Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Address
Featuring E. Toby Boyd, President, California Teachers Association (CTA)

Thursday, October 28

This year’s opening address for CASC’s state conference will feature E. Toby Boyd, California Teachers Association (CTA) President. Prior to becoming the President of CTA, Mr. Boyd had a 25-year teaching career in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Most of Boyd’s time as a teacher was spent with kindergarten students. In 2019, Boyd was elected CTA president after two terms as CTA District E Governing Board member.  As President of CTA, Boyd represented the interest and needs of the education community in California. He is a strong advocate for the implementation of universal access to preschool for all California’s children. Currently, Boyd serves on The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery and is the Co-Chair of the new State Senate Subcommittee on Loss of Learning and Safe Recovery from the Disruption and Devastation caused by COVID-19.

Boyd’s message stresses the valued gain from the influential partnership between CTA and CASC. He will also highlight some of the work that has been done to influence state policy towards more mental health supports, resulting in a significant increase in the California school counselor workforce. He will also recognize the exceptional support school counselors have made with students across California during this challenging time due to the COVID-19 virus.


Thrivers: What Really Helps Kids Find Happiness Today & Success Tomorrow

Thursday, October 28

Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Michele Borba has been a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for 40 years. She empowers all of us by providing skills that allow us to support the current generation of kids. The bestselling author of UnSelfie explains why the old markers of accomplishment are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century -- and offers proven traits that will safeguard our kids for what lies ahead. The high-achieving students she talks with every day are more accomplished, better educated, and more privileged than ever before. But many are also more stressed, unhappier, and struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout at younger and younger ages.

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s and social-emotional intelligence and character and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken on 19 countries in five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including work in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.

From George Floyd to Now:

Lessons learned and key innovations at the Heart of the Minneapolis's School Counseling Program

Friday, October 29



Derek Francis
Derek Francis serves as the Manager of Counseling Services for Minneapolis Public Schools and Professional Development Specialist for Hatching Results.  Derek specializes in helping students and staff build trusting cross cultural relationships and has presented at state and national conferences around the country.  Derek has led professional development for counselors and educators across the country.  Following the murder of George Floyd, Derek lead a virtual professional development attended by over 30,000 titled, “Proactive School Counseling After a Major Racial Incident.”   Some of Derek’s published work includes contributions to Contemporary Case Studies in School Counseling, published blog “This Is Not A Fire Drill – Supporting students after George Floyd” and July/August publication articles for American School Counselors Association and American School Board Journal.  Derek was quoted in a recent Time Magazine article titled “You Can’t Be Silent, Brace for Presidential Election.”  Derek’s belief is that school counselors are key for bridging our countries racial divide.

School Counselors: The Heart of Every School
Friday, October 29

Lori Woodley, MS, PPS
As the pandemic rages on and uncertainty remains the norm, school counselors bring the heart and healing to all those they serve. Counselors deserve to also embrace their own well being, finding grace in the chaos supports our ability to pour vibrantly from a full cup. 

Lori Woodley is a public speaker, trainer, and author in SEL/emotional intelligence, communication, experiential education, parenting and social impact. Lori is co-founder and CEO of All It Takes, a non-profit organization that teaches courageous and compassionate influence and leadership through Social Emotional literacy skills. Earning her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Lori spent 25 years as a K-8 school counselor in California.
As a counselor, Lori recognized the compelling need for youth to deepen their ability to access emotional intelligence traits (resiliency, empathy, accountability, independent thinking and decision making, etc.) and actively engage in purposeful thought followed by action in order to reduce risk factors. These factors include:  disengagement, school attendance issues, disruptive behaviors, bullying, entitlement, drug use, increased mental health disorders and suicide.
Lori’s programs, curriculum, and workshops target emotional well-being and how youth, and those who serve them, see themselves, individually and as a part of a larger collective. When recognizing their value, direct impact and their ability to be in control of their emotional reactions, youth become confident, empathetic, purpose driven catalysts who can thrive; socially, emotionally, and academically.