RCOE Highlights

August 26, 2014

“Excellence Through Equity” Conference to Focus on Closing Achievement Gap in Education

Excellence Through Equity ConferencveRIVERSIDE – Closing the achievement gap, promoting high expectations, and providing multiple opportunities for students of color are the primary topics of the “Excellence Through Equity” Conference hosted by the Leadership Institute of Riverside County on September 25, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center.

The purpose of the conference is to provide educators with the strategies needed to create equitable school environments for students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. These strategies will be aligned with priorities identified as requirements of school districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP).

“A focus on educational equity is essential if schools are to be successful in preparing students to master the new state standards and, ultimately, be successful in college and the workforce,” said Cynthia Glover Woods, Senior Leadership Associate at the Leadership Institute of Riverside County.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and the Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (ISEEED). Dr. Duncan-Andrade is well-known for his study of urban schools through the Roses in Concrete Project. He has remained a practitioner in the field by continuing a high school teaching assignment in East Oakland for more than 20 years. He lectures around the world about the elements of effective teaching in urban settings and has authored multiple books and journal articles on the topic.

Other speakers scheduled to appear are as follows:

  • Dr. Ben Castleman, Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Executive Director, National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST)
  • Christopher J. Steinhauser, District Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Dr. Gabriela Mafi, District Superintendent, Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Dr. Judy D. White, District Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Dr. Sid Salazar, District Superintendent, Alvord Unified School District

The conference is aimed at attracting school, district, and county-level administrators from throughout California who are focused on the following LCAP areas: Implementation of Common Core Standards, Parent Involvement and Engagement, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, and School Climate.

“The increasing cultural diversity among students attending public schools challenges educators to provide quality and equitable education for every student.  To address this challenge effectively, district and site leaders in our district are participating in the conference,” said Dr. Sid Salazar, Superintendent of the Alvord Unified School District. “We believe this conference will help us to break through the barriers to creating equitable learning environments for all our students.”

The conference will be held at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 Fifth Street, Riverside, CA 92501) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.). Registration is $200 per person (includes breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials). For more information, visit www.rcoe.us/leadership-institute or contact Catherine Belcher at 951.826.6122.