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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.