Fall 2018 Social Justice and Equity Institute
Intentional Activism: Leadership, Literacy and Social Justice
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Courtyard Marriott – Oxnard, CA
This Social Justice and Equity Institute will help participants explore the meaning of social justice and examine how leadership and literacy impact education and in society in general. Participants will be encouraged to examine the inequities that play out in schools and collaborate to find effective ways to create more equitable institutions that serve all students.
Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno is the Founder/CEO of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), a nonprofit active in the Central Valley and throughout the state of California whose primary goals are the development of Social Justice educational leaders, the development of leaders of color through mentoring, addressing inequities in school discipline and researching the impact of positive leadership models on underrepresented groups. Dr. Magdaleno most recently served as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno and has also served the students of California as an elementary school principal, middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal, high school teacher, coach, and guidance counselor in addition to his role as a professor at Fresno State. His published works include Factors Impeding the Social and Academic Progress of African American Males in Foster Care; Educational Leaders and the Acknowledgement Gap (Journal of School Leadership, 2015), Equation for Access (Cabinet Support +Staff Mentorship) = A Leadership Pipeline (International Mentoring Association, 2014 with Dr. Cynthia Teniente – Matson) and Mentoring Latina and Latino Leaders in Keeping and Improving Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2010). His primary research interests are areas of critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.
Gilberto Q. Conchas obtained a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Educational Policy and Social Context at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to UCI, Dr. Conchas was a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Conchas is an expert on qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on case study methodology. Conchas’ research focuses on inequality with an emphasis on urban communities and schools. Numerous scholarly journals have published his work. He is the author of seven books, including The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth, Small Schools and Urban Youth: Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Youth, StreetSmart SchoolSmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Boys of Color, and Cracks in the Schoolyard—Confronting Latino Educational Inequality. Dr. Conchas has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, University of Barcelona, Spain, and the University of California, Santa Barbara and Berkeley.
A champion and advocate of children, Dr. Angelica M. Ramsey has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Pleasant Valley School District since July 2016. Prior to joining PVSD, she served as an associate superintendent, chief academic officer, principal, assistant principal, teacher and athletic coach in California and Texas. Prior to entering the field of education, she briefly served in the US Army as a paralegal specialist.
Under her leadership, PVSD created and published a three-year strategic plan entitled Vision 2020: Excellence for All. The plan outlined newly formulated goals, articulated commitments aligned to LCAP priorities, and identified specific strategies to meet goals. The District also published a Master Facilities Plan which led to a successful $119 MIL school bond measure to ensure 21st century learning environments, upgrades to aging infrastructure, and implementation of safety measures.
Dr. Ramsey resides in Camarillo with her husband, Daryton. She is active in the community with the Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, an educational specialist degree in teaching and learning from Liberty University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Liberty University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Nuestra Voz: A Critical Ethnographic Study of Latina School Leaders”.
Dr. Cesar A. Morales is Superintendent for the growing Oxnard School District, with approximately 17,000 students. He has served the public education system as a high school teacher, middle school Special Education teacher, middle school counselor, Assistant Principal, Learning Director, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources prior to his current role of Superintendent. He also served as a part-time instructor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles teaching Organizational Management courses in the Educational Administration program.
Dr. Morales earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and a Doctorate in Education from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). As a doctoral student, his research interests included resiliency theory, school access and equity, parental involvement and college going culture. He is active in the community. Presently, Dr. Morales serves as a Commissioner on the Ventura County First 5 Commission that focuses on early childhood development, early literacy and wrap around services to children from birth to 5 years old.
Dr. Morales is a former mentor in the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and former Southern California region representative. He recently finished his term as President for CALSA. Most recently, Dr. Morales was recognized by EdWeek as being the recipient of the “Leaders to Learn From” Superintendent Award which is a national recognition given in Washington, D.C.
Robin I. Freeman, M.S. Ed., served as an educator for 42 years. Her career included roles as high school and junior high school teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent. Her most recent position was Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services for the Oxnard School District.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Robin is a product of the Chicago Public Schools. She believes in the power of public education and her career focused on providing a quality education for all students in the districts where she served.
Robin is a servant leader and has volunteered with many community-based and national organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, International Reading Association, her church council, HOA board of directors and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University.
Recently retired, Robin looks forward to continuing to serve as a support for students, teachers and administrators.
Upon transitioning from the United States Navy active service, Joe entered the field of public education in the Monterey County area. Thereafter, he was employed by the Salinas Union High School District at Salinas High School as a teacher of History, AVID and head varsity wrestling coach.
In 2006, he started his administrative career in the Salinas Union High School District as Interim Assistant Director of Mission Trails Regional Occupation Program (ROP). From 2006-2008, he served as Assistant Principal for the Community Education Center (continuation/alternative high schools) in the Soledad Unified School District and was appointed Principal of Soledad High School and served from 2008-2010.
In 2010, he returned home to Santa Maria, CA where he was appointed principal of his alma mater, Santa Maria High School and continues to reside as principal.
Joe is a graduate from the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and has coauthored several ACSA Leadership articles titled, “Overcoming Barriers to Change” and “Leading from the Fields: Transformative Leadership from Santa Maria.” Joe has also been a presenter at the International Cultural Proficiency Institute, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Maria Bonita School District, Allen Hancock College and CABE. Recently, Joe was selected to become a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Practice. Additionally, he is a co-leader for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Culturally Proficient cohort teams. Joe Domingues holds a B.A. degree in Social Science, M.A. degree in Education from Chapman University and is currently a Doctorate of Educational Leadership candidate at the University of Phoenix. His proposed dissertation is titled: A MIXED METHOD STUDY EXPLORING ORGINIZATIONAL CULTURE AS AN INFLUENTIAL ELEMENT IN LATINO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.