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 Bay Section President's Message

Evelyn Ocasio

Hayward USD - Retired

Dear Bay Section Members and Friends,

Whichever adventures you enjoyed during this beautiful summer, I hope you created a unique story to share with your family, friends and colleagues! 

As the 2023-24 Bay Section President, I am eager to share that we are ready to embrace new quests for this school year. With the success of the CASCWA 86th Annual State Conference that took place in Fresno CA, I am happy to say that the Bay Section will rise to the reputation of providing another successful conference for 2024! 

The Bay Section is honored to host the 2024 CASCWA State Conference in the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, CA on April 24 – 26, 2024. It is an exciting venture, one we continue to learn from, and one that I am confident will be a success. Please visit the link below to see the location and secure your hotel accommodations.

During this valuable conference a combination of skills with the knowledge-base in education and various services will be developed to help you resolve complicated situations involving compliance with compulsory education laws. Student admission and enrollment procedures, student discipline procedures, transfers to alternative programs, school climate and safety concerns, and programs for high-risk youth are some areas specifically addressed. Conference attendees will learn valuable information that will help them increase their school/district attendance, support all students’ rights, and potentially save their school/district from costly lawsuits and extensive attorney fees. In addition, every year each section distributes numerous scholarships to assist students to pursue the next level of their education. Something the organization takes great pride in supporting and carrying on with.

However, we cannot do it without the support of our friends and colleagues. Therefore, we are currently looking for Exhibitors, Sponsors and Presenters as we prepare for this empowering conference. The conference registration link will be posted shortly on the CASCWA homepage and the Bay Section website CASCWA - Bay 

For additional information, please contact me directly at 

Kind regards,

Evelyn Ocasio, Bay Section President


Bay Section President's Background

Evelyn Ocasio

After 23 years in the educational field Evelyn is now a retiree, but that does not go without mentioning her successes during her journey in the field. Her trajectory came to a completion as an Administrator for the Hayward Unified School District in Hayward, California. This allowed her to gain multiple facets of knowledge as she earned her highly respectful title of Director of Alternative Education Programs. Prior to this, she was the Principal of Ruus elementary school where she was honored in 2015 as the recipient of the Hayward Hero Award for her leadership and Ruus' success with students and families.  Evelyn also supported sites as an English Learner Program Specialist working with middle and high school students in the district.   She has been honored as Educator of the Year for the Hayward Unified School District and City of Hayward for 2016 by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce because of her effective leadership.

During her 23 years in the field of education, Evelyn was a passionate advocate for socially disadvantaged youth, foster youth, English language learners, and the families of Hayward.  For the past thirteen years, Evelyn has been a member and leader of the Bay Section California Association of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) as well as State President and state board member.

For the 2023-24 school year she again responds to the call and is the proud President for the Bay Section.  She continues to support the section board and members to build our professional learning community.  Her focus and immediate goal for this year will be to plan and execute the CASCWA 87th Annual State Conference hosted by the Bay Section. The conference will take place on April 24 – 26, 2024 in the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course.

Bay Section Members, please contact Evelyn ( to join the Bay Section Conference Planning Committee to help us make this an exciting and worthwhile event! 

REGISTRATION For the 2024 CASCWA State Conference in Monterey IS NOW ACTIVE!. 

If you have ever attended a CASCWA State Conference, then you know that it is a relevant and enriching event for educators in the field of student services!  This year's conference promises to be no exception.  Our Bay Section is planning to bring together the strongest set of presenters for the most relevant issues in our fields. 

Conference Registration is AT CAPACITY! 

Waitlist Registration is available HERE!

Hotel Registration for the Hyatt Regency Monterey is close to capacity

Hyatt Regency Registration  HERE! 

Hilton Garden Inn (down the street from the conference

Registration HERE!

Click below to see the program, pictures and other information from our 2023 CASCWA State Conference in Fresno!

Bay Section Student Scholarships are Active!

The Bay Section is proud to offer scholarships to graduating seniors who have overcome obsticles on their path to graduation.  Please see below for details.

23-24 CASCWA Bay Section Scholarship Information

2024 CASCWA Bay Section Scholarship Application

The Bay Section CASCWA Executive Board

Evelyn Ocasio

Bay Section President

Hayward USD - Retired

Celeste Pracale

Past President

Hayward USD

Andrew Kevy

Bay Section Treasurer

Hayward USD

Jennifer Clark

Member at Large

Pittsburg USD

DiShawn Givens

Member at Large

Hayward USD

Evelyn Ocasio


Past President-State Executive Board

Hayward USD

Stacey Bamford Bolyard

Member at Large

Fremont USD

2023 Bay Section Scholarship

Every year, each CASCWA Section awards scholarships for deserving students who have overcome adversity and are continuing with their post high school education.  Bay Section is proud to recognize five deserving students.  

Upcoming events

    • April 24, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • April 26, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1 Old Golf Course Rd Monterey, CA 93940


    CONFIRMED VENDORS ONLY should register below  

    If interested in becoming a sponsor/vendor please apply HERE

    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa 

    Regency Grand  Ballroom & Conference Center

    Regency Foyer

    Vendors have a special opportunity to interact with professionals from across California and beyond.  

    Approved Vendors/Sponsors, please complete the registration requirements.  Detailed instructions related to conference logistrics are available HERE

    Vendor registration is not complete until payment is received.  Please follow registration instructions 

    For any questions, please contact our Sponsor Coordinator, Evelyn Ocasio at or (925) 519-9286             
    Strategic Partners

    CASCWA W-9 Form (Bay Section) attached HERE

    • April 24, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • April 26, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Rd Montery, CA 93940
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    The Bay Section is proud to host

    The 87th State Conference


    The Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa

    on Del Monte Golf Course

    1 Old Golf Course Rd

    Monterey, CA 93940

    Conference Registration is AT CAPACITY

    Applications are still being accepted on our WAITLIST.  We will take people off the waitlist as space allows.


    Hotel Registration Link!

    Additional hotel accomodations are available nearby The Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

    1000 Aguajito Rd. Monterey 93940

    Hilton Overflow Registration

    The CASCWA conference offers comprehensive and useful information for school and district administrators, school support staff, social services & community based organizations regarding programs, policies, and procedures to support school success for students and families.   

    Please join us as a range of experts will provide workshops and presentations structured around  equity,  multi-tiered systems of support, and best practices relating to student support services and interventions.  The CASCWA Conference supports a district's ability to meet its established LCAP goals while we continue building our professional learning community through California and beyond!

    For any questions, please contact our conference chairperson, Andrew Kevy, at  or (510) 935-1090.             

    Strategic Partner


    CASCWA W-9 Form (Bay Section) attached HERE

    • April 26, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CASCWA State Conference

Past events

February 09, 2024 CASCWA Southern Section February 9th Workshop
February 05, 2024 Delta Sierra - Positive School Climate Workshop
December 12, 2023 CASCWA & KHSD Winter Conference 2023
October 25, 2023 CASCWA Southern Section - Fall Workshop
August 31, 2023 SCOE 13th Annual Attendance & Mental Health Training VENDOR REGISTRATION
August 31, 2023 SCOE Annual Attendance & Mental Health Training
May 10, 2023 CASCWA 86th Annual State Conference
May 10, 2023 CASCWA 86th State Conference Vendor Registration
March 30, 2023 Phil Kauble Topical Forum March 30, 2023
March 24, 2023 Bay Section Spring 2023 Workshop
October 14, 2022 2022 CASCWA Southern Section - Fall Workshop Knott's Berry Farm
September 29, 2022 Vendors for CASCWA Southern Section October 14th Workshop
September 01, 2022 SCOE Annual Attendance & Mental Health Training
May 12, 2022 Virtual 85th Annual CASCWA State Conference - Lake Tahoe
May 11, 2022 2022 State Conference Presenters Registration
May 11, 2022 85th Annual CASCWA State Conference - Lake Tahoe
February 04, 2022 Phil Kauble Topical Forum - February 4th 2022
October 26, 2021 Best Practices For Successful School Site Attendance Meetings
October 11, 2021 Maximizing Learning Opportunities Through a Focus on Social Emotional Learning
September 02, 2021 Building A Community of Learning Forward
April 26, 2021 84th Annual CASCWA Virtual Zoom State Conference
April 26, 2021 2021 Vendor/Sponsor Registration: 84th Annual CASCWA State Conference
March 05, 2021 Third Virtual Roundtable - Self Care, Attendance, Resilience & Homeless Students
February 25, 2021 CASCWA's Bay Section Winter Zoom Workshop 2021
February 23, 2021 Delta Sierra - FREE Zoom Attendance Certification
December 04, 2020 Supporting Students Returning to School After COVID
November 06, 2020 San Joaquin Section Virtual Attendance Certificate and Roundtable
October 28, 2020 Issues in Student Services Virtual Workshop 10-28-2020
April 20, 2020 Vendor/Sponsor Registration: 84th Annual CASCWA State Conference
April 20, 2020 84th Annual CASCWA State Conference
February 25, 2020 Attendance Certification Training - Sutter County
February 24, 2020 Attendance Certification Training - Shasta County
October 22, 2019 Attendance Certification Training: Sponsored by CASCWA, Parlier Unified & Fresno County Superintendent of Schools: Featuring Sherman Garnett
October 10, 2019 CASCWA Southern Section - Fall Workshop Knott's Berry Farm
August 29, 2019 10th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
May 31, 2019 Delta Sierra- 2nd Annual Richard C. Davis Scholarship Reception
May 17, 2019 2019 Anthony Brucia Success Award Luncheon
April 19, 2019 2019 Model SARB Recognition Breakfast
April 17, 2019 CASCWA 2019 State Conference Vendor Registration
February 25, 2019 Delta Sierra - Attendance Certification Training (Sh)
February 01, 2019 U and I in sUIcide - Addressing the Crisis
December 07, 2018 San Joaquin Section's 2018 Fall Workshop
October 11, 2018 CASCWA Southern Section - The Administrator as Lifeguard
September 25, 2018 CDE Webinar "Data-Driven, 3-tiered Approach to Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy: The CDE Webinar titled “Data-Driven, 3-tiered Approach to Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy” will be on September 25, 2018.
August 30, 2018 9th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
June 01, 2018 Delta Sierra - 1 st Annual Richard C. Davis Scholarship Reception
May 09, 2018 2018 Model SARB Recognition Luncheon
May 09, 2018 CASCWA 2018 State Conference Vendor Registration
May 09, 2018 "Student Success by Design" 82nd Annual CASCWA State Conference
December 08, 2017 San Joaquin Sections 2017 Winter Workshop
October 13, 2017 Model SARB Application Workshop - San Joaquin Section 2017
October 10, 2017 Model SARB Application Workshop - Delta Sierra Section 2017
August 31, 2017 8th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
April 19, 2017 2017 CASCWA State Conference, Tahoe City Ca


Click below for the link to the publication:

2023 California Laws Relating to Minors

For more information, please contact:


Maria Hwang de Bravo

Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.

(310) 753-2380

Sherman Garnett & Associates

Sherman Garnett and Associates is a state and nationally recognized trainer in the field of pupil services and has served/currently serves on numerous state and national committees.

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