Empowering Equity

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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, December 4

10:30am PST

6 Ways to Individualize Coaching Cycles
Our students require individualized approaches to learning, why wouldn’t our teachers? Come learn how the Torrance Unified School District Induction Program restructured its coaching cycles to offer individualized support for the unique needs of their teachers. Participants will explore six different coaching cycles designed to offer a menu of choices that addresses individualized support options.
During the session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss with others. They will leave with examples that can be implemented into their own programs. Come explore the possibilities!

Keynote Speakers
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Nancy Jackson

Induction Mentor, Torrance Unified
Nancy Jackson is in her 27th year in education, spending 21 years in elementary classrooms, 3 years as a literacy resource teacher, and in her 3rd year as a full-release mentor in the TUSD Induction Program. Guiding teachers towards using best teaching practices, supporting teachers... Read More →

Lori Nagaoka

Induction Mentor, Torrance Unified School District
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Barbara Waldrop

Induction Coordinator, Torrance Unified School District
Hello! I am the Teacher Induction Coordinator for the Torrance Unified School District. I have been with the district for over 15 years and was a former middle school math and science teacher before I started working as a mentor for Induction. I truly enjoy supporting new teachers... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Valencia II

10:30am PST

10:30am PST

Analyzing Credentials: Out of State, Out of Country, & Level I Renewal Requirements and Applying for Extensions
Due to the shortage of teachers in California, there has been an increase in out of state recruitment. California credentialing requirements are more stringent than other states. Therefore, teachers prepared outside of California may have additional renewal requirements on the California issued preliminary credential. There are also an increasing number of teachers who need an extension to complete renewal requirements, including Induction. LACOE’s Induction program serves over 500 teachers yearly and at least 15% are teachers prepared out of state or country, hold a Level I, or need an extension.

As Education Code changes often, it is critical for program leaders and credential analysts to stay current. Come and learn the nuances of credential renewal requirements to help guide teachers through (1) additional requirements listed on the California issued preliminary credential for teachers who earned the preliminary credential outside of California, or hold a Level I Education Specialist credential, and (2) the extension appeal process. The presentation, consisting of slides and discussion, will cover a breakdown of requirements, review pathways, and provide tangible resources that can be used immediately. Exploring case studies will ensure participants leave with a clear understanding of how to advise teachers in their own Induction program.

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Koga

Coordinator II, LACOE

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Esmeralda 7

10:30am PST

CalSTRS- My Retirement Benefits/Onboarding New CalSTRS Members
In this workshop, you’ll learn: how we calculate your CalSTRS monthly retirement benefit; about the gap between your CalSTRS monthly retirement income goal and ways you can bridge it; about CalSTRS Pension2 403(b) and 457(b) plans; steps to take now to increase your retirement benefit and when you'll be eligible to retire. Bring your CalSTRS Annual Progress Report to review your personal information as we discuss the various benefits available to you in this PowerPoint presentation. After learning about your own benefits we will introduce you to a brand new onboarding program available for you to use in your Induction curriculum. We have created mini learning modules that will give new employees the basics of their pension to engage them early in their careers. It is never too early to plan for your financial success!

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Rodes A&B

10:30am PST

Collaboration - The Real, The Ugly, and The POSSIBLE!
It takes a village, but getting all of the villagers to work together effectively is not a simple task. This session will focus on the realities, challenges, and power of collaboration. Examples and practical strategies for building a network of support beyond the mentor will be provided. In this session, we will share and discuss how to maximize various resources to support Induction teachers in both collective and personalized ways. How can administrators, teachers, content coaches, program specialists (ELD, SpED, GATE), and community resources connect and support in meaningful ways? Come discover and share the possibilities!

Keynote Speakers

Allyson Bader

Induction Mentor, Program Specialist
Hi! I'm an Induction Mentor and Special Education Program Specialist with TUSD. This is my 3rd year as a Mentor and 4th year as Program Specialist. Three years ago we added our Special Education Dept to our Induction Program. My background is in Early Childhood Special Education... Read More →

Heather Nakasuji

GATE Coordinator & Induction Mentor, Torrance Unified School District
Hello! My name is Heather Nakasuji and I am a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Coordinator and Induction Mentor. I enjoy engaging in the journey to differentiate and extend learning in meaningful and effective ways. I have a passion for collaborative opportunities that help... Read More →

Denise Leonard

Induction Mentor, Torrance Unified
Hello! My name is Denise Leonard and I am a full-time release mentor for Torrance Unified School District. I support mostly teachers with Education Specialist credentials but, I do have a Multiple Subject credential as well so, I also support general education elementary teachers... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Valencia I

10:30am PST

Culturally Competent Leaders: Bridging the Divide (Previously scheduled at 9:15)
Your life is a “Living Letter” that others will read. What message are you sending? How are you being perceived? Why should anyone want to follow your lead? Important questions to ask and answer in building, sustaining and cultivating diverse relationships.If you are a Teacher, Administrator, Induction Leader, Mentor/Coach #Cultural #Competence is vital to your continued success. #Equity, #Access and #Inclusion are action words, thus actionable steps are a necessary reality in empowering equity. This workshop is designed for leaders who are repositioning for the next season and interested in culturally competent leadership.
Three Key take-a-ways:
Altering practices to reach different cultural groups.
Applying Cultural knowledge, sensitivity, and awareness.
Acknowledging Cultural similarities and differences.

Keynote Speakers
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Dr. Donna M. Hunter

CEO, Hunter Educational Consutling
Dr. Donna Marie Hunter retired Principal, Administrator and Counselor from the Walnut Valley Unified School District with over 20 years of excellence leadership. As a conference speaker, child advocate and school administrator, Donna’s mission is to educate, enlighten and empower... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Valencia VI

10:30am PST

Teacher Induction Best Practices
Keynote Speakers

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Esmeralda 6

10:30am PST

The Mentor's Experience in Teacher Induction Today
The Mentor’s Experience In Teacher Induction Today

This interactive workshop seeks to describe the tools Newark Teacher Induction developed to address the aspects of Program Standards 3, 4, 6 that involve mentor support, assessment, and on-going professional learning. It will tell a story of the mentor’s experience through induction.

How did this Induction program provide support to its mentors?
How was the quality and level of support provided to candidates assessed?
What feedback was solicited from mentors and how did the data impact program improvement?
How did program leadership provide regular feedback to mentors?

Participants will learn how these tools developed by Newark Teacher Induction provided a comprehensive system of guidance, support, and feedback to its mentors:

Mentor Descriptions of Practice
Mentor Log
Program Effectiveness Surveys
Candidate Logs

This workshop will be presented via Google slides. A link may be shared and in included with all conference materials. Participants will also access live links during the presentation to interact with the materials to facilitate group interaction/ discussion.

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
San Remo

10:30am PST

Using the Problem of Practice Inquiry Cycle to Promote Equity
The Los Angeles Administrative Services Credential (LAASC) program is a two-year clear administrative credential program. In addition to gathering evidence to demonstrate professional learning and growth around the CPSELs, each candidate engages in a two-year Problem of Practice (PoP) inquiry. Through an equity lens and coaching support, candidates conduct research focuses on instructional and/or systemic issues. Through the continuous improvement model, administrators select an issue, identify potential causes, and implement a research-based action-plan. Over 24 months they monitor, analyze results, revise the action plan, draw conclusions, and reflect on the process and the impact on their leadership development. We have approximately 186 leaders that have engaged in PoP this inquiry cycle and have presented their findings in a culminating leadership conference.

Common themes explored through the inquiry cycle include equity and access, reclassification, chronic absenteeism, intervention, least restrictive environments, and positive behavior support. Learn how this work started small, scaled up, frequently blossomed, and continues to positively impact students and our district long after our candidates have received their credential. Through coaching and the PoP inquiry process LAASC continues to transform leadership practices in LAUSD.

Keynote Speakers

Jose M. Rodriguez

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Jose M. Rodriguez, is an Administrative Coordinator, coaching and supporting, administrators, building their capacity as leaders for the responsibilities associated with high-need schools. He fully understands the deep level of responsibility that comes with administration and... Read More →
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Heather Lower Lowe

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Ana Escobedo

Administrative Coordinators, LAUSD
Ana M. Escobedo was born and raised in Los Angeles and a proud product and professional of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has served LAUSD as a professional for 25 years at the elementary school level. Ana started as a Teacher Assistant and worked her way up from there... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Valencia V