Spring 2017: Professional Development Seminar Series – Teacher Candidates

Professional Development Seminar Series 

Teacher Candidates

CLEAR is offering a series of FREE professional development seminars to School of Education teacher candidates currently enrolled in a teacher credential program. The series consists of three seminars, each covering in detail the newly adopted Teaching Performance Expectations released by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

These revisions completely overhaul the standards and expectations for teacher preparation programs in California and as programs transition to these new standards by summer 2017, CLEAR’s alliance of faculty and stakeholders are committed to providing teacher practitioners with useful resources aligned to the new standards.


Seminar I
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Fresno State,
Henry Madden Library room 2206, 6pm-9pm

TPE 1: Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning
TPE 2: Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning

Teacher candidates will be required in their teacher preparation programs to attend competency seminars that demonstrate knowledge of the newly adopted teacher performance expectations and strategies for how to incorporate the new standards in their instruction. These include an understanding of mental health, socio-emotional, and health needs of students in addition to expectations related to trauma, and culturally responsive teaching pedagogies. Additionally, these changes will provide teachers with the foundation to incorporate positive interventions and supports, restorative justice, and conflict resolution practices to foster a classroom environment that is nurturing where students are treated equitably and can thrive.

Presented by:
Dr. Adriana Cervantes-González has been an educator for the past 18 years serving faculty, students, and families in K-12 and higher education settings throughout the Central Valley of California. Dr. Cervantes-González is an Adjunct Professor at CSU-Fresno for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development and serves as a liaison for the university teacher education partnership programs. Dr. Cervantes-González also serves as the CLEAR Advisory Board Chair, and is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.
Her research interests include equity, social justice, and Latina/o students’ educational pipeline schooling experiences in shaping college choice. Adriana’s passion is to continue working collaboratively with preK-20 practitioners, community stakeholders, and research scholars towards improving college access and opportunities for all students, with an intentional focus on students of color.

Dr. Jesús González Jr. serves as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for Visalia Unified School District. He also serves as a Fresno State Adjunct Professor for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development working with Graduate student teacher candidates seeking a secondary school credential. Jesús began his career as an educator nearly 20 years ago at an inner city school with Fresno Unified School District, and has since held various teaching positions in the primary, intermediate, and secondary grade levels.
His research interests include college choice of high achieving students of color attending selective universities, cultural competence, equity and leadership training for school leaders. Jesús also serves on the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.


Seminar II
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
TPE 3: Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
TPE 4: Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students

Presented by:
Dr. Linda Vang has been an English and AVID teacher at Selma High School in Selma Unified School District for over 11 years. As a veteran teacher, she has extensive experience in implementing SDAIE, SIOP, Kagan structures, and thinking maps with diverse student populations. Dr. Vang is also currently an adjunct English professor at Fresno City College and has taught literacy classes for Fresno State’s single subject credential program. In addition to being a member of California Teachers Association, Dr. Vang also serves as an advisory board member for CLEAR. As a Hmong-American woman and the daughter of Hmong refugees, Dr. Vang is passionate about teaching, education, and (multi-)cultural issues. Her dissertation, “The Impact of Culture and Acculturation on the Academic Achievement of Hmong American College Students,” was presented at the 2016 AERA Conference in Washington, D.C. She greatly values diversity and is committed to providing equity and access to students.

Jose “JoJo” Reyes is the Director of Adult Education and Alternative Programs at Central Unified School District in Fresno, CA. In this capacity, Dr. Reyes is responsible for two schools on one site supporting both K‐12 and Adult Education programs. He is currently in his 18th year of education having served many leadership roles in the K-12, Adult and college settings. These positions include Guidance Learning Counselor, Vice-Principal, Principal, Director and Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Reyes specializes in relationship building, instructional leadership, mentoring, school‐wide structural supports, dealing with difficult students, teacher support and overall capacity building. Dr. Reyes believes that the ability to provide a service which ultimately makes a change in a person’s life is very empowering. He and his wife Michele, who is also in education, have four children spread throughout elementary, middle and high school. Dr. Reyes holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication, Master of Arts in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.  Dr. Reyes also serves as a CLEAR Mentor and is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.


Seminar III
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
TPE 5: Assessing Student Learning
TPE 6: Developing as a Professional Educator

Presented by:

Dr. Adriana Cervantes-González has been an educator for the past 18 years serving faculty, students, and families in K-12 and higher education settings throughout the Central Valley of California. Dr. Cervantes-González is an Adjunct Professor at CSU-Fresno for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development and serves as a liaison for the university teacher education partnership programs. Dr. Cervantes-González also serves as the CLEAR Advisory Board Chair, and is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.
Her research interests include equity, social justice, and Latina/o students’ educational pipeline schooling experiences in shaping college choice. Adriana’s passion is to continue working collaboratively with preK-20 practitioners, community stakeholders, and research scholars towards improving college access and opportunities for all students, with an intentional focus on students of color.

Dr. Jesús González Jr. serves as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for Visalia Unified School District. He also serves as a Fresno State Adjunct Professor for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development working with Graduate student teacher candidates seeking a secondary school credential. Jesús began his career as an educator nearly 20 years ago at an inner city school with Fresno Unified School District, and has since held various teaching positions in the primary, intermediate, and secondary grade levels.
His research interests include college choice of high achieving students of color attending selective universities, cultural competence, equity and leadership training for school leaders. Jesús also serves on the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation from CLEAR after the completion of each seminar attended. Participation certificates are great to add to any professional portfolio and demonstrate your personal commitment for continued professional growth and development!

Teachers make a difference! We look forward to you joining us for this series!