2017 Breakout Sessions & Featured Speakers
Diverse Pathways in Educational Leadership
Are you curious about what other direction your experience, competencies and passion for education can take you? Hear from a diverse array of leaders who set out in one direction but embraced a different opportunity to make a positive impact in education.
Kathy Bihr EdD ’05, Vice President & Executive Director, Tiger Woods Foundation
Sonaleena Patnaik Hargrove ’99 MS ’07 EdD ’11, Educational Consultant, Educators Cooperative
James Rivet EdD ’03, Director of Growth & Development, Education Elements
Jessica Santos EdD ’16, Leadership Development Program Manager, Enterprise Learning & Development, The Walt Disney Company
Hate Crimes, Discrimination, and Freedom of Speech on College Campuses
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects freedom of speech. Speech is protected event when it is hateful. While the U.S. Supreme Court often has struggled to determine what exactly constitutes protected speech, it has however, placed some limitations on speech. For instance, speech is not protected when it incites violence or incites actions that would harm others (Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47, 1919). It is against the backdrop of these protections and limitations of speech that this session will address hate crimes and discrimination on college campuses.
Shafiqa Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Clinical Education,USC Rossier School of Education
Darnell Cole, Associate Professor of Education,USC Rossier School of Education
Moving the Needle: Examining Mechanisms to Support State Accountability on College Readiness and Educational Outcomes
Join this in-depth discussion with a panel of experts to address promising practices and lessons learned with the implementation of accountability plans. The panel will discuss issues on the current policy climate affecting college readiness, student outcomes, and educational opportunities for all students, particularly underrepresented students’ access to post-secondary options. This session also explores policy implications and issues on community partnerships during the new administration.
Julie Slayton, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Michael Davis EdD ’17, President Pro Tem, Los Angeles Board of Public Works
John Garcia, Superintendent, Downey Unified School District
Scott Hill, Vice President – Western Region, The College Board
Pathways to Higher Education Leadership
Careers in higher education encompass wide range of functional areas. How do find your niche? What are the critical skills needed to succeed and advance? Hear from higher education leaders as they share their career journeys and valuable insights they learned along the way.
Kevin Colaner EdD ’06, Associate Vice President for Student Services, Cal Poly Pomona
Mary Ho EdD ’16, Assistant Vice Dean for Strategic & Diversity Initiatives, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Raquel Torres-Retana EdD ’07, Director, Rosemead Site, Pasadena City College
Marcelo Vazquez EdD ’09, Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Pathways to School Site or District Leadership
Whether you’re teaching in the classroom or in a support role, how do you know if school site or district leadership is the right career path for you? Our panel of school and district administrators will share how they successfully pursued their roles in school administration.
Ruben Zepeda EdD ’05, Superintendent, Keppel Union School District
Jacqueline Perez EdD ’05, Assistant Superintendent, Glendale Unified School District
Doug Staine EdD ’04, Assistant Superintendent, East Whittier City School District
Regina Zurbano EdD ’11, House Principal, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Pathways to Superintendent & CMO Leadership
Becoming a Superintendent or leading a Charter Management Organization requires extensive experience and demonstrated areas of success. This panel includes veteran and new organizational leaders who will discuss their respective roles, and the career paths that prepared them for these demanding positions.
Rudy Castruita EdD ’82, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Mark Johnson Ed ’11, Superintendent, Fountain Valley Unified School District
Cathy Kawaguchi EdD ’14, Superintendent, Sulphur Springs Union School District
Helen Morgan EdD ’10, Superintendent, Hawthorne School District
Pathways to Teaching in Higher Education
Are you interesting in teaching in a university setting? From tenure track teaching opportunities to clinical professorships and adjunct positions, there are several options available. Hear from current faculty members as they share their advice on getting hired, balancing the demands of teaching and tips for success.
Dave Cash EdD ’08, Adjunct Faculty, USC Rossier School of Education
Robin Bishop PhD ’14, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Ryan Cornner EdD ’10, Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, Los Angeles Community College District
Rebecca Hong EdD ’09, Assistant Professor of Education, Biola University
Successful Networking Strategies for Women: It’s All About Relationships
Research cites the lack of formal and informal networks as a barrier to advancement for women leaders. This session will provide practical strategies to improve in that area. It will be interactive and participants will leave with tangible resources.
Carmela Franco, Superintendent Search Consultant, Hazard Young Attea & Associates
Darline Robles, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Cutting Edge Challenges in K-12 Student Freedom of Expression at School*
Join seasoned K-12 practicing school administrators and a school attorney in identifying the extent of and practical limitations on student freedom of expression in the age of social media. Participants will work through real life scenarios to identify strategies to avoid legal and public relations missteps while considering student safety, privacy, and civil rights.
Maggie Chidester EdD ’95, Partner, Law Offices of Margaret A. Chidester
Ralph Opacic EdD ’94, Executive Director/CEO of the Orange County High School of the Arts
Grace Park EdD ’07, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum, Instruction, Innovation, and Support, Chino Valley Unified School District
*Original session title: What K-12 Administrators Need to Know About Freedom of Speech