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Why Work With Us

The Cosca Group is experienced, proven, and authentic. Having a proven track record for over twenty years, we are confident that we will achieve your district’s goals and meet your community’s expectations. 

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Mentoring & Seminars

Due to the severity of the recent spread of Covid-19 Omicron the Superintendent Candidates Seminar is being postponed.  We are committed to the health and safety of all our participants and staff. We will offer the seminar again as soon as it is prudent to do so. All confirmed participants will receive a full refund. We will advise all registrants as to when our new dates are set. Anyone interested being updated re: future offerings may complete the registration form and we will send you notifications as to future scheduled sessions. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Cosca Group

The Superintendent Candidate Seminar

KEYS TO EFFECTIVE CAREER ADVANCEMENT AND LONG TERM PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS
VALIDATING THE DECISION | PERFECTING THE APPLICATION | HONING THE PRESENTATION
Presented by

Participant Rated
4.5 out of 5 Stars

REALIZE

If you plan to apply for a superintendent position, it is up to you to take the steps to make your hopes a reality. While an impressive resume is a start, purposeful, well-informed strategies will substantially enhance your ability to achieve the right position and realize long term career success.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND . . .

  • Equip yourself to stand out among your competitors
  • Understand what boards really want
  • Learn the facts from experienced search consultants
  • Collect inside tips in discussions with your contemporaries
  • Gather ways to polish your application package
  • Refresh your interview IQ
  • Appreciate the fundamentals of making the right move
  • Get answers to questions during Table Talks

THE PROGRAM

You’ve worked hard and you know you are ready. You have the training and experience. Successfully presenting yourself as the right candidate is your final hurdle. With well-informed strategies and purposeful effort, you can dramatically improve your potential for success 

Day 1

4:00 – 4:15 Welcome and opening remarks
4:15 – 5:30 Positioning Yourself for the Move
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner – on your own
6:30 – 8:00 Making the right decision for you

Day 2

8:00 – 8:10 Opening Remarks
8:10 – 11:00 Developing a Polished Application Packet
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch – on your own
12:00 – 4:00 Preparing a Flawless Interview
Mock Interviews
4:00 – 4:30 Networking and Closing Activities

SESSION TOPICS

SESSION I
Positioning Yourself and Making the Right Decision
Grooming Your Candidacy Before You Apply
Understanding all Aspects of the Process
Appraising Yourself and the Position
Organizing a Positive Transition

SESSION II
Developing a Polished Application Package
Focusing on What Matters
Crafting a Perfect Letter of Intent
Constructing the Right Resume
Fine-Tuning All the Details

SESSION III
Preparing for a Flawless Interview
Realizing Preparation Essentials
Anticipating Traps and Pitfalls

FEATURED PRESENTERS

Joel Shapiro
Joel Shapiro

President of The Cosca Group, he served as assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in the Burbank Unified School District. He then served as superintendent in the South Pasadena Unified School District for four and one-half years.  Mr. Shapiro has been involved in leadership positions in regional and statewide organizations to advance teaching and learning. 

Jan Britz
Dr. Jan Britz

Experienced search consultant, former Superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District and adjunct professor at multiple California universities.

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Dr. Fred Navarro

Dr. Fred Navarro is a lifelong educator, most recently retiring as Superintendent from the Newport Mesa Unified School District with a reputation for recruiting and cultivating top talent in all leadership roles. 

Tom Johnstone
Dr. Tom Johnstone

Dr. Tom Johnstone served for 38 years as an educator. Tom served the Lennox School District community for over 28 years as a site administrator, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and asst. superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Johnstone served as superintendent in the Wiseburn Unified School District from 2008-2018.  Among his accomplishments as superintendent in Wiseburn are the successful culmination of a 13-year journey to achieve K-12 unification, a successful $89 million bond election, and the construction of a $160 million state-of-the-art high school.

Tom brings his experience and expertise of charter school education to the Cosca Group having served as a Board Member for the School Employers Association of California (SEAC) for 9 years including 3 years as the Chair of the Board. He currently sits on the Board for DaVinci RISE Charter High School.

Dr. Steve Kennedy
Dr. Steve Kennedy

Dr. Steve Kennedy, is a recently retired Superintendent of Menifee Union School District and veteran public school educator with over 32 years in K-12 education.

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Ms. Pat Puleo

Experienced search consultant; recognized expert in curriculum, instruction, mentoring, evaluation, and planning; and former CSU, Fullerton Director of Education Programs.

Theresa Daem
Dr. Theresa Daem

Founder of the National Association of School Superintendents, author, and former Superintendent of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Mentoring & Seminars

The Venue

CourtyardMarriotBurbank1
CourtyardMarriotBurbank2

COURTYARD by MARRIOTT, BURBANK

2100 Empire Ave. Burbank, CA
Special Room Rates with Free Parking

Phone – 818-843-5500
Fax – 818-843-2700

This hotel offers easy access to area freeways and the Burbank Airport. Hotel guests will appreciate the 24-hour business center, outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, and The Bistro Restaurant serves American cuisine in a comfortable setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

SEMINAR REGISTRATION

Registration Fee $299

Space is limited; applications will be confirmed based on the order received.
Fee includes 90+ page Candidate Resource Collection
All participants will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Complete the form and pay with paypal

Or

Mail your registration and payment to: The Cosca Group 2290 La Mer Ct. Costa Mesa CA 92627-6717

Your registration will not be complete until your payment of $299 has been received.
The hotel would like the number of people who would like to eat at the hotel restaurant. If you would like to do so, we will reserve a table for you at The Bistro for Friday dinner. For your convenience, we have provided a list of several restaurants that are very close by below.

RESTAURANTS NEAR THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, BURBANK

Olive Garden – Empire Center
Enjoy a variety of delicious Italian specialties, freshly made for you.
Open for lunch and dinner  Phone:  +1 818-559-3640
LEARN MORE

 

Outback Steakhouse – Empire Center
At Outback, it’s all about quality – and all about the food. So let go of the worries of the
day, and Go Outback.
Open for lunch and dinner  Phone:  +1 818-567-2717
LEARN MORE

Yalla Mediterranean – Empire Center
Farm fresh Mediterranean food.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-565-0426
MAKE A RESERVATION

Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill – Empire Center
Making a difference with fresh, natural and organic ingredients with enhanced spices
and flavors from Mexico
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-840-9080
LEARN MORE

Hook Burger – Empire Center
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual

Hometown Buffet – Empire Center
Our focus is on traditional ‘home cooking’, which includes freshly prepared salads,
soups, entrees and desserts.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-955-5797
LEARN MORE

Gordon Biersch Brewery – downtown Burbank
Freshly brewed Lagers, an exhibition kitchen, live music Thursday through Saturday
evenings and complimentary valet parking make this Brewery/Restaurant a destination
for anyone visiting Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-569-5240
LEARN MORE

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – downtown Burbank
California is known for it’s eateries and breweries. BJ’s Handcrafted Beers with over 140 awards. Serving amazing beer, pasta, soup, sandwiches for a good old time. Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-557-0881
LEARN MORE

Wokcano Grill – downtown Burbank
Wokano cusines ranges from sushi, japanese and chinese cusine.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-524-2288
LEARN MORE

In-N-Out Burger – downtown Burbank
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 800-786-1000
LEARN MORE

Islands Restaurant – downtown Burbank
Come expeience the island flair, a surfer’s paradise. Hang 10 with our island burgers,
fries and drinks.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-566-7744
LEARN MORE
CHINESE, 4 MILES

P. F. Chang’s – inside Burbank Town Center Mall
P.F. Chang’s offers a casual dining atmosphere to experience authentic Chinese food &
Asian cuisine
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-391-1070
LEARN MORE

Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant – studio district
Home of the Original Double-Decker Hamburger! Oldest Big Boy in the country with
Friday nights taking a trip down nostalgia lane featuring classic cars, it’s truly a blast
from the past!
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-843-9334
LEARN MORE

Morton’s Steakhouse – studio district
For 30 years, we have served only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged
beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant
desserts.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Smart Casual  Phone:  +1 818-238-0424
LEARN MORE

San Sai Japanese Grill – airport area
It’s all about freshness, taste, and quality!
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual  Phone:  +1 818-565-0420

Cancellation Policy: To be eligible for a refund, cancellation must be in writing and dated on or before February 15, 2020. Refunds will be less a $50 administration fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations dated after January 10 2020 or for “no shows”.

Disclaimers: *TCG reserves the right to make reasonable substitutions in the event of speaker cancellation or conference room adjustments. *TCG is not responsible for travel expenses lost due to the cancellation of or change in a program. *TCG, its officers, vendors, contractors and employees assume no responsibility for any personal injury or property damage or loss incurred by a TCG partner, associate, guest or participant at any TCG-sponsored activity.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Dr. Jan Britz 805-796-9772 or jbritz@thecoscagroup.com

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2290 La Mer Court
Costa Mesa, CA 92627-6717

877-549-5167
www.thecoscagroup.com