Second Annual CLEAR Mentoring Summit
The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) and California State University, Fresno invite you to attend the Second Annual CLEAR Mentoring Summit.
The conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear professionals from a multitude of disciplines share valuable information that contributes to education, community, and business mentoring.
Keynote Speaker-Carlos A. Garcia MA Ed.
With a career in education that spans over thirty-seven years, Carlos A. Garcia has built a strong track record for boosting student achievement and narrowing the achievement gap through his work as a teacher, principal, central office administrator and leader in classroom instruction.
Mr. Garcia served as a Superintendent of Schools for sixteen years in four distinctive school districts. He first served in Sanger Unified School District (CA), which was a rural district with one high school. He then served as Superintendent in three major urban school districts; Fresno Unified School District, CA (with one of the highest poverty rates in the country), Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada (which at the time was the fifth largest and fastest growing school district in the nation and where he averaged opening a new school every month), and San Francisco Unified School District where he ended his professional educational career in July off 2012.
His experience in running such diverse and complex systems makes him uniquely qualified as a transformational national leader in not only closing the achievement gap, but also as a torchbearer for equity and social justice for all students and their communities. Mr. Garcia views the Achievement Gap as America’s Apartheid and a total violation of children’s civil rights.
Mr. Garcia is a proud K-12 graduate of the Los Angeles Unified School District and received his B.A. from Claremont Men’s College with a major in political science in 1974 and a M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate School in 1976. In 1979 he completed requirements for his administrative credentials at California State University at Fullerton and in 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Claremont Graduate University for his lifelong contribution to education. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2005 Nevada Superintendent of the Year Award and the 2010 Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Garcia is proud to be a founding member of CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators) and ALAS (Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents). He is truly a student advocate and a highly sought after motivational speaker.
Mr. Garcia and his wife, Gail have two children and have been married for 34 years.