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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

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.

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The CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program is in its sixth cohort!

The CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program is in its sixth cohort!

What is the CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program?
The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) Leadership Mentoring Program provides participants with an opportunity to participate in a formal and structured mentoring program. Mentors and protégés work together to develop goals and objectives that guide each towards a more meaningful leadership experience whereby participants combine professional learning and mentoring to succeed as a leader. The CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program develops a “mentoring culture” whereby mentors and protégés, together with other like-minded leaders, seize upon the opportunity to implement and participate in “Praxis” or “Intentional Activism,” meant to change the manner in which “things have always been done.”

Our Mentors 
* Inspires trust
* Maintains their commitment to the protégé and to the program
* Provides guidance without dictating actions
* Offers both constructive criticism and praise
* Is a good role model in both actions and manner of communication

Our Protégés
* Inspires to gain additional leadership experience
* Is committed to both the mentoring relationship and to the program
* Has the courage to try new things
* Accepts responsibility
* Learns from their mistakes

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Announcing our Sixth Annual Mentoring Summit…


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

The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) is pleased to announce our Sixth Annual Leadership Mentoring Summit taking place on October 27, 2017 on the campus of Fresno State. We will be sharing expert information on how to inspire, mentor, and network as education, business and community leaders focus on developing the next generation of leaders through mentoring. This Summit will once again feature an outstanding keynote speaker and informative breakout sessions.

The CLEAR Sixth Annual Mentoring Summit is the only Mentoring Summit in the Central Valley of the State of California addressing both youth and adult mentoring. Our experience in offering this Summit indicates that anyone interested in learning more about mentoring at both the Youth and Adult mentoring levels should consider attending. Previous Mentoring Summits included attendee’s from the business, community, P-12 and Higher Education sectors. Our focus this year is on “Leadership Mentoring.”

Learn more.