2018 Sessions

Concurrent Session One – 9:00-10:30am

Strand 1: Creating strong systems of support for scholars of all ages


What is the Color of Your Heart? Creating positive identities and bridging the racial reality gap
Rose Borunda
A racial reality gap continues to be a serious challenge that we struggle with right here in Sacramento as well as across the nation. Come learn from historic humanists who have worked across cultural and racial lines to form coalitions, close the racial reality gap, and dismantle the structure of white supremacy. You will gain inspiration and specific strategies you can apply in your daily life and interactions. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 5:Pupil Engagement and 6:School Climate)

Facilitating Meaningful Mathematical Discourse in the Elementary Classroom
Stephanie Biagetti
Biagetti discusses "talk moves" to support mathematical thinking, which are types of intentional math conversations, questions and sentence starters to support constructive conversation skills. You will participate in constructive math conversations to experience the tools in action and leave with resources to help you facilitate math conversations with your own students. Particular focus will be on the ELD standards for enhancing language skills while deepening content understanding. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services, 2:State Standards Implementation, 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement)

Academic Demands and the Social-Emotional Health of Children: Advocating for Research-Informed Practice
Melissa Holland
This session explores the social and emotional health of our school-aged children in the context of the academic demands they face at each stage of development. You’ll hear about:

  • Current research on the topic of academic demands, namely homework, and physical/social/emotional health
  • The social and emotional needs of children in schools
  • Practical strategies and directions for balancing children’s academic and physical, emotional and relational health needs
    (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 5:Pupil Engagement and 6:School Climate)

School Crisis Preparedness
Stephen Brock
It’s not a question of "if" a school will need to respond to crisis; rather, it’s a question of "when." Today’s schools face increasing expectations to be prepared for a crisis. This session examines best practices in school crisis preparedness. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 5:Pupil Engagement and 6:School Climate)


Strand 2: Social Justice and Educational Equity: Theory and Practice


Alternate Assessment ≠ Alternate Curriculum: What the Research Says and How to Provide Meaningful Access
Kathy Gee
Research shows that students with severe disabilities have better outcomes when they are included in general education alongside their typical peers from elementary through high school.  Yet, this population is still the most segregated in our public schools. This session focuses on the practical strategies for implementation of meaningful goals within the core curriculum for students with significant disabilities. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services, 2:State Standards Implementation, 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement)

Transformative Leadership: A Multicultural Platform for Advancing African American Male Student Success
Sarah Graham
Transformative leaders address the needs of diverse populations and empower individuals to challenge the status quo, affirm their identity, and serve as allies to communities facing oppression, subjugation, and disempowerment. This presentation focuses on the values of social justice, critically relevant pedagogy, and empowerment, leaving you with the tools you need to influence school culture and the greater community in a way that supports the success of African American male students. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement, and 6:School Climate)

Next Generation Science Standards & Designing Solutions in K-2
Jenna Porter and Corinne Lardy
In this interactive session you’ll hear about the three dimensions of NGSS (Disciplinary Core Ideas; Crosscutting Concepts; Science and Engineering Practices) and how they’re integrated. You’ll also be challenged to design a solution to a local, relevant problem related to the dwindling bee population. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services, 2:State Standards Implementation, 4:Pupil Achievement, and 5:Pupil Engagement)

Youth Voice Strategies for Student-Led School Climate Change 
Meagan O’Malley
We Stand With Emma Gonzalez. How do we empower young people to influence changes in the environments where they live and go to school?  This workshop will introduce several research-supported practices for inverting school climate improvement efforts from adult-led to youth-led. You’ll hear about several field-tested and research-supported practices to improve school climate by engaging youth voice and community organizing. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement, and 6:School Climate)

BREAK: 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session Two: 10:45-12:15pm

Strand 1: Innovations in Curriculum to Engage Multicultural Students


New Approaches to Strategic Planning
Geni Cowan and Jose Chavez
Strategic planning is an opportunity to involve the entire school community in the LCAP planning process. In this session, you’ll heard about an approach that expands community engagement and enhances opportunities for successful educational outcomes and helps school leaders build greater accountability in their communities. (aligns to California Administrator Performance Expectation-CAPE 10, 11 and 12: School Improvement Leadership)

Understanding the Academic and Social Value of Ethnic Studies Education
Dale Allender
Can ethnic studies education increase grades and test scores, and decrease truancy? You’ll hear what the three primary academic studies show, and learn how the research findings map onto Bloom's revised taxonomy. You’ll also experience classroom practices based on the research. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services, 2:State Standards Implementation, 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement)

Cultivating Aspirations for Success in Higher Education throughout the P20 Educational Pathway
Amber Gonzalez
We have seen an increase in the number of Students of Color enrolling in 2-year and 4-year universities.  However, these communities still lag behind other groups in obtaining their 4-year degree.  This session will address what educators can do throughout the P20 pathway to cultivate aspirations among diverse students to pursue and thrive in higher education. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 3: Parental Involvement, 4: Pupil Achievement, 6: School Climate)

Toxic Stress: What Educators Need to Know about Complex Trauma
Stephen Brock
The normal stress response is important for survival. It prepares you to respond to a threatening situation. However, when a student is constantly exposed to threats it generates what is referred to as “toxic stress” or complex trauma that can change brain structure and function. Educators need to know about the trauma-informed practices you’ll be introduced to in this session. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 4:Pupil Achievement, 5:Pupil Engagement, and 6:School Climate)


Strand 2: Essential Tools for Educators in the 21st Century

Social Media and Apps 101 for School Leaders and Teachers: Using Technology to Maximum Advantage for Your School
Denver Fowler
We’ll introduce social media and apps that can be utilized effectively with school leadership and classroom instruction in the educational setting, and give you a chance to actively engage with the presenter using those media and apps. After participating in the presentation, you’ll have a greater sense of innovative ways to use social media and apps with students, staff, parents, community members, and business owners.  (aligns to ISTE Standards for Administrators 2b, 3c, 4a, 5b, and 5c)

Teaching Algebra to Underprepared Students
Ravin Pan and Sarah Ives
Algebra continues to be the gatekeeper for many of our minority students. Drawing resources from the area, we have developed a mathematics curriculum for 12th graders. In this presentation, we will do some mathematics to get a better sense of what colleges are looking for when students matriculate. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services, 2:State Standards Implementation, 4:Pupil Achievement, and 5:Pupil Engagement)

Designing Multi-Tiered Systems for Student Success
EunMi Cho and Cindy Collado
Based on the CDE’s definition of MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) and by comparing MTSS to RtI (Response to Instruction and Intervention), this presentation will help participants to apply their understanding to make real classroom changes with school-wide, class-wide, and individual supports. The changes will be anchored in UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles and instructional strategies so ALL students have opportunities for learning through differentiated content, processes, and product. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services and 2: Implementation of State Standards)

4th Grade History/Social Studies: Culturally Appropriate Alternatives to the Mission Project
Rose Borunda
The new California History-Social Science Framework calls for a more inclusive and extensive perspective be given our children about California Indian history. Teachers in the field can learn from several California Indian communities who have developed curriculum for use in our classrooms. Having access to these curricula enhances children's knowledge about California and provides a richer and deeper understanding of the region’s history over thousands of years. (aligns to State LCAP Priorities 1:Basic services and 2:State Standards Implementation)


Lunch will be served from 12:15-12:45pm. At 12:45pm we will begin the Closing Panel. The day will conclude with a give-away of gold, silver and bronze prizes!


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