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​​​​Achievement Gap Task Force Forum - March 10, 2016


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​Please join the San Diego County Achievement Gap Task Force in ensuring the success of every student through closing the opportunity gap at the March 10 Superintendents’ and School Leaders’ Forum. Together, with one mission and vision, we can change the future for our students.​

This spring, the forum will focus on bringing student voice to the forefront of our conversations and decision-making as educational leaders in the county. All of our students have the potential to succeed if we give them the opportunity and the tools. 

The half-day event brings together superintendents, district teams, teachers, business leaders, university leaders, and others to explore best practices and strategies that support equal access to rigorous learning opportunities for all students. Hear from the inspirational, urban education pioneer Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, attend a breakout session on cutting-edge practices, network and plan with district and school leaders.​

Thank you for making San Diego County students a priority.

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WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon, March 10, 2016

WHERE: Town and Country Resort and Convention Center B​allroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108

COST: $50 per person


7:30 to 8 a.m.           Breakfast and Registration
8:00 to 9:45 a.m.      Welcome and Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Keynote
9:45 to 11 a.m.         Breakout Sessions
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.    District Team Action Planning​


​Jeff Duncan-Andrade ​​​

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Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade is a university professor, a high school teacher, an author and the co-founder of a non-profit. He teaches Raza studies and education at San Francisco State University as well as English in an east Oakland high school. Duncan-Andrade is the co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network and the Roses in Concrete Community School. As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, his strategies have been acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools.​

Breakout Sessions 

*​Each participant will attend only one session. The registration page (link) will direct attendees to select their first, second and third choices. The title of each session will link to a page containing all of the materials for that session.​

​Click for a printable list of the breakout sessions and their descriptions.​

Option 1: Supporting Rigorous Mathematics:  A Systems Approach to Building Capacity Districtwide ​

The Del Mar Union School District empowers teachers with the research and understanding necessary to make effective instructional decisions in the area of mathematics. This presentation will share how Del Mar Union School District developed systems to support the district’s long-range plan focused on conceptually-based mathematics instruction through problem solving. Presenters will share tools, resources, and professional learning models.  Videos will showcase the district’s teacher and classroom practices.      

Del Mar Union School District
Presenters: Shelley Petersen, assistant superintendent, instructional services; Dinah Brown, coordinator of curriculum and instruction; Rachel Matteson, teacher​
Grades: K-8

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education continues to be a hot topic in teaching and learning. Yet, many agree that STEM, as designed, falls short and often compensate by adding art, PE, and other content to the mix. In this session, hear how Encinitas Union School District reframed STEM by adding design thinking and research to create DREAMS education (Design, Research, Engineering, Art, Math, and Science). Learn how technology can be integrated across subject areas, and discover the ways information literacy supports development of design thinking and research skills. Explore innovative ideas and walk away with tangible steps for implementation in your own district.

Encinitas Union School District
Presenters:  Dr. Timothy Baird, superintendent and Dr. Leighangela Brady, assistant superintendent; Mike Guerena, director of educational technology; Glen Warren, coordinator
Grades: K-8

Option 3:  Career and Technical Pathway: Empowering Students to Achieve

Powerful hands-on and minds-on learning engages scholars in the world around them. It asks them to not just master academic content and hone essential skills, but to think critically about interdisciplinary topics and problems. It takes them beyond the classroom and school walls to deepen their understanding. Encouraging and nurturing a learning environment that values learning as purposeful, social, emotional, and empowering is essential. Thinking systemically about three key dimensions – structures, school culture, and instruction – helps Del Lago Academy provide meaningful learning experiences for their scholars. This presentation will provide a forum to discuss the interplay among structures (time, spaces, and networks), school culture (routines and rituals, student engagement, and partnerships) and instruction (curriculum, relevance, teaching routines, and grading). 

Escondido Union High School District
Presenters:  Keith Nuthall, principal; Tessa Riley, academic dean; Carissa Duran, teacher; Brent Sellstrom, teacher; Soudabeh Memarzadeh, teacher; Del Lago students
Grades: 9-12

Option 4: Building Excellence through High Expectations and Relationships

Oceanside High School’s focus on high expectations and building student relationships has made a significant difference in the reduction in student referrals and suspensions and is showing an increase in academic outcomes for at-risk students.  Oceanside High School Principal Dr. Ron Pirayoff and Coach John Carroll will share the school’s focus and coaching approach for creating a focus on excellence through high expectations and courageous relationships with students. Learn the steps of developing effective relationships with students, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, academic success, and physical abilities. .  

Oceanside Unified​ School District 
Presenters:  Dr. Ron Pirayoff, principal; John Carroll, coach
Grades: 7-12

In an effort to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to learn effectively, and work productively in an increasingly digital society, Sweetwater Union High School District will share how they, in partnership with the University of California San Diego, transformed and expanded an underutilized computer science offering, into relevant, engaging courses, including AP, systematically across the district. Learn what structures were created to equitably support students in accessing this rigorous course and curriculum, as well as the skills and knowledge teachers needed to transform learning for students.​

Sweetwater Union School District
Presenters: Dr. Ana Maria Alvarez, assistant superintendent, teaching and learning; Dr. Katrine Czajkowski, program manager​; Art Lopez, curriculum specialist; Dr. Susan Yonezawa, UC San Diego
Grades: 9-12

Option 6: Transitions from High School to College for First Generation Students: Challenges and Opportunities

For most K-12 students, families, and educators, a primary goal is college preparation. But is acceptance into college or university really the "golden ticket?"​ This presentation will share results from a year-long study that focused on the experiences of first-generation college students as they transitioned from high school to college. In addition to sharing overall findings, the presentation will feature students who will share their individual stories.  The presentation will provide specific suggestions for how K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions might adapt to better support students through this crucial educational transition. 

University of San Diego
Presenter:  Dr. Heather Lattimer, associate dean and professor; student panel
Grades: K-16

Option 7:  Industry Voice: What Skills and Dispositions are Needed for Workforce Readiness?

According to the most recent 10-year occupational growth projections by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2008, the demand for more educated workers should continue. “In the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the estimated 15.6 million net new jobs created in America will be in occupations that require postsecondary education or considerable on-the-job training,” former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao said (Jerald, 2009). While the future job market will need a highly skilled and educated work force, statistics on higher levels of education are not promising. In this session, district and school leaders will dialogue with industry leaders regarding the educational skills and dispositions needed future workforce success.

Pharmatek, and Qualcomm
Presenters:  ​Timothy Scott, president of Pharmatek; Ed Hidalgo, senior staffing director for Qualcomm; Kathryn Dekas, People Analytics Manager for Google
Grades: K-Adult