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Achievement Gap Task Force Forum - Nov. 29, 2016

Ignite Learning: Build Students' Will and Skill to Achieve 

Join the San Diego County Achievement Gap Task Force in ensuring the success of every student through closing the opportunity gap at the Nov. 29 Superintendents’ and School Leaders’ Forum. Together, with one mission and vision, we can change the future for our students.​ Register now!

This half-day event for superintendents, school leaders, and counselors features a powerful blueprint to build a student-centered school culture and ensure your students thrive.

Meet an actual dream director who almost didn't make it out of San Diego's inner city, but went on to graduate from Harvard University. Jesse Sanchez now works to make students' dreams a reality through his work with the Future Project at San Francisco International High School. His presentation will showcase how he helps unlock students' potential and build their will and skill to succeed.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon, Nov. 29, 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 to 9:45 a.m.     Welcome and Keynote

9:45 to 11 a.m.    Breakout Sessions

11 a.m. to noon   District Team Action Planning​

REGISTER: Click to register your team

CONTACTAlicia Moyer at 858-292-3545 for more information

Learn about one school's innovative approach to the #GoOpen movement through C.O.W., a unique project involving seven teachers and 600 students from three states through which teachers and students worked collaboratively across state lines to answer an essential question.  During this session, educational leaders will learn more about the competency-based, interstate, inter-disciplinary project, will be exposed to the #GoOpen movement and will be provided an opportunity to develop an action plan using an innovative approach to using Open Educational Resources (OER) now! (K-12)

Presenters: Dr. Devin Vodicka, superintendent, Vista Unified School District; Elise Ochenduszko, principal, Roosevelt Middle School; Jessica Janes, teacher, Roosevelt Middle School

Session 2: Closing the Gap, Turning Data into Action

Discover how to create a student-centered accountability and data system.  In this important session, Dr. Escobedo will share his highly effective system for student-based decision-making, grounded in the district’s strategic goals of literacy, equity, collaboration, technology, and safe and supportive environments.  Chula Vista’s unique approach uses a data dashboard at all leadership levels, including the board, the superintendent, district leaders, and site principals, to provide insight, inform decisions, and target support in key areas that help to close the opportunity gap. (K-12)

Presenters: Dr. Francisco Escobedo, superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School District; Matthew Tessier, assistant superintendent, innovation and instruction; Gloria Ciriza, executive director, curriculum and instruction. 

Session 3: Focusing Collaborative Efforts on Improved Student Learning 

Redefine your professional learning communities with this dynamic session. Superintendent Jones will share his districtwide PLC approach, based on his work with the DuFours. This innovative initiative has resulted in impressive outcomes for all learners, including English learners, and has directly led to a Title I Academic Achievement Award. Superintendent David Jones will share how Vallecitos has structured PLCs and RTI to place the focus where it belongs – on improving student learning. (K-8)

Presenter: David Jones, superintendent, Vallecitos School District

Session 4: Equity and Access through Career Technical Pathways

Learn from a panel of career technical pathways educators who will share their innovative approaches for providing high-quality CTE pathways and industry education through a lens of equity and access.  The panel will also share strategies for addressing some of the unique challenges and barriers CTE programs face. (6-12)

Presenter: Brian Butler, district advisor, career and technical education, SDCOE 

Session 5: Activating Student Agency, Self-Efficacy, and Voice

Reimagine your school culture with Leslie Loewen, a Campus Culture Manager for the 4th largest district in the state of California. In this interactive session, Leslie will share innovative tools for measuring and monitoring student engagement, as well as understanding the science, technical expertise, and human dynamics involved in creating an empowering, student-centered culture. (K-16) 

Presenter:  Leslie Loewen, campus culture manager, Fresno Unified School District

Session 6: Unlimited Possibilities for all Students

Discover concrete strategies from the Future Project’s Possibilities Framework to develop college and career pathways for every student. Jessie Sanchez will share and how to create a space for student agency and leadership through low-cost, low-barrier, youth-centered approaches. (K-12) 

Presenter:  Jesse Sanchez, dream director, The Future Project

Session 7: Creating Innovative Systems for Improved Student Learning 

Identify how to leverage innovation for improved teaching and learning with Dr. Katie Martin. In this interactive session, Dr. Martin will share her cutting-edge work with district leaders in system-design and professional learning for high-quality instruction and improved student learning outcomes. 

Presenter: Dr. Katie Martin, director of professional learning, University of San Diego Mobile Technology Center