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Equity & Pluralism [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 16
 

8:20am

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD's vision for mathematics is that all students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Our equity strategies towards this goal include both the visionary work of teams of teachers engaging in lesson study, and also our work to end tracking in secondary mathematics. This morning's session will frame our work towards rigorous math in heterogeneous classrooms, describing the policy itself relative to research and data, as well as sharing current outcomes.

There will be opportunities for questions in a later session.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lizzy Hull Barnes

Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:20am - 8:35am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

10:15am

Lesson Study in Mathematics
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD has been making notable strides toward our vision that all students make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Through efforts to design and refine a problem-based curriculum, detrack high school math, and increase participation in advanced math courses, and through the development of math teacher leaders and math coaches in our schools, SFUSD has been a role model for other urban districts seeking to shift the practice of mathematics toward inquiry, critical thinking, and equitable outcomes. This impact has been accomplished in part through ongoing, responsive professional development efforts, including complex instruction, problem-solving cycles, and lesson study. A cohort of SFUSD schools has been committed to whole school lesson study within mathematics, focused on Teaching Through Problem Solving (TTP). These schools seek to ensure the participation of all educators in one or more rigorous lesson study cycles annually, toward the goal of accelerating math achievement for each and every student — so that students are confident, independent learners able to engage in high-level problem-solving and productive discussion, and able to use evidence and reason to construct viable arguments. Our cohort of schools believes that lesson study is a powerful lever for enhancing teachers' pedagogical content knowledge through the development of a research question, collaborative research and lesson planning, detailed observation, and the moderated debriefing of lessons. Using the Teaching Through Problem Solving protocol, Lauren Williams and the team will present a fifth-grade mathematics lesson with a class of Hillcrest Elementary students. Observers will have the opportunity to hear how the group developed their inquiry and resulting lesson, watch the lesson live with students, and participate in the debriefing. Expert commentary on the mathematics of the lesson will come from Dr. Harold Asturias. Final comments on the day will be from Annie Fetter.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Joseph Mannarino

5th Grade Teacher, John Muir Elementary School
Joseph is in his fourth year as a 5th-grade teacher at John Muir. He studied music and Spanish in college, working previously as a theater arts teacher and director for kids. He pursued his master's through the San Francisco Teacher Residency program. Joseph has attended the IMPULS... Read More →
avatar for Karen Cortez-Ramirez

Karen Cortez-Ramirez

3rd Grade Spanish Bilingual Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
My name is Karen Cortez-Ramirez. I am originally from Los Angeles and have been a public school educator for 11 years. I believe all teachers should strive to be agents of change. I have been teaching at Hillcrest Elementary in San Francisco since 2011, have spent most of my years... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams

Classroom Teacher, 5th Grade Gen Ed, Hillcrest Elementary School
Lauren has been a teacher at Hillcrest since 2013 and a Lesson Study participant since 2015. She attended IMPULS in Japan during the summer of 2018 and has loved bringing her learning back to her classroom and school site.
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Nora Houseman

Supervisor, Professional Learning & Leadership, San Francisco Unified School District
Nora Houseman grew up in Washington, DC, attending district public schools K–12 and leaving high school determined to further equity and justice in public schooling. Nora taught middle school for nine years in Oakland, San Lorenzo, and San Francisco, then served as the site principal... Read More →
avatar for Rashida Carter

Rashida Carter

Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
I am a graduate of Syracuse University (BS)  and University of San Francisco (MAT). While at USF I was in the SFTR (San Francisco Teacher Residency) program and did my residency at John Muir Elementary School. I have taught at John Muir for the past 3 years and am currently a 5th... Read More →
avatar for Sara Liebert

Sara Liebert

Principal, John Muir Elementary School
Sara Liebert is the principal at John Muir Elementary School in San Francisco, CA, and she has held several roles: math instructional coach, math teacher for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and lead teacher for the district’s Lesson Study project.


Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
 
Thursday, October 17
 

TBA

Power Literacy: Reimagining How We Think About Privilege
Citizen-activist Eric Liu encourages us all to become power literate in order to effect change. He posits that “the deepest truth is that we the people are not merely the passive receptacles or objects of power. We are the very source of power...We generate it. We give it.” Inspired by this, we developed a new framework for approaching issues of privilege and positionality after experiencing resistance from students about discussing privilege. Instead of focusing on privilege and who has it, we’ve asked students to map their relationship and access to power and consider their responsibility to use that power for the greater good. Join us to learn more about implementing a similar framework, resulting in increased participation and fluency in conversations about equity and justice.


Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Alegria Barclay

Alegria Barclay

Director of Social Justice, PreK-12, The Nueva School
After many years abroad, working at the International School in Bangkok and the International School of Prague, Alegria returns to the Bay Area to serve as our inaugural equity and social justice coordinator. Alegria works closely with the Board’s Diversity Committee, division heads... Read More →
avatar for Alison Williams

Alison Williams

Science of Mind, and Equity & Social Justice Associate Teacher, The Nueva School
Alison’s educational and professional experience has been focused on social and community empowerment. Earning a degree from Arizona State University, she concentrated in social work and restorative justice practices. Thus far in her career, her work has been dedicated to creating... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

Innovation for Everyone: Why Providing Access to Tech to Everyone is a Critical Civil Rights Issue of our Era
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the tech and innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color. Addressing access to high-quality, culturally relevant, effective innovation environments is important because tech and innovation are the engines of economic growth, and, according to Stanford Professor Raj Chetty, there are "Lost Einsteins" — largely black and brown kids — who are being left out of this economy. According to his research, if these Lost Einsteins were exposed to technology at the same rates as their white counterparts, we would have four times as many inventors, benefitting not just America today, but the future of our world. Rev. Jesse Jackson calls tech inclusion the “biggest civil rights issue of our era.” As we transition from an industrial economy to an innovation one, the technology industry must become more inclusive. Latino and Black employees make up less than 3% of large tech companies’ workforce. This session will discuss how to participate in the movement to address the absence of innovators of color in tech and find the next generation of innovation leaders. 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Olatunde Sobomehin

Olatunde Sobomehin

CEO/Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy
Tunde has a lifelong commitment to youth and social entrepreneurship. He is the founding CEO of StreetCode Academy, a community-based innovation hub that provides free technology training in coding, entrepreneurship, and design. He has taught public speaking at LPFI’s Summer Math... Read More →
avatar for Zanette Johnson

Zanette Johnson

Director of Research & Program Design, StreetCode Academy
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color.Addressing... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

Social Justice and Mathematics: One Road Map to Creating a Class
Nueva has long supported an interdisciplinary approach in which learning is authentic and focused on students’ interests and needs. Nueva classes encourage students to tackle messy, complex problems in which construction of knowledge is a practice shared by students, teachers, and environment. The mathematics team at Nueva firmly believes that mathematics is essential to deeply understand social and political issues. The session focuses on our experiences in building a mathematics course grounded in social justice. We will discuss how we gathered resources, defined goals and content objectives, and created projects that support understanding social issues through a mathematical lens. We will share the success and growing pains of such a course and possible ideas of how to embed social justice issues into other mathematical courses.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Danielle McReynolds-Dell joins Nueva as an Upper School mathematics teacher, most recently from Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. She has been teaching high school math for 15 years, beginning her career at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA, teaching a wide variety of courses... Read More →
avatar for Veena Krishnan

Veena Krishnan

Upper School Math and Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Veena Krishnan joined Nueva as an US Math Teacher in July 2016. Previously she was at Webb School of Knoxville, where she mostly taught AP Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Honors Precalculus, and Algebra II. She received the Dr. Edward l. Tauxe award in 2012-2013 that recognizes... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
 
Friday, October 18
 

8:15am

Achieving CSforALL through the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, offers incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had any introduction to computer science. A decade ago, the CSforALL movement was launched in the United States to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk reflects on the current state of that initiative and introduces the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course, which has received worldwide attention and in the spring of 2018 had 65% female enrollment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation.

Friday Slate
avatar for Dan Garcia

Dan Garcia

Teaching Professor, University of California Berkeley
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a teaching professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Paving a Successful Pathway in STEM for Low-income Populations
Mathematics is supposed to be a universal language — beautiful, expressive of human thought, and a vehicle for the study of truth. Then why is not equally accessible to everyone? Students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minorities rarely access deeper mathematical study, and so math and math-related careers can seem locked away from them.

We will seek to understand what kind of education many successful students receive in science and math, and how to support students from historically marginalized communities to achieve at the same level. The talk will present results from Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), along with lessons learned about tailoring programs to reach out to new communities, how to adjust problems and topics for students who might have less background, and how to help make mathematics more accessible without sacrificing content. Participants will see specific strategies for supporting advanced work for underserved students. This session is likely to be especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers.

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Principles of Gender Inclusive Puberty and Health Education
This session will provide a framework and tools to recognize and affirm the gender diversity of all students in health and sex education, with a focus on puberty and reproductive health. Adolescent and sexual health instruction frequently confronts a seeming paradox: provide a program that speaks to the needs of the vast majority of students, or account for the experiences of LGBT students and face inevitable backlash from myriad stakeholders. Fear of the latter causes many schools to shy away from meeting the unique needs of these vulnerable students. The framework offered in this workshop offers a simple and straightforward approach that allows educators to simultaneously address the needs of their cisgender and heterosexual students while also ensuring that their gender- and sexual-minority students see their own experiences and questions reflected in the program of instruction. While multiple curricula exist that speak to the specific needs of LGBT students, educators seeking to be truly inclusive by implementing them face the prospect of resistance from colleagues, community, and caregivers who accuse them of "operating from an agenda." This workshop represents an innovate "third road" for navigating this frequently encountered challenge, enabling educators to balance the tension created by this dynamic. It will provide concrete language for making the case for gender-inclusive instruction when educators encounter adversarial individuals unclear about or even unsupportive of a truly inclusive program

Friday Slate
avatar for Joel Baum

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Talented Girls and Women: Challenges, Obstacles, and Nuances
What challenges and obstacles do talented girls and women encounter? This session will focus on smart girls and talented women, summarizing decades of research by the presenter and making recommendations based on this research about how to develop talents in girls and women. Specific ideas about helping talented adolescents will be discussed, including creating plans for personal talent development.

Friday Slate
avatar for Sally Reis

Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

THE G WORD -- A Feature Documentary in Post-Production
Independent filmmaker Marc Smolowitz will screen and discuss the latest clips from his feature documentary The G Word, which is now in post-production. The G Word aims to be the most ambitious and comprehensive film ever made on the topic of gifted and talented education in the United States.

Friday Slate
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Marc Smolowitz

Independent Filmmaker, 13th GEN
Marc Smolowitz is a multiaward-winning director, producer, and executive producer with more than 25 years’ experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been powerful social-issue filmmaking across all genres. His long list of credits... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

"Thinking Like a Lawyer": Practical Strategies to Close the Critical Thinking Gap
Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. What if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it's been taught for thousands of years? “Thinking Like a Lawyer” is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from "what" and "how to" to "why" and "what if," and Colin Seale will share practical instructional strategies for educators to give all students equitable access to deeper learning experiences.

Friday Slate
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Founder & CEO, thinkLaw
Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

The Gender Creative Child
This presentation will outline the infinite variations on the theme of the gender creative child, the general principles of the gender affirmative model, and the application of this knowledge to the education and social-emotional support for children of all genders.

Friday Slate
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of pediatrics at UCSF, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, training, and consultation... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy
Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) still live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I will briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children's healthy development, as well as research on the developmental impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. In light of our relative ignorance of the impact of poverty on very young children, I will describe an ongoing experiment in which low-income mothers with newborns are randomly assigned to receive either smaller or larger monthly cash gifts over the first 40 months of their children's lives. Impacts will be assessed on both children's cognitive and socioemotional development as well as on family processes thought to mediate the impacts of poverty on child well-being. Finally, I will describe the impacts on child poverty and employment of 20 program and policy approaches to reducing child poverty, which is also found in the National Academy report.

Friday Slate
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Greg Duncan

Professor, University of California Irvine, School of Education
Greg Duncan holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and spent the first 35 years of his career at the University of Michigan and Northwestern... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

Building More Equitable Mathematics Instruction by Teaching Through Problem-solving
In Teaching Through Problem-solving, students learn each new mathematical concept or procedure by solving a challenging problem that embodies the new mathematics. Analyze video from urban elementary schools where Teaching Through Problem-solving has dramatically improved student achievement, with a focus on practices you can use to build more equitable mathematics learning in your site, including student-led questioning routines, planned board use, and reflective mathematics journals.

Friday Slate
avatar for Akihiko Takahashi

Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →
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Shelley Friedkin

Senior Research Associate, Mills College
Shelley Friedkin is a senior research associate for Lesson Study Group at Mills College. She graduated from Brunel University in England with an elementary teaching credential and taught in Central London. She received her doctorate in education leadership from Mills College. For... Read More →
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Catherine Lewis

Senior Research Scientist, Mills College
Catherine Lewis, PhD, comes from four generations of public school teachers. Her video and print materials have introduced many educators to Lesson Study (LS; www.lessonresearch.net ). She has directed a series of federally funded grants to improve and research LS, establishing that... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:35am

STEM as a Pathway to Mathematics for All Learners
Rapidly changing technologies are permeating all aspects of our world at an exponential rate, forcing us to redefine skills for our globalized, collaborative, and technology-driven humanity. As education systems consider what skills, tools and mindsets are needed in a future characterized by unprecedented change and uncertainty, we need to pay careful attention to developing critical capacities and competencies that will enable our future leaders, learners, and innovators to think creatively, collaborate powerfully, and solve problems tenaciously as we venture into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Through carefully designed, active engagement in STEM learning experiences, students learn the skills, tools and mindsets required to be actively engaged citizens. Sadly, for far too many students, math is a critical gatekeeper that unjustly filters them out of STEM, leaving them ill-equipped to actively participate and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This talk discusses how we can change the equation for many students by mathematizing STEM and teaching math differently.

Friday Slate
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Gina Cherkowski

Chief Educator Officer, STEM Learning Lab
Dr. Cherkowski is an educational game changer on a mission to ensure all students have access to high-quality STEM learning experiences so they are aptly prepared for our technology-driven, dynamic world. Dr. Cherkowski holds a PhD in mathematics education as well as in culture studies... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:35am - 11:35am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:35am

Talking With Kids About Race
How does one start a conversation about race with a child? In the wake of the presidential election results and uprisings and protests in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore, Oakland, and South Dakota, many of us are imagining that another world is possible. We know that the potential for a world in which unarmed Black Americans are not killed regularly by police and people of color are not the targets of systemic racism and hate crimes has to start with us. In fact, the most powerful change we can make is on the micro level, with what we teach our children about race and implicit bias. This introductory session will help us unpack our own understanding of race and outline developmentally appropriate language to use with kids. 

Friday Slate
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Micia Mosely

Director, Black Teacher Project
Micia Mosely, a comedian and educator who earned her PhD in education from UC Berkeley, keeps audiences learning and laughing in a variety of contexts and venues. Mosely’s one-woman show, Where My Girls At? (an off-Broadway comedy about Black lesbians), was nominated for a New York... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:35am - 12:05pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:35am

Speaking up and Calling in: Skills to Interrupt White Supremacy and Racism with Love and Compassion
In this workshop we will present and practice basic communication skills, methods to challenge and deconstruct white supremacy and racism. We often lack the skill needed to engage meaningful, effective, and heartfelt conversations challenging white supremacy with those closest to us — our families, friends, and communities. In this interactive session we will cultivate a critical and compassionate understanding of the difference between “safe” and “comfortable” conversations and learn how to push through discomfort to engage these important conversations from a lens of love.  We will increase our skill in explaining and discussing the construction and impacts of white supremacy to individuals who are at varying levels of experience, and who may not share our beliefs and ideals. And will deepen our ability to effectively engage these conversations to connect across difference and begin deconstructing the culture of white supremacy. 

Friday Slate
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Natalie Thoreson

Anti-Oppression/Social Justice Ed. Consultant, inVision Consulting
Natalie Thoreson, founder of inVision Consulting and the organization’s primary consultant, has designed and facilitated social justice, anti-oppression, and liberation workshops for over 17 years, designing and delivering workshops for people at various skill levels in nonprofit... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:35am - 12:05pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Getting Down to Facts: Current Conditions and Paths Forward for California Schools
California’s education system has seen substantial policy shifts over the past decade, potentially benefiting the state’s 6.2 million students. This recent research project provides a “state of the state,” with the goal of providing a common set of facts to inform discussions and education policy development going forward. This is the second time that leading researchers have come together to consolidate evidence on how to improve education in California. Ten years ago the state’s dynamic system was clearly due for a revamp, but where to begin? That question could only be answered with data. The need for a fact-gathering mission gave birth to the first comprehensive Getting Down to Facts report in 2007 to take a critical look at all things K–12. The first report informed state lawmakers in their work to adopt many reforms that were necessary to put California’s education system on the right track. At the same time, an economic recession brought a chilling effect to the state’s resources and made implementation of measurable improvement an even bigger challenge. Thanks to a healthy recovery in recent years, many reforms began to take hold. Now, ten years later, after a range of educational policy changes and as the state embarks on the next chapter of its public education system, Getting Down to Facts II once again provides the facts. GDTFII provides in-depth analysis of the state education system as of 2018 and looks at what is working well and where improvement is still needed. The report’s findings are contained in 36 separate studies thoroughly researched by over 100 leading academics from top research institutions across California and the United States. What are the most important things to know about education in California? Key findings include:
• California’s education system is moving in the right direction but is still needs to build capacity to support a decade of reforms. Over the past decade, a multitude of reforms has resulted in some improvement. But the system still must ensure that educators and other practitioners have the skills, information, and materials they need to put major reforms more fully into practice.
• Large achievement gaps persist in California by race, ethnicity, income, and English learner (EL) status.
• California’s children are behind before they enter kindergarten. The system needs a continued focus on closing achievement gaps through multiple approaches, including enhanced early childhood education.
• Funding levels remain short of adequate for schools in California, given the goals of state policies.
• Untouched critical funding issues could destabilize the system. Pensions, special education, and facilities each have the potential to worsen inequities if not addressed.
• California produces very little information on what makes an excellent education for its own students. Despite investments in data systems in California, the state still falls short of what other states have developed.
This session will discuss the findings of the study and the initial work at the state level to address some of the findings.

Friday Slate
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Susanna Loeb

Director of Annenberg Institute, Professor of Education and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Susanna's research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students. Her work has addressed issues of educator career choices and professional development, school finance and governance, and early childhood systems. Before moving... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity, the Lessons We Have Learned, and the Questions We Still Have
The SFUSD Class of 2019 was our first cohort of students to experience detracked heterogeneous eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade Common Core math. Now that they have graduated, what new insights do we have about the impacts of our policy? We continue to analyze data, work with stakeholders, and make adjustments to sustain our commitment to all learners. This session will describe how we have responded to both public scrutiny and curiosity about our successes and challenges, and name the questions we still have. There will be opportunities both for questions and for considering how this might resonate in your own contexts.

Friday Slate
avatar for Lizzy Hull Barnes

Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Cultural Competency in Education: What Leaders Need to Know
As leaders of our institutions, we need to have strategic vision and global understanding to manage meaningful change. How is old school diversity (something good to do and nice to have) shifting to 21st century cultural competency (something critical to the success of all of our students in a global world)? What factors help us understand where the school is on the spectrum of exclusive clubs to inclusive organizations? How do we move our communities strategically at the pace that is right for the school? Discuss these questions and gather tools to help our schools become the leading edge of cultural competency, inclusion, and equity.

Friday Slate
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Rosetta Lee

Faculty and Outreach Specialist, Seattle Girl's School
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for junior high school girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Teaching Girls The Power of Voice 
Girls are facing new pressures today that are resulting in unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Marean will discuss how growing up today is different from the past, how this is impacted by demographics and culture, and, most importantly, what adults can teach and how they can model roles to cultivate resilience.

Friday Slate
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Simone Marean

CEO & Co-Founder, Girls Leadership
Simone is the CEO and co-founder of Girls Leadership. She taught Girls Leadership programs and presented on girls across the country and internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the American School in Dubai. Simone has a master's degree in educational... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

Fundamental Innovations to Transform Equity and Inclusion at School
Organizations rightfully understand the importance of equity and inclusion work. Effective programming requires a range of supports, partnerships, and understandings that are critical for long-term success. This session will engage participants in some critical lessons learned from the Urban School of San Francisco equity and inclusion program. Participants will learn about fundamental innovations and programmatic approaches that have guided the program over the last 20 years. This session will be useful for those considering how to partner with trustees, faculty, students, and parents.

Friday Slate
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Clarke Weatherspoon

Middle School Head, San Francisco Friends School
Clarke Weatherspoon is currently the middle school head at San Francisco Friends School. He served as history instructor, ninth/tenth grade dean, and Dean of Inclusion during 13 years at the Urban School of San Francisco. Clarke is a meditator, former water polo coach, and cyclist... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

The Right to Learn: Seeking Equality of Educational Opportunity Through the Courts
Ever since the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the content and contours of the right to an education has continued to evolve. Education has become even more important for individual success and our collective well-being, our educational institutions and pedagogy have become more complex, and our recognition of the role that litigation and courts play in securing equality of educational opportunity has become more nuanced. From the abolition of state-sponsored segregation to racial desegregation as remedy; from the provision of school access for students with disabilities — even those with serious emotional or cognitive disabilities — to integration with nondisabled peers; and from the equitable funding of schools across district lines to the provision of funding sufficient to ensure an adequate education, courts and the law continue to shape the educational opportunities our children receive. This session both takes stock and looks to the future of modern educational rights litigation with a focus on educational finance litigation, litigation aimed at enhancing the equity and adequacy of school funding.

Friday Slate
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William S. Koski

Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
William Koski, PhD, an accomplished clinical teacher and litigator, is the founder and director of Stanford Law School’s Youth and Education Law Project (YELP). He and the students in the project have represented hundreds of disadvantaged children and their families in educational... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

Gifted Education for the Cool Kids: Being Real About Social Capital & Achievement
Students are more accepting of each other than ever, but gifted students, particularly in older grades and in low-SES subgroups, face tremendous social pressures that may limit them from reaching their full potential. Discover practical strategies and structures to help high-potential students enhance their social capital and fulfill their promise.

Friday Slate
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Colin Seale

Founder & CEO, thinkLaw
Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Leveraging Hope to Increase Student Achievement 
In this presentation, Dr. Dixson will discuss how hope — one's perceived ability to envision and attain a better tomorrow — has the potential to increase achievement outcomes in minority and disadvantaged youth. In addition, he will present various ways in which educators can increase the hope of their students and how hope research can be applied universally in schools.

Friday Slate
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Dante D. Dixson

Assistant Professor of School and Educational Psychology, Michigan State University
Dante D. Dixson received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) in psychology, master’s degree in education, and PhD in school psychology from UC Berkeley. He is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University in the department of counseling, educational psychology... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

What Does it Take to Succeed in Science and Math? An Equity-Focused Approach to Advanced Study
Across the US, different communities of students receive different messages about what success means. In underserved communities, the message is often about the basics: get good grades and pass your tests. Meanwhile, more privileged students are told about extracurricular programs, independent research projects, internships, and self-study. The result is that when they get to college, students might be in the same classroom, but they have radically different preparation for STEM work. Few underserved students receive the kind of education that prepares them to break barriers as scientists or for careers at top tech firms. This talk will look at trends in data surrounding student achievement. We want to better understand the academic ecosystem in which students find themselves and will consider approaches to addressing the disparities. Participants will better understand their role in preparing students for STEM careers and what it means to be STEM College Ready. The content is especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers. Participants should also be ready to see a little bit of math, although solving problems is not required!

Friday Slate
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Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403