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Michael Dennis

State Conference Chair/CEO

State Conference Planning Committee Dwight Bonds

Phyllis Marshall

Counsel for Manatt

Dr. Pamela Short-Powell CAAASA Past President California State Assembly

Paul Richman

Executive Director CAPTA

Andrea Bennett

Executive Director CEPTA

Executive Director CAAASA

Dr. Charlie Mae Knight Consultant

Gordon Jackson

Assistant Superintendent, CDE

Seth Bramble

Legislative Advocate ACSA

Eric Andrews

Michael Watkins

Superintendent Campbell School District

Ken Magdaleno


Nicole Anderson

Executive Director CLEAR

Diversity and Access ACSA

Rick Mockler

Regina Wilson

Executive Director California Head Start


Dr. Judy White

Superintendent CAAASA President-Elect

Maggie Steele

Dr. Ramona Bishop Superintendent

Teri Burns

Dr. Darryl Adams Superintendent

Marne Foster

Vice President Family Engagement CAPTA

Senior Policy Director CSBA

Board Member San Diego City Schools

Rory Kaufman

Dr. Corina Espinoza

Camille Maben

Senior Consultant Speaker’s Office for the California State Assembly

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CAAASA President’s Message: Dr. Judy White

President, CAAASA

I would like to take the time to first thank our State Chair and the Planning Committee for their hard work and dedication in putting together this year’s state conference. We are extremely appreciative to California Department of Education (CDE) and other statewide organizations for their hard work. Association of California Superintendents and Administrators (ACSA) co-sponsors for their hard work and contributions to make this conference a success. The conference’s general sessions, seminars and workshops will provide solutions and strategies to enhance and foster positive educational environments that will improve the quality of, and expand access to an equitable education for underserved students throughout the state of California. Enjoy the conference and thank you for your participation. Hope to see you next year.

2015 State Conference Goals 1. Aligning strategies that promote Access to Excellence for Students of Color. 2. Implementing Common Core State Standards to increase educational excellence for African-American, Latino and other Underserved students. 3. Professional Development addressing LCFF & LCAP for eligible students. 4. Increase strategies to improve graduation rates and increase college readiness and access for students of color. 5. Statewide solutions to eliminate the “digital divide” for African-American, Latino and other underserved students and increase equity of technological access for urban and rural students. 6. Addressing student discipline, suspension, expulsion, truancy and chronic absenteeism. 7. Increase awareness about the advantages and values of Early Childhood Education

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7:00 am - 5:00 pm VENDORS OPEN 7:00 am - 8:00 am BREAKFAST 8:00 am - 10:00 am OPENING PLENARY 1 California Ballroom Second Floor CALL TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE • Dwight Bonds, Executive Director, CAAASA PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE STUDENT VOCALIST • Deja Fields - Star Spangled Banner and Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" WELCOME • Dr. Judy White, President, CAAASA, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District GREETINGS • Kevin L. Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego • Cindy Martin, Superintendent, San Diego City Schools • Michael Dennis, Conference Chair "Accelerating Academic Growth for African American and Other Students of Color" Moderator: Dr. Judy White, CAAASA President, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District Keynote Speakers: • Dr. Randy Ward, Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education • David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans • Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Commissioner, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Superintendent, Phoenix Union School District • Dr. Rita Kohli, Assistant Professor - Education, Society and Culture Program, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside    10:00 am - 10:30 am TRANSITION BREAK / VISIT VENDORS 10:30 am - 11:45 am WORKSHOP SERIES I - Targeted Workshops A 10:30 am - 11:45 am TOWN HALL MEETING: LCAP/LCFF Santa Fe Moderator: Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District • Rose Luna, CTA Staff, Negotioning Organizing Department • Vernon Billy, Executive Director, California School Boards Association • Wesley Smith, Executive Director, Association of California School Administrators • Paul Richman, Executive Director, California Parent Teacher Association • Ryan Smith, CEO, EdTrust West 10:30 am - 11:45 am UNCONSCIOUS BIAS - (Part 1 of 3) (participants must commit to all three sessions) - Presented by California Teachers Association


10:30 am - 11:45 am SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE Del Mar Moderator: Doc Irving, Superintendent, Greenfield Union Elementary School District “Brain-STEM: Increasing Student Achievement through STEAM,” by Dr. Kenneth Wesson, Independent Educational Consultant: Neuroscience and VP, Western and International Divisions 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

PLENARY 2 California Ballroom 2nd Floor

"Leave No Child Offline" Blending Learning and 21st Century Skills

Moderator: Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent, CoachellaValley Unified School District


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Mary Stutts, Vice President, Comcast Scott Kinney, Sr. Vice President, Discovery Education Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa Valley County Office of Education Dr. Lorrie Owens, CTO, San Mateo Office of Education Shawn Sanders, State and Local Government Education, Microsoft

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

WORKSHOP SERIES II - Targeted Workshops B

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS (Part 2 of 3) Presented by California Teachers Association


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm HEALTH AND EQUITY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Del Mar Chair, Dr. Pamela Short-Powell “System Approach to Implementing Equity in Common Core” Presented by CAAASA and CDE (designed for Superintendents and District Teams only) Featured Speaker • Edwin Javius, Founder/CEO, EDEquity 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm TOWN HALL MEETING: “My Brother’s Keeper ” Sante Fe Moderator: Marc Philpart, PolicyLink • Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent, San Jose Unified School District • Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent, Coachcella Valley Unified School District • Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District • Gary Hardy, Vice President Board Member, Lynwood Unified School District 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS - (Part 3 of 3) Presented by California Teachers Association


5:30 pm OPENING RECEPTION: RELAX. CONNECT. NETWORK Terrace AT A SOCIAL EVENT • Sponsored by The Law Firm of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP • Student Entertainment - SD-SCPA Jazz Ensemble

DAY 2: THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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8:00 am - 1:00 pm YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT San Diego Ballroom 4th Floor • Robert Jackson, Educator, Motivational Speaker and Author of “No More Excuses” • Michael Dennis, Educator, Consultant, Education Advocate and Author of STARS Program • Erik Cork, Consultant and Creator, “Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme” Workshop • Ernie G, Comedian, Entertainer, Inspirational and Empowerment Speaker 8:00 am - 10:00 am PLENARY 3 California Ballroom 2nd Floor Welcome / Moderator : Wil Ector, Superintendent, Berryessa School District "Healthy Families, Healthy Communities, Healthy Learners" • Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment • Dr. Michael Lenoir, President, Ethnic Health Institute at Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center • Dr. Rodney Hood, President, MultiCultural Primary Care Medical Group • Dr. Ramona Bishop, Superintendent, Vallejo City Schools 10:00 am - 10:30 am


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Moderator: Maya Woods-Cadiz, Superintendent, American Indian Model School SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE Del Mar Moderator: Dr. Mark Marshall, Superintendent, Eastside Union School District Co presenter : Dr. Arun Ramanathan, CEO, Pivot Learning Partners “Using Your LCAP to Prevent Inappropriate Special Education Placements and Close the Pipeline to Prison” 10:30 am - 11:45 am TOWN HALL MEETING: Early Childhood Development Santa Fe Convened by; • Camille Maben, Executive Director, First 5 California • Rick Mockler, Executive Director, California Head Start Association • Esmirna Valencia, Executive Director, Riverside County Office of Education, Division of Childhood & Family Services • Patricia Yeldell, PhD, Instructional Director, Early Childhood Education, LAUSD 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 2:00 pm PLENARY 4 California Ballroom 2nd Floor Welcome / Moderator: Dr. Michelle Bowers, Superintendent, Lancaster School District “California’s Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis” • Jill Habig, California Attorney General’s Office Program and Strategies: • Dr. Michelle Bowers, Superintendent, Lancaster School District • Karen Monroe, Superintendent, Alameda County Office of Education • Hedy Chang, Director, Attendance Works • Gordon Jackson, Director, Coordinated Student Support Division, CDE 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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2:30 pm - 3:45 pm HEALTH AND EQUITY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (Part 2 of 2) Del Mar Chair, Dr. Pamela Short-Powell

"Access, Equity and the Standards for Mathematical Practice"

Featured Speakers; • Kyndall Brown, PhD, Executive Director, California Mathematics Project • Vicki Rice, Founder and Executive Director, Coalition for Educational Partnerships 2:30PM - 3:45 pm TOWN HALL MEETING: “Boys and Men of Color” Moderator: Marc Philpart, PolicyLink • Luis Sanchez, Movement Strategy Center • Taryn Ishida, Californians for Justice • Sarah Omojola, Public Counsel • Luke Wood, San Diego State University 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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WORKSHOP SERIES V (optional) Targeted Workshops E

4:30 pm - 6:15 pm SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE TOWN HALL HEARING: California Ball Room A/B 2nd Floor Convened by: Assemblymember Shirley Weber, PhD Introduction of Assembly Member: Dr. Judy White, CAAASA President, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District This legislative hearing will be divided into three sessions. Presenters in each session will be asked to examine how we can achieve equity and excellence in education. Sesson 1: Status of Boys and Men of Color a State, Local and Federal Perspective; Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color Session 2: College Access and Readiness Session 3: Increasing the Diversity of Educational Leaders in California 6:30 pm


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DAY 3: FRIDAY, March 13, 2015

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

REGISTRATION Hotel Foyer 1st Floor

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7:30 am - 9:00 am

PLENARY 5 California Ballroom 2nd Floor

STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT • Sandra Foster-King - Choreography; Marcos Bonnes - Dancer Introduction of Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber: Dr. Judy White, President, CAAASA Welcome / Moderator : Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber “College Readiness for Students of Color" Moderator: Shirley Weber, PhD, California Assemblymember • Alicia Dixon, Executive Director, Marcus Foster Education Fund • Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities • Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Dean, College of Education, San Diego State University • Dr. Frank Harris III, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University • Dr. Francisco C. Rodriguez, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District 9:00 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 12:15 pm ASPIRING AND NEW SUPERINTENDENTS ACADEMY – Hosted by CALSA, ACSA and CAAASA 9:15 am - 10:30 am



9:15 am - 10:30 am TOWN HALL MEETING: Santa Fe Moderator: Duane Coleman, Superintendent, Oceanside School District Parent Engagement • Dr. George J. McKenna lll, District 1 Board Member, LAUSD • Dr. Sharon V. Robinson, Chief of Staff, Board District 1, LAUSD 10:45 am - 12:00 pm SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE Del Mar Moderator: Winfred B. Roberson, Jr., Superintendent, Davis Joint School District • Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs 10:45 am - 12:00 pm SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE La Jolla Moderator: Doc Irving, Superintendent, Greenfield Union Elementary District • Dr. Sylvia Rousseau, Clinical Professor, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, "Countering Pedagogies of Oppression." • Doc Irving, Superintendent 10:45 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 2:15 pm PLENARY 6 - "Youth Promise Act” California Ballroom 2nd Floor Introduction: Dr. Donald Evans, Superintendent, Berkeley Unified School District Opening: • Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

YOUTH PROMISE ACT • Keynote Speaker: Congressman Robert “Bobby” C. Scott (D-Va) • Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education • Michelle King, Chief Deputy Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District • Otha Thornton, President, National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) • Dr. Chet Hewitt, CEO, Sierra Health Foundation



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Plenary Speakers Hedy N. Chang is the founder and director ofAttendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancingstudent success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter,facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present,Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing ChronicAbsence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous articles aboutstudent attendance. As a result ofher work, in 2013, she was named a Championof Change by the White House, for her commitment to furthering AfricanAmerican Education. Passionateabout promoting two-generation solutions to achieving a more just and equitablesociety, Hedy has spent more than two decades working in the fields of familysupport, family economic success, education and child development.

Alicia Dixon has served as Executive Director of the Marcus Foster Education Fund since 2010. In that

capacity, she guides the process of building capacity of the organization’s public and non-profit partners to ensure that students have opportunity and equity in achieving postsecondary success. Alicia’s passion for educational equity stems from her firsthand accounts for eight years as a grant maker with the California Endowment, where she supported secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to ensure diversity in the healthcare workforce. Her professional experiences are driven by a personal commitment to improved quality of life outcomes in under resourced communities. She has more than 25 years of multi-sector, California-based, professional experience in data-informed program development and management, fund development, coalition building, and policy development and implementation.

Dr. Frank Harris III is an associate professor of postsecondary education and co-director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San DiegoState University. His research is broadly focused on student development and student success in postsecondary education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ ethnic disparities in college student outcomes. In his role as co-director of M2C3, Harris partners with community colleges across the United States to conduct research and design interventions to facilitate student achievement among men who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in postsecondary education. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in Speech Communication from California State University Northridge, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

Chet P. Hewitt is the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and its independent operating unit, the Center for Health Program Management. Since beginning his tenure in 2007, Chet has focused foundation investments on health disparities, health equity and the healthy development and well-being of vulnerable youth. Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Director of the Alameda County Social Services Agency, where he is credited with transforming its failing child welfare system into a national model and using technology to improve the delivery of human services. Previously, he served as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York and established and managed its West Coast regional office in San Francisco. He is a frequent lecturer on philanthropy and public sector leadership, and advises localities across the nation on issues related to the transformation of public systems.


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Rodney G. Hood, M.D., FACP, is the CEO of Careview Medical Group of SanDiego. He also serves as Vice Chair, Cobb Board of Directors and President of the Multicultural Primary Care Physician Medical Group and is Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine. He actively participates in organized medicine with memberships that include the California Medical Association, American Medical Association (AMA), AMA–MAC, and APC. However, his passion for medicine has been expressed through his membership in the National Medical Association (NMA), serving as President of the local San Diego NMA affiliate and Golden State Medical Association of California. He was elected to the board of the NMA then served two years as chairman before being elected as the 101st President of the organization. He is the past NMA delegate representative to the AMA House of Delegates.

David Johns serves as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. In this capacity, he works to identify evidenced-based best practices to improve African American student achievement from cradle to career. A former New York City elementary school teacher and adjuct professor at American University, Johns holds a Bachelors degree from Columbia University as well as a Master’s degree in Sociology and Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his current position, Johns served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel,( D-N.Y.) Johns has worked on issues affecting low-income and minority students, neglected youth and early childhood education, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). His research as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow served as a catalyst to identify, disrupt and supplant negative perceptions of black males, both within academia and society.

Joseph F. Johnson became SDSU's Dean of the College of Education after serving SDSU for almost a decade. A graduate of SDSU's education master's program, Johnson assumed his new role in April. Johnson started at SDSU as a professor of educational leadership and executive director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation, which helps urban schools to achieve exceptional academic results. Johnson has served as a school district administrator in New Mexico, a state education department official in Texas and Ohio and director of student achievement and school accountability at the U.S. Department of Education. He received a master’s degree from SDSU and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Scott Kinney

An acknowledged thought leader and powerful voice in support of educational technology, Scott Kinney has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry. As senior vice president for Discovery Education, Kinney cultivates partnerships with school districts across the country, working with educators and administrators to develop customized solutions that support their strategic goals and empower them to make the transition from print to digital. Under his leadership, Discovery Education services are transforming teaching and learning in more than half of U.S. schools and English primary schools, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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Michelle King currently serves as the Chief Deputy Superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, under the direction of Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. In this capacity, she functions as coexecutive and provides educational and operational leadership in developing and implementing District goals and priorities; guiding principles and standards; and accountabilities and educational reform to ensure student achievement to the highest standards of excellence. She has responsibility for creating policy and making recommendations to the Superintendent and members of Board of Education to help create the conditions for success for more than 700,000 students and staff. A proud graduate of LAUSD schools, she has dedicated her entire career to serving the students of LAUSD as a teacher, coordinator, assistant principal, principal, Chief Administrator of Secondary Instruction, Assistant Superintendent, Local District Superintendent, Chief of Staff to the Superintendent, and Senior Deputy Superintendent. As a career educator, Ms. King is committed to ensuring that all students have access to learning and are prepared for the opportunities a college education provides. She has led district-wide instructional reform plans that address graduation requirements and the need to significantly improve student achievement.

Bernard W. Kinsey; Described by the New York Times as an “Aggressive Achiever,” Bernard Kinsey, a former Xerox Executive and former Chief Operating Officer and co-Chairman of Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA), President & Founder of KBK Enterprises, Inc. and most recently co owner of the Kinsey Collection art & historical exhibit. The Kinsey Collection is considered one of the premier collections of African American History and Art and has been traveled to eighteen cities and was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In March 2013, Walt Disney World Resort at Epcot opened “Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection “ where over twenty million people from all over the world will experience the exhibit a celebration of African American Achievement & Accomplishments. The Kinsey Collection has been chronicled in over 400 articles and TV program worldwide and has been seen by over four million people. Shirley & Bernard are both graduates of Florida A & M University and both have advanced degrees from Pepperdine University. Bernard has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Florida A&M University, and Alabama A&M University.

Rita Kohli is an Assistant Professor in the Education, Society and Culture Department in the Graduate

School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She also serves as co-chair for the Critical Educators for Social Justice ( CESJ ) Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and is co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice ( ITOC ). She has a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and served as an Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at Santa Clara University. A former Oakland Unified School District teacher and teacher educator, Kohli has spent over 15 years in urban public schools across the country. Her research interests include race and educational inequality, urban education, and diversity in the teaching force. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education , the Urban Review, and Teacher Education Quarterly, and she is currently the co-editor of a special issue highlighting critical research on novice teachers of color which will be published by Equity and Excellence in Education

Michael LeNoir MD is President of theEthnic Health Institute at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Associate ClinicalProfessor in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco anda member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Hospital Oakland. A nationallyrecognized expert in dealing with the problem of asthma in inner cities, he hasa special interest in asthma in African American and high risk communities and geneticpolymorphisms. For 20 years heserved as the director of allergy services at San Francisco General Hospital. Since1985, he has been the CEO of the Ethnic Health America Network that producesthe Telly award winning Ethnic Health America Program, a 30-minute TV healthmagazine currently airing in 150 cities nationwide and over 1400 cities nationwideon MBC Network. Dr. LeNoir is the host and executive producer of the AboutHealth Program, a one-hour talk show on Pacifica Radio, KPFA. His popular oneminute feature, AboutHealthTime, currentlyairs several times per week on KBLX radio in San Francisco and several ClearChannel stations.” In 1997 Dr.LeNoir and VNR-1, launched a nationally syndicated TV news feature called theLeNoir Health Report, which aired on FOX and ABC TV in several cities. From1981 to 1993, he served as the medical editor for KCBS radio, hosting a 2 hourweekly talk show. He is currentlyworking on the development of a Health 2.0 site. 22

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Karen Monroe understands the power of education to change and even save lives. She has dedicated

herself to ensuring that students and families are seen, valued, and have access to vital educational opportunities and supports. The power of learning has been a constant in her life. She proudly stands on the shoulders of four generations who have called the Bay Area home. Her mother and grandmother were teachers in this community before her and she is deeply committed to promoting the highest quality education for every student. In her youth, Karen had the great privilege of serving as legislative Intern to The Honorable Shirley Chisholm during her last congressional term. She will tell you that “working with your role model is a life-changing experience – especially one who so boldly interrupted the expectations of the past to redefine what is possible”. This opportunity truly ignited her passion for educational advocacy.

Dr. Barbara Nemko serves as Superintendent of Schools with the Napa County Office of Education. She has held the position since 1997 and is in her fourth term. Before joining the Office of Education as Curriculum Director in 1991, the veteran educator taught school in New York and the Berkeley Unified School District. She served on the advisory board for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Kitchen Cabinet and serves on the Workforce Investment Board, NapaLearns, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council and the P-16 Council. She was named one of the “Top 40 Innovators in Education” by the Center for Digital Education. Barbara and her office recently won the 1st Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Award in the category of “We Are Family.”

Lorie Owens plans, organizes, controls and directs all Information Technology Services operations and activities for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Ms. Owens and her team support all of the instructional and administrative systems used by the county office business and academic programs, including the financial/position control system used by the COE and all of the public school districts and charter schools in the county. Ms. Owens and her staff maintain the network infrastructure supporting all of the COE’s instructional and administrative systems, as well as the voice and cellular systems, multi-function systems and all audio/visual systems.

Marc Philpart, Associate Director, leads Black Male Achievement initiatives at PolicyLink and co-

directs the Institute for Black Male Achievement. The Institute is a national membership network dedicated to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys through systemic change. Philpart has specific expertise in supporting and developing networks that advance policy and promising practices to further race and gender equity in the areas of health, education, employment and juvenile justice. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Philpart worked in the president’s office at PATH, a non-profit global health organization. He holds masters degrees in public affairs and public health from the University of Washington in Seattle and earned his BA in History from Xavier University of Louisiana. In his spare time he enjoys international travel, reading, and the paradoxical life of being a fitness junkie and foodie.

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez serves as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. Prior to his appointment as head of the nation’s largest community college district, Dr. Rodriguez served as superintendent/president at MiraCosta Community College District (Oceanside, CA) for five years and president at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, CA) for six years.. With 30 years of experience as an educator, faculty member and administrator within California public higher education, Dr. Rodriguez is a noted scholar and speaker and has dedicated his career to diversity, equity and inclusion issues and to outreach to underserved communities, particularly the development of young Latino and African American males. He serves as a lecturer in the doctoral education programs at Sacramento State University and at San Diego State University. Dr. Rodriguez earned a bachelor of arts in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in education and a master of science in Community Development, both from the University of California-Davis. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Oregon State University. The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter


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Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and

chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health executive, and as a clinician. His service includes: medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott is currently serving his eleventh term in Congress.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Scott served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993. During his 15-year tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Rep. Scott successfully sponsored laws that are critical to Virginians in healthcare, education, employment, economic development, crime prevention, social services and consumer protection. His legislative successes included laws that improved healthcare benefits for women, infants and children, increased the Virginia minimum wage and created the Governor’s Employment and Training Council. He also sponsored the Neighborhood Assistance Act, which provides tax credits to businesses for donations made to approved social service and crime prevention programs. Rep. Scott currently serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations and a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Rep. Scott also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner is the superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, a post he

has held since 2008. Phoenix Union is the largest high school district in Arizona, serving over 27,000 students in grades 9 through 12.

In October 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Scribner to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Born in Los Angeles, California, Scribner earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota, an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. He began his education career as a high school Spanish teacher in Philadelphia. He moved to Arizona in 1992 as a graduate research assistant at Arizona State University, where he examined issues of quality and diversity in Phoenix Union regarding the district’s court-ordered desegregation.

Ryan Smith. Prior to joining The Education Trust—West, Ryan was the Director of Education Programs

and Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where he was responsible for the education program and policy efforts for the organization. He also coordinated Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), a Los Angeles-based coalition of civil rights, education and community advocacy groups dedicated to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for students-of-color and students living in poverty.

Mary Stutts is the Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast NBCU California responsible for all

aspects of Comcast’s government affairs, communications, community investment and telecommunications policy matters throughout the state. Her career reflects a history of success in public affairs and communications leadership at Fortune 200 companies including Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer, United Health Group and Kaiser Permanente. Prior to those roles, Stutts worked in broadcast and print media. She excels in integrating strategic and tactical solutions that help drive growth and create clear value with all internal and external stakeholders including media, legislators, regulators, consumers, communities, industry, academia and employees.


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Otha Thornton, President of National PTA, is a senior operations analyst with General Dynamics in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and his last two assignments were with the White House Communications Agency and United States Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. Thornton earned the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional performance in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom 20092010. Previously, Thornton served on National PTA’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Membership Committee, and Executive Search Committee. During his time with Georgia PTA, Otha served on the Board of Directors as legislative chair and as an Advisory Group member for Georgia’s Partnership for Excellence in Education. Thornton also served Maryland PTA as nominating leader, board development committee chairman, and as a member of Anne Arundel County’s Superintendent High Performing High School Task Force. In addition, he was appointed by the governor of Maryland to serve on a Maryland Education Task Force. Thornton is also active in the community. He is a member of Atlanta’s West End Church of Christ and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association and has more than 25 years of active service in the scouting program across the United States and around the world. Thornton received his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in communications from Michigan Technological University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Michigan Technological University in 2009. Thornton has been married to Caryn, an educator, for 24 years. They have a daughter and a son.

Tom Torlakson was elected to a four-year term as California’s 27th State Superintendent of Public

Instruction on November 2, 2010. As chief of California’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education, Superintendent Torlakson applies his experience as a science teacher, high school coach, and state policymaker to fight for our students and improve our state’s public education system. Torlakson’s journey has led him from the classrooms of Contra Costa County’s Mount Diablo Unified School District (where he remains a teacher-on-leave), to the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate and State Assembly. During his tenure in the California State Legislature, Torlakson acted to protect education funding, improve student nutrition and physical education, and ensure school safety. He also championed legislation to increase funding for textbooks, computers, and other instructional materials and efforts to close the digital divide, eliminate the achievement gap, and reduce the dropout rate.

Assembly Member Shirley Nash Weber was elected in November of 2012 to represent

California’s 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego. Weber Chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1, which focuses on Health and Human Services issues; the Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County; and the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate. She also serves on numerous Assembly committees that represent a diverse range of topics, including, Education, Higher Education, Appropriations, Budget, and Banking and Finance.Born to sharecroppers from Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of 3. Her parents, in particular her father, valued education and supported their daughter’s academic aspirations. She attended UCLA, where she received her BA, MA and PhD by the age of 26. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she became a professor at San Diego State University at the age of 23. Dr. Weber also taught at California State University at Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College before coming to San Diego State University.

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Wednesday March 11th Workshop Series 1 10:30am - 11:45am Del Mar Room

Brain-STEM: Increasing Student Achievement through STEAM Ken Wesson

Independent Educational Consultant: Neuroscience and VP Western and International Divisions La Jolla Room

Principal's Panel: Courageous Conversations About Equity Facilitator

Nicole Anderson

Dr. Terry T. Walker

Andrew Ishibisha

Ontrece Elerbee

Ramiro Rubacalaba

Peggy Dunn

Diversity and Equal Access Executive ACSA

Principal K-8 Pomona Unified School District

Principal K6 Compton Unified School District

Principal Azuza Unified School District

Principal Lowell High School San Francisco School District

Principal LA County Office of Education

The Principals Panel will consist of a diverse group of Principals who are current practitioners in the area of effectively addressing equity within their districts. The Panel discussion will focus on addressing equity in order to transform the educational experience of our underrepresented students as well as our educational leaders. Specifically, the discussion will address how to have “courageous conversations� around equity that often are most difficult to have but are necessary for addressing the achievement gap. The panel discussion will provide for an interactive session where participants will have an opportunity to learn current research and best practices that have and are bringing about effective change in districts across the state. Santa Fe Room


Ryan Smith

Paul Richman

Wesley Smith

Executive Director California School Boards Association

Executive Director California Parent Teacher Association


CEO EdTrust West

Rose Luna

CTA Staff Negotiation Development Department to Town Hall LCAP/ LCFF panel

Executive Director Association of California School Administrators

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Message From the CAAASA Executive Director

Dear Conferees, On behalf of the officers and members of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2015 Professional Development Summit. The theme of this year’s summit, “Accelerating Academic Grown for African American and Other Students of Color,” highlights the work that has been done, calls our attention to the work yet to be done and emphasizes the need for us to continue our collaboration with those whose ideas and programs can assist us in preparing our students to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive society. I would like to that our President, Dr. Judy White for her vision and leadership over the past year, and our Conference State Chair, Michael Dennis and the Statewide Planning Committee for putting together a comprehensive and thoughtprovoking professional development summit. Finally, I would like to especially thank our sponsors for their commitment to the mission of CAAASA and to improving educational outcomes for children. Please visit their booths and learn about the valuable products and services available to benefit students. Enjoy the summit! Sincerely,

Dwight Bonds Executive Director

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Seeds to Seedling: Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into Everyday Preschool Activities. Jean Barbre

Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education Building on everyday activities teachers will learn how to design STEM activities to help all children expand their knowledge and interests in how the world works. Educators will learn what questions to ask children to help them build their understanding of STEM and develop new vocabulary. The early years are the perfect time to begin cultivating children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math! San Diego Ball Room

Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation Eric Cork

President International Write Now Erik Cork, President of International Write Now, combines teachable techniques, audience participation, music and lively learning strategies to inspire young scholars to transform their voice into a flood of meaningful sentences. This session celebrates academic excellence as Erik enthusiastically demonstrates methods to keep students engaged in the writing process. Students soar beyond state requirements and AYP expectations as a result of this ELA extravaganza. Sierra Room B

School Climate and Student Health: Mental Health Services Impact on Behavior and Learning Alicia Rozum

Project Director, Mental Health CaliforniaSchool-Based Health Alliance This workshop will address how youth friendly, culturally competent, and accessible mental health services available at school can reduce suspensions and expulsions; increase school connectedness; and improve learning and behavior. Best practices for school mental health implementation will be shared, along with examples from diverse districts across the state. Participants will engage in a school mental health assessment process and leave with action steps to expand or enhance mental health services on campus. Plaza Room A

Personalized Learning: The true answer to changing education Stacey Ryan

Teacher Andover PS

Steve Niederman

Executive Consultant

Piaget and Bloom stated Individualized Instruction can double learning productivity. Personalized learning can be the equalizer to close the gap, and has the potential to transform the educational experience for students at all levels. Stacey Ryan is a nationally-recognized teacher who is revolutionizing the learning experience for her students, giving them voice and choice over their own learning pathways, leading to improved learning outcomes, greater student engagement, and fewer late assignments. Stacey will share her practical advice for personalizing learning, and changing students lives. The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter


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By Systemically Applying Broad-Based Research, Superior Outcomes Will Follow Presenter



CEO AdvancePath Academics

Coordinator Lynwood Unified School District

AdvancePath Academics

John Murray

Michael Dennis

Reggie Underwood

At-risk and dropout students fall behind for numerous reasons – academic, socio-emotional, behavior, family circumstances, etc. Few are Credit Recovery candidates because they are so far behind. They are Long-Term Academically Deficient, with other issues and individual needs. In order to meet those needs you must focus on the whole child; understanding and serving them as the individuals they are, with a “Hearts and Minds” campaign approach. Plaza Room C

Prison vs. School: Receive $1,000,000 Early Learning Literacy Equity Grant Presenter


Guest Presenter

Director Equity Access Initiatives

Co-Founder & COO Footsteps2Brilliance.com

Superintendent Napa County Office of Education

Gregory A. Spencer

Eugene Narciso

Dr. Barbara Nemko

What would it mean to you, your district, educators, parents, students and your incarceration rates, IF on the first day of kindergarten, ALL of your students could read and were ready to learn? A city-wide, free and award winning literacy program can help to eliminate the vocabulary and word gap for all children. Dr. Barbara Nemko will share her 4years of data and results with Title I, Migrant Ed., students of color, and underserved communities to eliminate the 30 Million Word Gap. Balboa Room

The Way of the SAMRai: Becoming a SAMR Advanced Instructor Dr. Darryl Adams

Michelle Murphy

Superintendent Coachella Valley Unified School District

Executive Director of Technology Services Coachella Valley Unified School

Edward Simoneau

Educational Technology Coordinator Coachella Valley Unified School

Patrick Beal

Teacher on Special Assignment Coachella Valley Unified School District A SAMR Advanced Instructor can effectively navigate all levels of SAMR to enhance learning forall. Becoming a SAMRai requires courage and commitment. Are you ready to begin the journey? Upon leaving this workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of how SAMR, TPACK, and Webb’s DOK work cohesively to meet the rigor of CCSS and 21st Century Learning, and will leave with ideas for creating your own SAMR course.


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Imperial Boardroom

Engaging Parents and Community Members in Local Control Tony Hicks

Nabeehah Brumfield

Education Consultant Black Parent Union

Administrator Compton Unified School District

With parents and community members being required to provideinput under the new State Funding Formula….it is imperative that ALLSTAKEHOLDERS understand the role of these oftentimes under-utilized humanresources. This session will cover why and how this population is critical toensuring academic success for our neediest students and Include practicalexamples of how to build capacity for home-school partnerships in systemic,sustained ways. Audience: parents,guardians, school board members, community members, and others. Coronado Room

Exploring Unconscious Bias - Part 1 Reena Doyle

Human Rights Consultant California Teachers Association

Gail Watts

Human Rights Consultant California Teachers Association

Social psychologists and other social scientists have found that all of us, regardless of race, have cognitive biases that influence how we perceive and make decisions about other people. The behavior of human beings is often guided by racial and other stereotypes of which we are completely unaware. This training will explore the shortcuts and subsequent perceptions we make about people and our surroundings. It will also provide tools to increase awareness about our cognitive biases and offer intervention strategies.

Workshop Series II 2:30pm - 3:45pm Del Mar Room

Health and Equity Leadership Institute # 3 for

California Superintendents

Part A

Sponsored by The California Endowment

Dr. Pamela Short- Powell

Founder/CEO EDEquity

Superintendent Lancaster School District

Superintendent Lynwood Unified School District

Edwin Javius

Dr. Michele Bowers

CAAASA Past President Institute #3 - Chair

Paul Gothold

Featured Speaker

Darin Brawley

Superintendent Compton Unified School District

Dr. Devin Vodicka

Superintendent Vista Unified School District

“System Approach to Implementing Equity in Common Core”: • Creating the district conditions to improve leadership capacity to lead equity. • Critical analysis of system practices that lead to equity. The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter


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Odesseyware Earl Smith

Don English

Come hear two distinguished educators from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools present how they increased graduation rate, increased CAHSEE pass rate and prepare students to become better equipped for College and Career. The students of SBCSS attained excellence by using a competency-based digital curriculum, Odysseyware. You will hear the perspective from an administrator and teacher who share their story of how technology gives all students of color the educational equality needed to be successful. Sierra Room A

Restorative Practices in Schools: A Middle School Implementation Sylvia Greenwood

Principal Lovonya Dejean Middle School West Contra Costa Unified School District

Peter Aloo

Principal Stewart K-8 School West Contra Costa Unified School District

There was a need to lower suspension and expulsion rates when African American and Hispanic students are being disproportionately suspended at higher rates. When an urban middle school is presented data that states that their suspension rates are the highest amongst all the middle schools in the district, this is a real problem. The question that rings is “How do you lower suspension rates for a school that is already disproportionate based upon their demographics?” Sierra Room B

STEM Learning in the Elementary Grades: Success for ALL Students Caryn Lewis

Principal Victoriano Elementary School Val Verde Unified School District

Douglass Woods

Teacher Victoriano Elementary School Val Verde Unified School District

In the elementary grades students need access to a hands-on learning approach that combines literacy instruction with a laser-like focus on relevant STEM topics. This presentation will highlight the integration of 21st Century learning skills to increase content mastery and authentic student engagement. Presenters will showcase student projects and strategies for building self-motivated learners. This model supports the development of a personal success narrative in all students in order to help them persevere in challenging academic situations. Imperial Boardroom

Tots and Technology = Academic Success for the 21st Century Marilyn J. Hokanson Teacher Specialist Pomona USD-CDP

Rhonda Miles-Brown

Resource Teacher Pomona USD Child Development

Technology in the Early Learner Classroom is revolutionizing learning. Learn to maximize SMART boards, iPads, Tablets and Tables to create “executive functioning skills” of collaboration and cooperative peer discourse, while providing professional development for teachers and parent engagement. Join us on a virtual tour of this award-winning program to create early, interactive learning for 3 and 4year-olds and see how this could impact your K-12 program. Every teacher, principal, parent, and curriculum developer should attend. (75)


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Santa Fe Room

TownGate’s Tools for Success Audrey Butler

Yolanda Perry

Veronica Yonker-Jones

Traci Goodrich

Esther Layne

David Layne

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Teacher TownGate Elementary School

Are you having difficulty closing the achievement gap, reaching at risk students and involving parents of color? Come and explore TownGate Elementary School’s strategic practices that accelerate educational growth, enhance parental engagement and include elements of restorative justice. Some of TownGate’s tools include our African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC), Navigators Exploring Achievement Team (Neat Team), and Math Club. TownGate has excelled in navigating students to success. You won’t want to miss this interactive, engaging and FUN-filled workshop! Plaza Room B

Parent Engagement Strategies that Work Tina Ochoa

Curriculum and Professional Development Manager Families In Schools School How do you effectively engage parents? What does “effective” look like? This interactive session provides strategies and best practices that enable authentic parent engagement to thrive in schools. Through the use of Families In Schools’ researched-based rubric, participants will assess whether their practices and strategies meet authentic parent engagement indicators: 1) Welcoming Environment, 2) Effective School/Family Communication, 3) Meaningful Resources, 4) Shared Leadership, 5) Conflict Resolution, and 6) Adequate Financial Resources. Plaza Room C

Planning, Funding, and Implementing a 1:1 Mobile Learning Initiative Dr. Darryl Adams

Superintendent Coachella Valley Unified School District

Michelle Murphy

Executive Director of Technology Services Coachella Valley Unified School District

Israel Oliveros

Mobile Technology Coordinator Coachella Valley Unified School District

Mobile Technology has greatly impacted education today. Come learn the nuts and bolts process Coachella Valley Unified School District used to implement a district-wide 1:1Mobile Learning Initiative. The workshop will provide participants with lessons learned, timelines, staff engagement and training practices, important infrastructure, and budgetary considerations when contemplating a mobile learning initiative. Also highlighted are critical steps to take when developing and executing a successful voter-approved funding mechanism that involves technology.

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D.R.E.A.M Now: Developing Responsible, Educated, Adaptive Minds for Future Leadership Jimmy McMikle, MBA President The McMikle Group

The D.R.E.A.M. NOW workshop is the spark that ignites a combustible mixture of understanding and empowered action toward developing the youth leadership capacity of our nation’s youth. This workshop provides an interactive approach to challenging its participants thought process relating to youth leadership development and programming. It forces those in attendance to combat assumptions and stereotypes, and examine their own effectiveness and concept of what’s relevant in producing student leaders of character and competence. Plaza A Room

Igniting African-American Parent Engagement across Districts: A Historical Experience Micki Poole Clowney Director Upward Bound Math and Science Program

Hardy Brown, II

Executive Director Black Voice Foundation

Roxanne Williams

District Program Specialist San Bernardino City Unified School District

The Black Voice Foundation (BVF) utilized the Underground Railroad (UGRR) tour to increase African-American (AA) parent engagement across multiple school districts. Challenged with AA parent involvement, the tour was a catalyst for increasing districtlevel and school-based AA parent councils by 5 fold, creation AA parent conferences with 500+ attendees, resulting in increased input into the LCAP. The UGRR may be a vehicle to foster AA leadership and parent engagement for the benefit of AA students. Coronado Room

Exploring Unconscious Bias - Part 2 of 3 Coronado Room

Exploring Unconscious Bias - Part 3 of 3


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

4:00pm - 5:15pm

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Santa Fe Room

Town Hall Meeting - "My Brother’s Keeper" Marc Philpart

Dr. Vincent Matthews

Darin Brawley

Dr. Darryl Adams

Superintendent San Jose Unified School District


Superintendent Compton Unified School District

Gary Hardie

Vice President Lynwood Unified School District

Superintendent Coachcella Valley Unified School District

Workshop Series III 4:00pm - 5:15pm Plaza A Room

Changing the Mindsets, Before Changing the Policy Seyana Mawusi

Director Leading in the Moment Work Research shows that our beliefs and perceptions dictate our actions and behaviors. Often we create well-intentioned policies that have little or no effect on the targeted outcomes for students and staff. In this workshop we will examine strategies that interrupt negative thoughts that impede positive life changing outcomes for our staff and students “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius Plaza B Room

Implementing a Comprehensive Technology Plan to a Court and Community School District Dennis Danielson

Online Blended Coordinator San Diego County Office of Education

Alicia Gallegos Butters

Professional Learning and Research Coordinator San Diego County Office of Education

When implementing a comprehensive Tech plan into the Juvenile Court and Community School District located in San Diego County, unique challenges were experienced by the Integrated Technology Services team at the San Diego County Office of Education. The challenges included: · Moving the district to a 1:1 environment using Chromebooks · Providing students with Google Apps for Education logins · Providing internet access to students who reside in correctional facilities · Continuity of educational materials for students who transition from one school to another

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DAY 2 - Thursday, March 12th - Youth Leadership Summit - San Diego Ballroom

8:00AM - 1:00PM




STUDENT SHOWCASE Robert Jackson is an educator, motivational speaker and author. A former professional football player, he has delivered keynote addresses at numerous universities and education-related workshops and seminars. His motto is, “If you’re not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.” He is the author of “No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!” “No More Excuses: The Workbook” and “No More Excuses:; Educating Black and Latino Males.” With a strong commitment to mentoring, he presents workshops around the country for young men. He also serves as the Kappa League Chair of six mentoring programs with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Michael Dennis is an educator, consultant, education advocate and author. His more than 29 years of education-related experience includes service as a teacher and principal within the Inglewood Unified School District as well as the Los Angeles County Office of Education. An accomplished curriculum designer of culturally relevant and responsive educational practices, he has conducted professional development workshops on a number of topics. He developed the STARS (Students Achieving & Reaching Success) Rites of Passage Program and currently serves as Legislative Liaison for the Education is a Civil Right Committee (ECRC) in Los Angeles. Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, young Latino Entertainers, Inspirational Speakers & Empowerment Comedians in the country today. His comedy has been seen by millions on TV shows such as Comedy Central's "Make Me Laugh," B.E.T.'s "Comic View," Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star," & Sl TV's "Funny is Funny!" Ernie has spoken to well over 100,000 Middle School, High School & University Students in over 30 states throughout the country. He has served as the Key Note Speaker at numerous University & H.S. Graduations, including UCLA's 32nd Annual RAZA Graduation, and continues to spread his message of Transformation through Laughter as a National Spokesperson for the Hispanic College Fund! Ernie G's heart has always been in working with Inner-City & Foster Youth, having delivered Training & Development Programs for numerous City & County Organizations, including California Children's Services, Foster Care Agencies and L.A. County Probation Department. He has also received rave reviews for his Transformational work with U.S. Government Agencies, such as The United States Treasury Department & the U.S Census Bureau, "...we have received nothing but rave reviews from our staff ...thank you for your enormous contribution to our Diversity Fair ." - Sara A . Rosario Nieves, Diversity Programs Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau. Erik Cork is a nationally recognized writing consultant who has conducted workshops for more than 300,000 students, parents and educators in more than 250 school districts and universities throughout the United States and beyond. He is the creator of the lively workshop, entitled, “Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation,” as well as the founder of the International Write Now, Inc. He has presented seminars showcasing a wealth of English Language Arts essential skills at major educational conferences, including the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEX-TESOL) and the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).


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DAY 2 - Thursday, March 12th

Day 2 Continued

Workshop Series IV 10:30am - 11:45am

Del Mar Room

Using Your LCAP to Prevent Inappropriate Special Education Placements and Close the Pipeline to Prison Arun Ramanathan

CEO Pivot Learning Partners La Jolla Room

THE KINSEY COLLECTION "Where Art Meets History" by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Bernard Kinsey The Kinsey Collection is considered one of the premier collections of African American History and Art and has been traveled to eighteen cities and was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In March 2013, Walt Disney World Resort at Epcot opened “Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection" where over twenty million people from all over the world will experience the exhibit a celebration of African American Achievement & Accomplishments. The Kinsey Collection has been chronicled in over 400 articles and TV programs world wide and has been seen by over four million people. Sierra Room A

Leaders Creating Conditions for Learning That Improve Student Achievement Gloria Ervin

Principal San Juan High School

Judy Billingsley

Retired Administrator

Kerry Callahan

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Western Placer USD School

Roxanne Mitchell Principal Starr King K-8

Bill Dendle

What professional development activities, and school practices, have consistently yielded the most positive outcomes for students of color? The Workshop presenters have all successfully addressed these issues, and will provide valuable strategies and resources to school leaders to develop learning conditions that improve academic achievement for students of color.

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Improving Student Mental Health Practices: A Collaborative Effort Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant California Department of Education

David Kopperud

Education Programs Consultant California Department of Education

Recent violent events in schools, coupled with increasing youth suicide rates, have highlighted a critical need for changing the approach in how student mental health is addressed. The California Department of Education (CDE) has established partnerships to increase awareness of student mental health issues and improve access to services. Participants will learn about programs, activities, and services that have resulted from these partnerships. This workshop is for all classified and credentialed school/ district staff, parents, and community partners. Harbor Room B

Preparing for SBAC Testing Ann McLean

Marilyn Reese

Principal (retired) Neal Dow Elementary School

Assistant Principal Neal Dow Elementary School

Incorporating computer adaptive testing into classrooms is imperative as we prepare our students for success on the SBAC. Participants will receive step-by-stepguidance in blended math and ELA lessons that will assist in tracking individual student growth and meet the academic challenges with sub-groups. Find what ignited teachers and students to reach beyond their limits in every classroom. Specific data from students will be shared along with their success stories. Plaza Room A

Winning at All Costs – How to Stay in the CFI Game Diane Marshall-Freeman Partner Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

When competitive sports trump better judgment and observation of policies, coaches, staff and students stand to lose more than the game. From tryouts and athlete selection to reinforcing academic expectations for student athletes, the range of decisions made by coaches and staff in order to produce star teams and impressive stats can create a myriad of costly legal situations. Not to mention, the bad press can tarnish a reputation for years. Learn about applicable laws and school district regulations affecting athletic participation, along with practical tips to protect your program so you can say in the game from the legal counsel for the California Interscholastic Federation, Diane Marshall-Freeman, partner at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Plaza Room B

One Tweet or Blog Away From A Disaster: Are You Prepared?' Dr. Gerald Dawkins

Senior Vice President Of Superintendent and District Relations k12 Insights

Jesse Leib

k12 Insights

With Social Media constantly changing the landscape, districts must manage their brand and exceed customer expectations more than ever in this hyper competetive environment of school choice. Even the best run schools are only one tweet or blog away from a disaster.Come experience how hundreds of schools across the nation are meeting this challenge.


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

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Plaza Room C

It’s Not the Device! It’s the Digital Learning Shift! Verletta White

CAO Baltimore County Public Schools

Betsy Drennan

Discovery Education

Baltimore County Public Schools, MD, in partnership with Discovery Education will share their BCPS 5- year digital conversion plan, from concept to implementation in a large urban/suburban school district. Best practices for embarking on or continuing a journey through, a district-wide digital transition will be discussed. Balboa Room

Praxis of Parent Engagement: Theory and Action Combined Peter Wright

Policy & Programs Officer California School Boards Association

Dr. Ramona Bishop Superintendent Vallejo City School District

Jeana Preston

Director California Parent Center at California State University, San Diego

Parent engagement has long gone hand in hand with student achievement and LCFF and LCAPS have made all districts more conscious about their efforts. This session will share innovative engagement practices, reflect on what works, and dive into the theory of why we do what we do. Presenters will give particular attention to creating deliberative forums for parents as a part of the LCAP process. This thought provoking session will help attendees appreciate the importance of creating spaces and strategies for parents and administrators to talk together. Imperial Boardroom

The New Ed-Data Website: Understanding and Using Education Data Smita Patel

Senior Manager, Web and Communications EdSource

Nancy Sullivan

Chief Operations Officer Kern County Superintendent of Schools

For nearly two decades, the Ed-Data Partnership (CDE, FCMAT and EdSource) has made data on California’s K-12 schools accessible to the public. The recently redesigned Ed-Data website (www.ed-data.org) makes it easier to see trends, look at subgroups, and share data with the goal of raising questions and starting conversations. This presentation will walk you through the new website and provide tips and techniques to get the most out of this free, unique resource.

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TOWN HALL MEETING: Early Childhood Development Camille Maben

Executive Director First 5 California

Rick Mockler

Executive Director California Head Start Association

Esmirna Valencia

Patricia Yeldell, PhD

Executive Director Riverside County Office of Education, Division of Childhood & Family Services

Instructional Director, Early Childhood Education LAUSD

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Turn Around: CA - Arts Education as a School-wide Reform Strategy Malissa Shriver

Stan Dobbs

Policy Consultant Gehry Partners LLC

Superintendent Hayward Unified School District

Karen L. Monroe

Superintendent Alameda County Office of Education

During this session, members of the Turn Around: Arts California planning team will share information about how The Arts can be a valuable tool in school turn-around. Building on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ Turn Around: Arts effort, the panel will share student success data from the evaluation of the national program, plans for a California cohort, and the effective strategies used to achieve student success.

Del Mar Room Workshop Series V 2:30pm - 3:45pm Health and Equity Leadership Institute # 3 for

California Superintendents

Part B

Sponsored by The California Endowment

Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Executive Director California Mathematics Project

CEO Coalition for Educational Partnership

Kyndall Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Marian Stewart

Principal Pasadena Unified School District


Vickie Rice

Kimberly Hendricks

Director of Accountability Assessment Moreno Valley Unified School District March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

Eric Hines

Vice President California Teachers Association, CTA

Ramiro Rubalacaba

Principal Azuza Unified School District

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Desires Outcomes: • The Nature of the Achievement/Opportunity Gap for African-American Students in Mathematics. • Examples of Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching in Mathematics. • Implications for the Implementation of the Common Core Standards in Mathematics. La Jolla Room

Charting the Attendance Gap: Chronic Absence and Your LCAP Hedy Chang

Office of State Attorney General Find out about free tools available to review your district’s data and identify gaps in attendance and chronic absence among atrisk subgroups. Learn how you can use attendance data to develop goals, strategies, and action plans for your district and county LCAPs. Coronado Room

Lesson One Jon Oliver

Executive Director Lesson One Jon Oliver will demonstrate an evidence-based School Cultural Development Ecosystem highlighted in California’s Fix School Discipline Toolkit. The process brings together administrators, teachers, and parents and seamlessly integrates individual initiatives including PBIS, Restorative Justice, mental health, common core, STEAM, and RtI. Oliver’s workshop, based on current brain research, will show how students can internalize self-control, empathy and cooperation to improve school climate, decrease suspensions/expulsions and increase attendance so all children achieve personal and academic success. Sierra Room A

Creating Pathways for Students of Color to Attain Higher Education Chris DeLoach

Co-Founder/CEO Targeted Interventions Squared, LLC

Qiana O’Leary

Co-Founder/ Consultant Targeted Interventions Squared, LLC

Seven years ago the AVID program asked, “What would happen if high schools partnered with the business community to boost retention for African American males? Presenters will display 5 years of data and strategies that moved African American students from being academically the lowest performing population to having 100% attendance to a four-year university. Attendees will learn how to use existing resources to reduce their suspension and expulsion rate among students of color to zero.

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NAMI On Campus High School: Mental Health Awareness for Students Kelly Boyles

NCHS Program Coordinator NAMI California NAMI on Campus High School is an innovate program designed to train high school students on forming and leading a mental health awareness club. The peer led clubs raise awareness, create a more supportive school environment and reduce stigma on campus relating to mental illness. Designed by the California Department of Education, Placer County Office of Education, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California, NCHS empowers student advocates to be leaders of change. Harbor Room A

Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation for Equity Jeannette LaFors

Director of Equity Initiatives The Education Trust-West

Harris Luu

Vice-President of Educator Effectiveness Alliance College Ready Public Schools

Improving teaching is one of the most significant investments we can make to improve student achievement and close achievement gaps. The Education Trust-West has studied several school systems implementing innovative ways to evaluate and support teachers. Participants will learn how these systems have replaced ineffective evaluation processes with new ones having a positive impact on students, teachers, and administrators. Session participants will discuss how they can apply what they learn to their own work. Harbor Room B

Strategies for African American Males A. Majadi

Kennon Mitchell Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services San Bernardino City Unified School District

The workshop provides strategies for anyone who works with African-American boys whether as a parent, educator, mentor, or administrator. This workshops lays out a simplified step by step guide that parents can use, beginning from before their children are born, to plan the steps they will take to prepare African American boys throughout their developmental years all the way to manhood. Many of the strategies presented can be translated to local policies and practices and adopted in the classroom, school, and out of school program settings to address more positive strategies for changing the deficit framework that is usually presented when working with African-American boys and provides tools for reshaping how to proactively work with African-American boys. Plaza Room A

Limiting Suspensions for Willful Defiance: Another First in California Brian Bock

Partner Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

Milton Foster

Partner Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

Last September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 420 with the goal of administering student discipline in a nondiscriminatory way by limiting suspensions for “willful defiance.� This well-intentioned law will require modifying district policies and practices and putting into place student-focused support programs that help keep students on campus and in classrooms so their learning is not disrupted. The legal team of Brian Bock and Milton Foster will outline the application and impact of AB 420, as well as necessary steps and some practical pointers to help ensure your district and sites are prepared to address the spirit of this new law.


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

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Plaza Room B

Next Generation Early Warning Systems: The Power of Predictive Analytics Sarah Skinner

Senior Research Leader Brightbytes

Kathy Hurley

Silver McDonald



Research shows that dropping out of high school is a process not an event. Students at risk of dropping out typically exhibit signs for several years before the actual event occurs. Recognizing the importance of early identification and intervention, many states and districts have implemented “early warning systems” that utilize research-based predictors of dropout. This session will explore the next generation of early warning that utilizes multiple research-based indicators and predictive analytics for earlier identification of students with up to 40% more accuracy than traditional systems. Discover the latest developments in these new interventions through an interactive conversation with CAAASA colleagues and peers as well as research leaders from BrightBytes, designers of the nation’s leading predictive analytics engine and the foremost policy experts on dropout prevention. Join us for this interactive and dynamic workshop, in which participants will explore the research and walk away with tangible next steps to increase graduation rates in your schools. Plaza Room C

Effective Strategies for Ensuring the Success of English Language Learners and Standard English Learners Ontrece Ellerbe

Principal Tibby Elementary

Mario Marcos

Principal Jefferson Elementary

This workshop will provide successful strategies and resources for working with your English Language and Standard English learner populations. The presenters will share the instructional practices, rituals and routines that have proven to be successful in working with English Learners and African American students at their National Blue Ribbon schools. Attendees will learn simple, effective strategies for ensuring that ELLs and Standard ELs are able to access the core curriculum and achieve at extremely high levels. Balboa Room

Creating Parent Champions: Partnering for School Success Tovi Scruggs

Principal/Author San Lorenzo High School This workshop introduces “educational parenting” - the new term that explicitly and intentionally creates the mindset shift, inspiration, and education for parents to be their very best as school-partners as they analyze, reflect, and take action in regards to how they champion their children’s success and partner with their child’s school. Further, school leaders will learn the facilitation of “educational parenting” as a strategy that follows an empowerment coaching model, supporting a parent engagement plan.

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Preventive Discipline Sherman R. Garnett

CEO Sherman Garnett & Associates Are you current and well-versed in the world of student discipline and due process? Have you found yourself creating your own policies or relying on past written/ unwritten practices that may/may not be aligned with California Education Code and FERPA? This highly interactive workshop will focus on basic issues confronting school administrators statewide, in the area of safe schools and student discipline, by presenting solutions. Participants will be quizzed regarding current practices being utilized in their school district. Sample policies/procedures/forms aligned with Ed code and FERPA will be provided to all workshop attendees. Santa Fe Room

Town Hall Meeting: Boys and Men of Color Moderator

Mark Philpart

Luis Antonio SĂĄnchez

Sarah Omojola

Luke Wood

Senior Fellow Movement Strategy Center


Statewide Education Rights Advocate for Public Counsel

Taryn Ishida

Californians for Justice

San Diego State University

All across the country, leaders are thinking through ways to improve outcomes for boys and men of color and other vulnerable populations. In California, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a statewide network of change agents and allied coalitions working towards improving the overall life outcomes of boys and men of color, their families, and communities. During this town hall, you will hear from local and statewide leaders in the Alliance. These advocates will discuss what it takes to improve educational outcomes for boys and men of color, the policy agenda they are pursuing, and what you can do to support and get engaged. Coronado Room

Student Engagement, Behavioral Interventions, Attendance and Accountability: Is this a school you would want to attend ‌ and that wants you to attend? Dam Sackheim

Educational Options Consultant California Department of Education

David Kopperud

Educational Programs Consultant California Department of Education, Educational Options Student Support, and American Indian Education Office

Chronic absence is a crisis in California, especially in certain communities and subgroup populations. The LCAP requires districts to measure chronic absenteeism, dropout, suspension and expulsion rates to measure progress in improving student engagement and school climate. We can keep students in school and hold them accountable. Research has shown the need to replace punitive discipline practices. We will focus on how behavioral intervention approaches, including the use of SARBs, increase student engagement and attendance.


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

. . . Access to Excellence for Students of Color . . .

California Ballroom A/B 4:30pm

- 6:15pm


Assemblymember Shirley Weber, PhD This legislative hearing will be divided into three sessions. Presenters in each session will be asked to examine how we can achieve equity and excellence in education. Sesson 1: Status of Boys and Men of Color a State, Local and Federal Perspective; Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color Session 2: College Access and Readiness Session 3: Increasing the Diversity of Educational Leaders in California

DAY 3 - Friday March 13th Workshop Series Vl 9:15am - 10:30am Del Mar Room

Pursuing Equity Education: This is not Business, It’s Personal Lisa Murphy Oates

Equity Administrator MDUSD We are intentional as educators. We’re on a self-imposed mission to ensure we educate without bias, excluding external factors of socioeconomic status, language and race, we teach with a lens of possibility with focused desired outcomes. Inasmuch, we become GUARDIANS of EQUITY. Participants in this workshop will examine WHY equity is important and explore methods to personalize equity education in a way that’s meaningful and supportive. La Jolla Room

What's in your Family Engagement Toolbox? Colleen A. R

Otha Thornton

Lisa Borrego

Beatrice Fernandez

President California State PTA

President National PTA (invited)

Director School Smarts Family Engagement Program, California State PTA

Program Manager Parent Outreach and Engagement Dept., San Diego Unified School District

Well-informed, engaged parents make a vital difference in helping all students and schools succeed. With new academic standards, assessments and the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP)all underway, it’s more crucial than ever for school districts to engage parents and help them participate in decision-making that leads to successful implementation. The PTA has tools to help! Learn more at this session about great resources and programs in multiple languages that can support your efforts — from LCAP and Common Core Guides to STEAM to National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and award-winning Parent Engagement Academies…PTA's resources help engage families from all communities, leading to greater student success.

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Maximizing LCFF and LCAPs to Expand Health Supports for Students of Color Lisa Eisenberg

Alicia Rozum

Senior Policy Analyst California School-Based Health Alliance

Project Director, Mental Health California School-Based Health Alliance

Students of color are disproportionally impacted by health problems. And research demonstrates a strong connection between student health and chronic absence, drop-out, and suspensions. Using examples from LCAPs, this workshop will highlight innovative school health services (SHS) that address student health. Attendees will learn how districts’ community outreach led to investment in SHS; generate ideas to maximize funding for SHS; and explore how districts use data to identify student health needs and develop evidence-based programs. Sierra Room B

Digital Chalkboard: Collaborate and Share Resources to Implement Educational Equity Steve Smith

Education Programs Consultant California Department of Education Come learn about the Digital Chalkboard (www.mydigitalchalkboard.org), California’s online community where educators share resources, and discuss what works to bring educational growth and equity to diverse student populations. California Department of Education (CDE) leaders will demonstrate how to create and participate in educator groups, post and find digital resources, and navigate the site. The group will explore the site, and discuss ideas for sharing educational equity strategies and resources to educators throughout the state. Harbor Room A \

Learning from Student Voices Aida Hinojosa

Program Specialist Montebello Unified School District

Elizabeth Lowe

AVID Coordinator/Science Chair Bell Gardens High School

Increasing student achievement is a Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) goal. Research proves that, at minimum, 90% of a school’s students must practice high effect size strategies with fidelity to impact school-wide student achievement. Bell Gardens High School, a National AVID Demonstration site, has created a systemic team “learning walk” to visit students in 115 classrooms, in one day, once a quarter, and provide teacher feedback by the end of the day. Harbor Room B

Learning for Some vs Learning for ALL Kenneth Williams

Chief Visionary Officer Unfold The Soul A common challenge for schools is figuring out how to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of commitment, from ‘learning for some’ to ‘learning for ALL.’ These gaps are bridged in a Culture of Collective Responsibility. Ken Williams engages teachers, principals, and superintendents in experiential best practices that help schools and districts make shared purpose their primary lens and their North Star.


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

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Plaza Room A

Delivering Opportunity Lynn Haines Dodd

Kenyatta Price

Senior Director College Board

Associate Director College Board

Our Access to Opportunity (A2O) efforts are designed to identify and break down barriers that prevent students —particularly low-income, first generation, and underrepresented minority students — from applying to and enrolling in colleges that are the best academic, social, and financial fit. The College Board and our members are committed to actions that propel students into opportunity. Our (A2O) initiatives build on assessment results and are based on current research that shows measurable outcomes for students. Plaza Room B

Demanding Equity in Our Classrooms: Strategies and Resources to Engage and Accelerate Learning for All Students Patrick Daley

Senior Vice President of Education Scholastic

Dr. Andrea Anthony

Instructional Director/Principal

Based on the research of Dr. Alfred Tatum, the passion of Phyllis C. Hunter, and the instructional strategies of leading educators, this engaging workshop looks at what districts can do to help our students find their voice, accelerate their learning, and fulfill their college and career dreams. Plaza Room C

Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males Robert Jackson Educating Black and Latino Males is one of the biggest problems in our school system today. Currently, over 60% of our Black and Latino Males nationally drop out of high school. There are a number of factors that have contributed to these ongoing issues and they will be discussed in this workshop along with solutions to reverse these staggering statistics. Educators will be equipped with the Strategies and Tools needed to retain our Black and Latino Males in School and reverse the Drop Out Rates. Educators will also be challenged to focus on their own self-development? Examples are mapped out in this workshop. Finally examples of how to bridge the gap between parents, teachers and students will be discussed. Educators will leave with Solutions to take back to their prospective school districts. Santa Fe Room

TOWN HALL MEETING: Parent Engagement Dr. George J. McKenna lll District 1 Board Member LAUSD

Dr. Sharon V. Robinson

Chief of Staff, Board District 1 LAUSD

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Dr. Ramona Bishop

Trevin Sims

Dr. David Gomez

Superintendent Moreno Valley School District

Superintendent Vallejo City Unified School District

Lozano and Smith

Michael Watkins

Superintendent Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Imperial Boardroom

Differentiating Professional Development for Male Teachers of Color Presented by

Travis Jackson Bristol

Senior Policy Analyst California School-Based Health Alliance Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers continue to advocate for increasing the number of male teachers of color. However, little attention is given to how districts or schools might support and develop male teachers of color. Data from the Boston Teacher Residency Male Educators of Color Network may serve as a model for differentiating professional development for male teachers of color. This session will be an interactive lecture exploring this challenge facing our nation's schools.

Workshop Series Vl 10:45am - 12:00pm

Del Mar Room

Scholar In Residence: Session 1 Dr. Ivory Toldson

Deputy Director White House Initiative on HBCUs Nationally known scholars discuss/share research on African American and Latino males La Jolla Room

Scholar In Residence: Session 2 Dr. Sylvia Rousseau

Clinical Professor Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, "Countering Pedagogies of Oppression."


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

. . . Access to Excellence for Students of Color . . .

Sierra Room A

No More Re-creating the Wheel: EdSource’s Educators’ Network Peter Wright

Policy & Programs Officer California School Boards Association

Louis Freedberg

Executive Director EdSource

Carmen Garcia

Effective discipline practices are on the rise and re-creating the wheel is out. Superintendents and principals were brought together by EdSource to form a steering committee with the charge of creating the Educators’ Network for Effective Discipline. Administrators will soon have access to tools, frameworks, models, and supports for implementing effective alternative approaches to suspensions and expulsions. This workshop will share initial findings of the steering committee’s work and provide a forum to discuss productive next steps that will empower administrators. Sierra Room B

“Beyond the common core…a systemic approach to accelerating African-American and Latino college and career readiness.” Manny Barbara

Vice President Silicon Valley Education Foundation The Common Core Standards are not enough to accelerate African-American and Latino college success. A systemic approach that includes policy, access, intervention, and instruction will be necessary, as well as focusing on the correct researched based metrics that will increase college and career options for African-American and Latino students. Harbor Room A

CLOSE the GAP with RULE of 3 RAP - Academic Learning Language for All Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette US Office National Professional Development Grant (NPD) Project Moving Forward National University

Debra Johnson

Teacher and Staff Developer Moreno Valley Unified School District

Marie White

Teacher and Staff Developer Moreno Valley Unified School District

Project Moving Forward (PMF) a $1.9 million DOE, NPD grant closed the gap for ALL (Academic Language learners) using The RULE of 3 or RAP. ALL students benefited from focused, daily vocabulary instruction targeting the ELD and CCSS. The API catapulted for ALL students in Moreno Valley District PMF schools. African American students’ STAR scores jumped 51 points. ELA proficiency increased for poverty students. The achievement gap decreased from 12. 2 percentage points to 1.9 points.

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Learning Different Does Not Mean Learning Less Mary Johnson

Community Advisor LUSD-DAAAPC The socially constructed categorization of groups of people has formed perceptions that cause one to believe that being different also means being less than those representing the so-called norm. It is suggested in this workshop that we must broaden our perspectives regarding the differences among us and begin to see each student as an individual with gifts worthy of our society. Parent Voices and Teachers Voices Matter and are essential in ensure that no students are invisible in the classrooms. Plaza Room A

Boardsmanship without a Majority Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

Gloria Allen

Paul Chatman

Greg Rolen

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Adrienne Knonigar-Macklin Board Member

Board Member

As a School Board Member have you ever been frustrated because there are important issues about which you feel passionately that you cannot even get on the Board Agenda? Do you ever feel marginalized because a Board majority impedes public consideration of important issues because they may be uncomfortable or unpopular? If so, this workshop is for you. "Boardsmanship without a Majority" is a workshop for Board members who may find themselves in the minority, but still but still want public debate about important yet possibly controversial issues. Whether it is LCAP implementation, disproportionality, the achievement gap or disciplinary protocols some issues rarely find their way to the Agenda. This workshop will train Board members to use tools at their disposal such as: Board Policy/Administrative Regulations; the Brown Act; Agenda Review; Roberts Roles of Order; Public Comment and Board Reports to navigate a Board Meeting when you may not have the votes. This workshop is important for those public servants who want to allow the democratic process to operate for the betterment of the populations they seek to serve. Balboa Room

21st Century Learning: Changing Perceptions Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Project Specialist San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Why are students suddenly using so much technology in schools? Is technology getting in the way of learning? How can we use technology for learning? This workshop explores the Common Core State Standards expectations of students’ use of technology in their learning and what tools will support these expectations. Explore how to support teachers and families in changing their perception of the use of technology and how it can be better utilized to create a learning environment.


March 11 - 13, 2015 | San Diego, CA

. . . Access to Excellence for Students of Color . . .

Plaza Room B

Special Initiatives and Resources of the California Department of Education Jason Spenser

Principal Policy Advisor to the Superintendent of Public Instruction Jason Spenser is the Principal Adviser to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson with the California Department of Education. Conferees attending this workshop will learn about programs and resources to address LCFF, LCAP, Common Core, and CreateCalifornia Arts Initiative. Information about other valuable services and programs will be shared in this session. Imperial Boardroom

Listen as Wise Youth Discuss What Supports or Undermines Resiliency Dan Sackheim

Educational Options Consultant California Department of Education A youth panel will discuss factors that are at the core of student resiliency and learning. Participants will (1) learn about factors that support or undermine youth engagement in school and the community and (2) learn about factors in school and the community that support or undermine youth resiliency in the face of challenges (3) experience how wise youth are, especially about these issues. We need to reshape our actions based on what they say. Coronado Room


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