5821 East Rancho Drive, Fresno, CA 93727 kmagdaleno@clearvoz.com 559.346.8728



Join us virtually! Free & Open to Public!
Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PDT)
Register at tinyurl.com/CCSJEC2021

The conference will focus on our collective work to name and challenge forms of oppression by bringing together local educators and activists committed to racial justice. 
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jamila Lyiscott — a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. 
The conference will also include a panel of K-12 educators and community activists from California’s Central Coast and a curriculum fair featuring social justice lessons and resources created by Cal Poly School of Education credential and graduate students.
This event is organized and sponsored by: Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and Cal Poly School of Education.
More info: https://www.ccc-uss.org/2021-social-justice-education-conference.html
Contact: bronan@calpoly.edu

New Issue: Journal for Leadership, Equity, and Research

Announcing a special edition of the Journal for Leadership, Equity, and Research (JLER), focused on Latina/o/x PreK-12 Education. The journal seeks to serve the professional interests of individuals working in various educational disciplines, and works to foster the continuing development of educational theory while also stimulating discussion of educational concepts and aims among educators.

Reopening Schools and Investments Moving Forward: Ways In Which School Systems Need To Pay Back Their Educational Debt

Free Online Webinar

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 I 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT I Zoom

Register at https://reopeningschools.eventbrite.com

COVID era teaching and learning have been impacted in significant ways. Over the last 12 months, educators across the globe pivoted to meet the demands of teaching and learning in unprecedented times. As districts across the state prepare to return to the classroom, many educators have shifted their focus to reimagine traditional schooling. “Returning to normal” has yielded disparate outcomes for various students groups and with the investment of the Education Stabilization Fund it is time for school systems to pay back their education debt to marginalized students. 

In this session, representatives from higher education and PK-12 we will share research on unfinished learning and “missing-ness’”, examine leadership shifts needed to accelerate learning and identify strategies to advance equity, social justice and excellence for ALL. 


Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno
Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR)

Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno is the Founder/CEO of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR). CLEAR’s primary goal is the development of social justice educational leaders through mentoring using Paulo Freire’s Praxis, or “Intentional Activism.” Other goals include addressing discipline and equity issues throughout the educational system while researching the impact of positive leadership models on underrepresented groups. Dr. Magdaleno earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and also holds a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from California Lutheran University. His primary research interests are areas of equity, critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.

Dr. Nohemy Ornelas
Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services
Allan Hancock College

Dr. Nohemy Ornelas has served as the associate superintendent/vice president of student services at Allan Hancock College since 2014. Ornelas considers the opportunity to advocate for student success on a daily basis as the most rewarding experience of her professional career. Ornelas oversees various support services, programs, and departments, as well as manages state and federal grants. She believes the college opens doors for students to infinite possibilities, and sees her role as widening those doors and creating pathways to success.

Mr. Diego Ochoa
Hollister School District

Mr. Diego Ochoa serves as Superintendent of the Hollister School District. As superintendent, he enacted reform to reorganize special education and disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline. Diego established highly successful academic programs for under-served student subgroups. Prior to Hollister, Diego Ochoa served as Superintendent in Esparto School District, where he wrote and received significant increases in necessary funding and with the work of dedicated teachers and families, saw substantial gains in academic performance. Mr. Ochoa has been a teacher, principal and is a proud husband and father of 5 children.

Dr. Abram Jimenez
Vice President
Curriculum Associates

Dr. Abram Jimenez serves as Vice President at Curriculum Associates, where he works with district leadership teams across the country to advance equitable outcomes for all students. Previously, Dr. Jimenez served as the Senior Executive Director of Continuous Improvement in the New York City Department of Education. During his tenure, Abram worked on the NYCDOE’s Comprehensive School Support Plan and spearheaded the agency’s 1,800 school Comprehensive Education Plan. Dr. Jimenez served as Chief of Schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, where he provided supervision and support to the local Assistant Superintendents and schools. In Los Angeles, Dr. Jimenez worked with Mayor Villaraigosa at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a transformation organization within the Los Angeles Unified School District, supporting school improvement efforts in South Central Los Angeles, Watts, and East Los Angeles.

The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research & Thrively Announce Learning Partnership

FRESNO, Calif., March 5, 2021 – The Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR) and Thrively are excited to announce a collaborative partnership to extend the impact of CLEAR’s equity through leadership and research resources to the community of Thrively learners.

This partnership will provide CLEAR’s Social Justice and Cultural Proficiency professional development curriculum through the Thrively learning platform and resources. CLEAR expects to provide materials and activity content by the Spring of 2021.

Through this collaboration, Thrively is dedicated to supporting CLEAR’s professional and leadership development efforts by bringing impactful professional development programs to the Thrively learning platform in support of a blended learning environment. CLEAR is committed to building capacity for educational equity by supporting efforts to develop transformative leaders who know how to change Pre-K-12 learning systems…not just improve them.

“A sense of belonging and well-being are crucial for academic, personal, and social student success,” said Dr. Ken Magdaleno, Founder and CEO of CLEAR. “We are dedicated to developing strong and committed social justice leaders, creating support networks for them, and assuring an ongoing individual and organizational commitment leading to greater opportunities for all.”

“The CLEAR partnership enhances Thrively’s capabilities to develop the whole child by offering cultural proficiency and social justice learning opportunities integrated into the interdisciplinary strengths-based online platform,” said Mr. Girish Venkat, Founder and CEO of Thrively. “This will certainly help in bridging the learning gap, developing student agency, and enabling learners to acquire skills for success.”

About the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research

The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) is dedicated to eliminating educational and social disparities which impede equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students and the communities from which they arrive. This includes advocacy by its leadership which is called upon to intentionally amplify a collective voice of educational leaders and allies through a forum of professional learning, political action, and community empowerment.

About Thrively

Thrively is a strengths-based personalized learning platform that develops the whole child.  With Thrively, students get to discover their strengths and interests, build real life skills, get exposed to authentic/deeper learning experience and develop their agency and voice. Thrively gives educators a 360-degree view of the whole child and enables students to direct their own learning through the lens of their interests and strengths. Thousands of educators are using the Thrively platform to support various initiatives including Personalized Learning, SEL, Career Readiness, SPED, Passion Projects, Project Based Learning, Digital Portfolio of a Graduate and others.


Dr. Ken Magdaleno, Founder and CEO of CLEAR


Girish Venkat, Founder and CEO, Thrively

Journal of Leadership, Equity, and Research Vol. 7, No. 1, 2021

Good day Everyone,
I am pleased and honored to share that the most recent edition of the Journal of Leadership, Equity, and Research (JLER), is now available for your reading pleasure. Thanks to the efforts of Managing Editor Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman of California State University, Bakersfield, Editor-at-large Dr. Gilberto Conchas from Penn State University and Journal Technical Assistant Ms. Jenny Baquera of the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR) the Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research has been accepted as an Indexed Journal by ERIC – Education Resources Information Center. The fact that we are now indexed is considered a reflection of journal quality and as Executive Editor of JLER I am pleased to share this edition with you. 
Stay Strong in Social Justice,

Read the edition at: https://journals.sfu.ca/cvj/index.php/cvj/issue/view/17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Today it is important to remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a dream.” In this current political nightmare we who are social activists must not give up hope. We have much work to do https://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/122701268/i-have-a-dream-speech-in-its-entirety

Letter from a Birmingham Jail