ASBA-ASA 65th Annual Conference

December 14, 2022 - December 16, 2022

The ASBA-ASA Annual Conference is the celebratory end-of-year gathering of school board members, superintendents and other district leaders in the state. Attendees hear from national speakers, focus on statewide education initiatives through a variety of breakout sessions, and network and share experiences with other educational leaders from across Arizona. School board members, superintendents and educators are celebrated during the Celebration Café luncheon and Tribute to Leadership portions of the event. The 2022 Annual Conference will be held Dec. 14-16 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix.

Now Seeking Breakout Session Proposals

We are currently seeking proposals from those interested in presenting a 50-minute breakout session at this year’s event. In addition to a governance track hosted by ASBA/ASA staff, we will be offering breakouts around the following themes:

  • Student Engagement: Empowering students through meaningful engagement in district/school decision-making.
  • Family Engagement: Creating opportunities to encourage and engage families, caretakers, and caring adults in the education of the students they support.
  • Community Partnerships: Establishing and leveraging diverse partnerships with traditional (e.g., businesses, faith groups, large non-profits) and non-traditional (e.g., small non-profits, grassroots organizations, issue/value-based volunteer groups) community partners to provide resources and support of students and schools.

If you are interested in presenting around one of those three themes, please submit a proposal by Friday, Oct. 7. You may view and complete the RFP.


J.J. Soria

Actor, Speaker and Entrepreneur

J.J. Soria is most recognizable from his acting roles; most recently starring as Erik Morales in the Netflix Original series, “Gentefied.” He has also starred in other award-winning productions such as “Fast & Furious,” “The Shield,” “Army Wives” and “CSI Miami.” Born in the tough streets of Boyle Heights, near the heart of East LA, his personal story is filled with extreme highs and lows which labeled him as “at-risk.” At the age of 7, Soria suffered a severe head injury that affected his memory and ability to learn. As he got older, he looked inward to find the strength to overcome all of life's challenges. Before acting, J.J worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving kids with disabilities, a population that is still very dear to him. He eventually found himself at the footsteps of College of the Canyons, where he discovered his love for acting. Passionate about helping others, Soria has decided to use his powerful platform to inspire others by sharing his message of gratitude and maintaining a "no limits" mindset. In his off time, J.J. invests in his company “J-Walk Theory,” a brand he developed to help young people understand their value and and the importance of creating their own path.


Dr. Adolph "Doc" Brown III

Author, Humorist, Psychologist, Master Educator, and Unifier

Dr. Adolph Brown, III, is a clinical psychologist, life-long social justice advocate, and urban and rural school educator. Admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings, he credits Head Start and public education for making him who he is today.  For over 30 years, Dr. Brown has researched, field-tested, and implemented a set of concrete strategies used to support and enhance schools and businesses around the world. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational and inspirational speakers in America as well. Dr. Brown remains humble and grateful for his journey. He is most proud to be the husband of Marla and father of eight uniquely beautiful human beings, including a special needs daughter, and a grandson.

Wednesday, December 14th

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

New Board Member Orientation (AM)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm

New Board Member Orientation

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Main Conference Registration & Exhibit Hall Reception

Join your colleagues from around the state for food, drinks and a fun evening of networking in the vibrant Exhibit Hall, which features more than 100 vendors.

Thursday, December 15th

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:50 am

Opening General Session, Welcome, Presentation of Colors & Keynote Speaker JJ Soria

9:50 am - 10:30 am

Exhibit Hall and Meet & Greet with Keynote Speaker JJ Soria

10:30 am - 11:20 am

Breakout Sessions - Round 1

Five sessions to choose from.

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Breakout Sessions - Round 2

Five sessions to choose from.

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Celebration Café Awards Luncheon

We'll celebrate Arizona's ASA Superintendents of the Year and recognize some of the top educational programs in the state with ASBA Golden Bell Awards.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Exhibit Hall, Dessert & Entertainment

Enjoy dessert, student entertainment and prize drawings in the Exhibit Hall.

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Breakout Sessions - Round 3

Five sessions to choose from.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

ASBA Annual Membership Meetings

Election of officers to the 2023 ASBA Board of Directors will take place and an state-of-the-association report will be provided.


ASA Business Meeting


Exhibit Hall

Another opportunity to visit with the more than 100 vendors in the Exhibit Hall and participate in prize drawings.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Reception

Enjoy more fun, activities, food and drinks, plus some new vendor-sponsored activities.

Friday, December 16th

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:20 am

Breakout Sessions - Round 4

Five sessions to choose from.

9:40 am - 10:50 am

Keynote Speaker Dr. Adolph "Doc" Brown III

10:50 am - 12:00 pm

Tribute to Leadership Awards Celebration and Passing of the Gavel

ASBA's most prestigious awards will be presented during this very special ceremony, and the gavel will be passed from the 2022 president of the ASBA Board of Directors to the 2023 president.

12:00 pm -


Additional Information

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