Mentoring Summit – Speakers Announced!

Keynote Speaker – Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D.

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts….

Morning General Session – Ramsey Jay, Jr.

Ramsey Jay, Jr. is a Wall Street trained finance executive with more than a decade of global investment management experience with an acute focus on alternative assets. Mr. Jay is also a widely recognized expert on leadership development, communication consultant, executive leadership coach, and an international motivational speaker, driven by his mission to “Empower Dreamers to Become Achievers”, the title of his recently released book…..

Afternoon General Session – RISE 2 IT PRODUCTIONS

RISE (Relentlessly Increasing Student Empowerment) 2 IT Productions
Nathan Saari, Co-Founder and Jonathan Hernandez, Co-Founder

RISE 2 IT Productions is an educational service that provides motivational speaking workshops, professional development, course curriculum, community service projects, and leadership expansion all under one company. R2IT is passionate, focused, and driven to reach our peers and our youth. They are dedicated to produce impactful events that will leave audiences of all ages motivated and inspired like never before…..

Learn more here.

Dr. Jessica Hannigan has been selected to receive ACSA’s Exemplary Woman in Education

Dr. Jessica Hannigan has been selected to receive ACSA’s Exemplary Woman in Education Award.  This inaugural award is presented to a woman who serves as a role model and demonstrates:

  • A passion for the profession.
  • A commitment to grow and develop others (seeking mentors to better herself and by becoming a mentor to others).
  • A demonstrated desire to give back through public and/or community service.
  • Advocacy for the value of school administrators and contributes to the improvements of the profession.

This award will be presented to Dr. Hannigan during the ACSA & AASA Women in School Leadership Forum held in Newport Beach September 28-30th.  Dr. Hannigan will also be keynote speaker during this event.

Learn more about the Women in School Leadership at: https://www.acsa.org/Educational-Services/Conferences/womensforum


Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan, Ed. D.

Dr. Jessica Hannigan is an integral member of the leadership of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) and an assistant professor in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno. She has extensive experience in P-12 general education and special education administration at the school and district level. She also works as an educational consultant, training approximately 300 schools across the country on implementing effective and equitable behavior systems in schools and districts through the use of the PBIS “Champion” model.

CLEAR is very proud of Jessica and pleased to call her an important member of our Social Justice leadership.

 

 

 

Reaching English Language Learners to Ensure Equitable Action Webinar

September 28, 2017

Join us for an educational webinar where we will explore the crucial issue of reaching ELL students, one of the fastest growing segments of school-age population.

In this educational webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the English Language Learner challenge
  • Analyze data related to ELL students and characteristics
  • Learn innovative district practices that can help bridge the achievement/equity gap
  • Feel empowered and informed about serving the ELLs in their districts
 

CLEAR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit

CLEAR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit 

This CLEAR workshop is designed to shine a light on the disproportionality in school discipline with students of color. The purpose of this workshop is to help educators understand the positive impact of creating effective behavior systems in schools that are equitable for ALL students. An alternative discipline overview will be provided using the book Don’t Suspend Me! as a framework for designing effective discipline using restorative, reflective, and instructional methods of supports. Participants will receive a copy of the Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit as part of the workshop.

WhenFriday, September 22, 2017,   7:30am – Noon
7:30am Registration and Breakfast
8am Workshop Begins
Noon Workshop Concludes

Where: California State University, Fresno
North Gym 118
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740

This is a cost free workshop with breakfast provided. Each attendee will receive a free book!

Don’t Suspend Me!
An Alternative Discipline Toolkit
by Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan, Ed.D. and John E. Hannigan, Ed.D.

 

 

Learn more here. 

CLEAR Members experience at the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Annual Conference 2017

 

As an extension of important work on behalf of CLEAR, we attended the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Annual Conference in Anaheim earlier this year.  With over 5,000 attendees focused on the needs of English Learners and multilingual/biliterate communities, one of the highlighted celebrations was the overwhelming support by California voters of Proposition 58 during the November 2016 elections. This support allows California public school districts and school sites more opportunities to implement multilingual/biliteracy programs. As a result, this will also provide a choice for parents and the opportunity for students to access language programs to be better prepared and be more globally competitive for the 21st Century workforce.

Having been raised as native Spanish speakers, and acquiring the English language as we began our schooling experiences, being amongst thousands of equity warriors of culture and language was a validating and enriching experience.  One of the main event keynote speakers, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, whose work focuses on culturally relevant pedagogy, talked about the complicated manner in which race and language are conflated to delegitimize students’ cultural histories and practices.  She also spoke to the new iterations of youth culture that young people are breaking to create new forms of cultural expressions. She encouraged those who teach students to work towards developing and implementing effective pedagogies that are sustainable.  Listening to the words of this highly respected and renowned scholar re-energized us.  Dr. Ladson-Billing’s message resonated and validated what our lived experiences as second language learners and children of immigrant families, we have encountered. The current educational and political climates have explicitly revealed how some, whether individually or collectively, feel about second language learners; many who come from immigrant families or are immigrants themselves. Even more so, many instances have overtly revealed the sentiments towards undocumented students and their families in our educational institutions. For many of us living in this diverse state, these are personal attacks on our families, our histories, and our communities. At the same time, these are the very conditions that create a time of great opportunity to come to the table, and to together work in a forward moving fashion towards creating a more socially just and inclusive future for the communities in which we live and serve.

For anyone who has ever known what it is like to learn a second language [when you are still learning your first], it is a very complex task; it is daunting, confusing, and time consuming for those learning and those teaching.  When students are asked to leave a language behind, they are being asked to abandon their identities. As children, this conflict can be described as one of the many experiences of trauma; although when one thinks of trauma this may not be one of the experiences that first comes to mind. Children experience trauma in many different forms, and being asked to leave behind a language, that is very much integrated within a culture, it is indeed that, traumatic.  As we continue advancing the work of CLEAR, it is critical to work collaboratively through conversations that will result in the creation of sustainable policies along with guidelines and supports that students need in order to succeed in our schools and communities. This is a task the students we serve are counting on us to engage in and implement fully. If not us, who? If not now, when? We are pleased to know that many of you have already joined CLEAR in this journey, and invite anyone contemplating… to join us in these efforts. We need each other in this important and timely work.

In solidarity,
Adriana Cervantes-González, Ed.D. and Jesús González Jr. , Ed.D.
California State University, Fresno – DPELFS Cohort 6
CLEAR Advisory Board Members

The California State Board of Education will approve guidelines and regulations concerning Proposition 58 July, 2017. More information and resources on this topic can be found at: www.gocabe.org

Call for Proposals

Sixth Annual Mentoring Summit 

Mentoring at the Intersection of Education, Business, and Community Leadership

The Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR) is currently accepting presentation proposals for the Sixth Annual Leadership Mentoring Summit to be held in Fresno, Calif. on October 27th, 2017, at California State University, Fresno.

How to Submit
All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., August 25, 2017. Presentations will be sixty minutes (60) – per session. Presentations of interest will focus on “Leadership Mentoring” from a best practices and strength-based perspective. This is an opportunity to share your expertise with other mentoring professionals actively engaged in Prek-12 and Higher Education, Business and Community-based organizations.

Learn more.