Dr. Valenzuela-Mumau is a groundbreaking educational leader with proven success in supporting the professional growth of teachers and administrators. He brings over 20 years of educational experience serving as a teacher, a site and district administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. He most recently has served as an Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at a county level. His vast expertise along with his professional experiences and successes in improving student outcomes have prepared him to assist with meeting the needs of the educational community.
Dr. Glenda Aleman began her education career 23 years ago as a bilingual elementary teacher in the LAUSD. Glenda has earned a Master’s Degree Education and a Doctorate in Urban Schooling at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies. Glenda served as an Assistant Professor at CSU, Dominguez-Hills’ School of Education where her teaching and research focused on multicultural education and teacher preparation. Glenda has also worked extensively in the charter school world as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator and consultant, and most recently she served as the Founder and Executive Director of an art-based charter elementary and middle school in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles for nine years. Having to navigate the educational system as a daughter of immigrant parents, Glenda understands how to surpass the economic and cultural barriers that affect many youth in our country; but most importantly, she understands what schools and educators need to implement to best support these students. Glenda is passionate about supporting public schools in providing rigorous, evidence-based instruction to underserved students, as well as coaching teachers to design culturally relevant curriculum.
Cassandra Bautista is an educational consultant with Coherent Educational Solutions (CES). She has served the public school system for over 28 years as a director, site administrator, classroom teacher and trustee. Prior to joining the CES team, Cassandra was employed with the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) where she was the Director of Leadership and Program Support. In this role, she directed the Clear Administrative Services Credential Program, co-directed the English Learner Network and supported several districts with LCAP development and approval.
Cassandra began her career as an elementary teacher in the Rio School District, where she also served as elementary and middle school principal. After 22 years, she joined SBCEO. Last November she was elected to the Rio School District Board of Trustees.
Bridget Braney, Ed.D. has had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with educators throughout her 35 years as a teacher and administrator and in multiple states. She is committed to programmatic improvement at all levels using purposeful data collection, curricular alignment, formative assessments, clear outcomes, and relevant, embedded professional development. As a principal, she used the PLC process with teaching teams to examine instructional strategies, data, and to develop responses accordingly. As a result, in 2010 under her leadership her school was awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2012, her school was recognized as a distinguished state school.
As an Assistant Superintendent, she was charged with overseeing curriculum and instruction for the district and developing the LCAP. Additionally, through collaborative decision-making processes and distributive leadership committees she coordinated curricular adoption cycles for Math, ELA, and NGSS, guided the implementation of Standards-Based Report Cards, established a comprehensive assessment system, and launched Professional Learning Communities and Instructional Rounds at all schools. As a county office Director of School and District Supports, her responsibilities included collaborating with local district staffs to review relevant data to create LCAPs and support their efforts along the way.
Dr. Braney earned a B.A. from Smith College where she attended on scholarship, completed her doctoral degree in 2011 from the University of Hartford in CT where she was awarded the university’s Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Additionally, in 2011, the American Education Research Association (AERA) recognized her dissertation on Teachers’ Assessment Literacy as the AZ distinguished paper and invited her to present her findings at the AERA National Conference.
Ethically, she is dedicated and committed to the success of all children at high levels. She has actively participated in reform initiatives at district and state levels- Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Professional Development Leadership Academy, Data Showcases, and Learning Forward. She embraces the lessons of professional perseverance and a powerful respect for the ability of multiple stakeholders, learning and leading together, to create a community of learners. Indeed, she believes that together we not only make a difference in the lives of children but also make a difference in the lives of educators.
Dr. Laurel Bear was an educator in the Alhambra Unified School district for over 38 years. She has served in numerous positions, as Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Director of Special Education & Student Services and prior to retiring in 2018, as the Assistant Superintendent, Student/Employee Welfare. Dr. Bear has created, implemented and operated, the Alhambra Unified School District’s, Gateway To Success Program. Gateway To Success was honored as a Nationally recognized school/community based mental health and safety program. Agreements with local colleges, universities and local agencies allowed Dr. Bear and her Gateway to Success team to serve as a training center for clinical interns and therapists, who deliver school-based mental health services. Over, 2,000 students yearly received school-based mental health services because of this innovative and comprehensive program. Dr. Bear instituted and organized the collaboration of several critical partnerships in an effort to enhance school safety as well as school-based service delivery of Social Emotional Learning, for ALL students. These collaborations included County and State organizations, local mental health agencies, police/sheriff departments, doctors, judges, prosecutors, non-profits, faith groups, hospitals and elected officials as well as many Universities. Dr. Bear’s programs have been funded through the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, The US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Bear has received numerous professional awards and recognition for her focus on school safety and mental health, including:
Dr. Bear is invited to speak around the country about school safety, student suicide prevention, social emotional learning programs, as well as mental health education. The Gateway approach has built what CALIFORNIA Schools Magazine 2017 Winter Issue recently called “an infrastructure of hope and opportunity.”
Mrs. Carmela Chacón known as Teacher Carmela is passionate about integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices into the academic curriculum as she has seen the impact of these practices in her students’ lives. For Teacher Carmela, mindfulness is a way of life.
Teacher Carmela spearheaded the Mindfulness-Based Stress education program at Lincoln School, the institution where she has worked for the past 28 years. As of 2021, few educational institutions in Costa Rica have implemented such a program in a primary-school setting. Her Project Based Learning curriculum teaches kids how to recognize and regulate their emotions, maintain a “beginner’s mind”, live in the moment, and find ways to constructively deal with conflict. The program has improved her students’ academic performance, lowered their stress levels, and improved their attention spans. Due to these results, many parents ask if their kids can be placed in the “Mindfulness teacher’s” classroom. What’s more, many of her colleagues have asked Teacher Carmela to teach them these techniques.
Going forward, Teacher Carmela seeks to become a teacher of teachers. Her next step is to develop a pilot program in Costa Rican public schools with the hopes that Mindfulness-Based strategies will become a part of the official Costa Rican curriculum.
Her experiences at Lincoln School, as well as her educational background abroad (she holds a BA in English from Grinnell College and an MS in Education from Framingham State College), provide her with the perfect balance between theory and practice to institute such a project.
Teacher Carmela has also experienced the impact of Mindfulness-Based practices in her own life. She describes herself as a better mother, a better wife, a better colleague, and a better friend.
She can’t wait to share her experiences at Coherent Educational Solutions, and she’s honored to be one of the organization’s international consultants. She’s also looking forward to conversing about Costa Rica and its beautiful landscapes, where she and her family (including her dog Kala) love to visit its numerous beaches and mountains.
Andrew Cho is a social justice educator who strives to provide more opportunities for students to succeed regardless of their ethnicity, gender, cultural beliefs, and/or socioeconomic status. He is currently serving his eighth year as an elementary school educator in an International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Huntington Park, California. For two of those years, he piloted the role of intervention at his school site to better meet the needs of the community, familiarizing himself with the vertical progression of standards between grades K-5. During those two years, he created a formal process for referring students for intervention, assessed students to gather data, and used that data to design and implement a program to better meet their needs.
Andrew is also currently serving as the PBIS Site Coach and was instrumental in helping his school site meet the state-wide PBIS recognition requirements for Silver. He is committed to being an advocate for students by creating a positive and safe learning environment where students can excel both academically, and socio-emotionally.
Janet is a passionate educator with over twenty-seven years of experience. She served as Program Administrator, Assistant Principal, and Principal in different counties throughout Southern California. Under her effective leadership, the schools she served received Title One Achieving School, Blue Ribbon School, and California Distinguished School recognitions. Janet advocates and supports teachers in the implementation of researched based teaching practices and effective instructional programs to enhance overall student learning. Her successful classroom teaching experiences expand from preschool, elementary school to college level. As an immigrant and an English language learner, Janet specializes and strives on helping English language learners achieve academic success. She promotes a collaborative learning community and works personally with students and families to accomplish their learning goals.
Currently, Janet leads a team of teachers and administrators in building a successful Dual Language Program. Her areas of knowledge include program implementation, policies and guidelines, instructional designs, teacher recruitment and training and parent and community involvement. In addition, Janet serves as an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program where she mentors new teacher candidates and coaches mentor teachers.
Dionne Clabaugh, EdD, is a Human Development specialist who designs engaging curriculum and professional learning environments for deep learning and far transfer. Dr. Dionne believes that effective mentoring happens through autonomous engaged relationships where people are invested in each other’s growth.
For 40 years she’s taught across the lifespan in education, youth music and scouting, parent education, DEI for non-profit board members, from ECE through college. After teaching ECE and Human Development in higher education for 28 years, she now consults for K-12 and college program design. She developed and directed a college faculty peer mentoring program, developed the Resiliency Bridge™, co-developed the Human Learning System™ instructional framework, and authors chapters on faculty mentoring grounded in autonomy-supportive strategies for faculty mentoring, ECE, K-12 compliance, STEM, and esports curricula.
Dr. Dionne promotes learning via high-impact, autonomy-supportive, engaging strategies. Her degrees in Music Therapy, Organization Development, EdD in Learning and Instruction (University of San Francisco), and post-doc certificate in Social Innovation (University for Peace, Costa Rica) yield an interdisciplinary approach to human development through educational resilience.
Diane Earnest has over 29 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, literacy intervention teacher, instructional coach and administrator. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She also received a Master of Art in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and an Educational Leadership Certification from New Mexico Highlands University in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
As a classroom teacher, Diane taught kindergarten through third grades. She was also a literacy intervention teacher for kindergarten through 5th grade students. As an instructional coach at an elementary school for 10 years, Diane was very active in designing and facilitating professional learning at the school and district level. She has extensive experience in developing curriculum and assessments as well as guiding teams in using data to inform instruction.
Diane was an assistant principal in an elementary school for 5 years. She effectively guided the school through the annual school improvement process, revising the Response to Intervention (RtI) process, strengthening the Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and in 2020 led the school in transitioning to virtual instruction. During the 2020-21 school year, Diane was instrumental in ensuring all Covid safe practices were implemented as well as overseeing virtual and in-person instruction.
Other positions Diane held include university supervisor for student teachers at the University of New Mexico and facilitator of professional learning workshops for the New Mexico Public Education Department. These workshops focused on implementation of College and Career Readiness Standards and early literacy instruction. Diane has also facilitated professional learning sessions on using data to inform instruction and effective literacy instruction at state, regional and national conferences.
Loan is passionate about building strong partnerships with educators specializing in student-centered approaches to learning. During her 26 years in education, Loan has extensive experience working in public schools as a classroom teacher, a principal, an instruction and leadership coach, and a consultant. Currently, as a national consultant with The Core Collaborative, she is deeply committed to enhancing student success with a focus around the formative assessment process and learning dispositions to empower students and teachers to own their learning. Loan is the co-author of The EmpowerED Learner Toolkit published by Schoolwide Publishing and a contributing author to Standards and Assessment: The Core of Quality Instruction, published by Lead + Learn Press. She also served as an Instructional and Leadership Coach with the International Center for Leadership in Education, an Author Consultant with Corwin Professional Learning, and a Senior Professional Development Associate with The Leadership and Learning Center. Loan embraces developing strong working relationships, working side-by-side with teachers and leaders to provide a rigorous education for all children by using approaches that underpin agency for all learners.
Janet is currently an Elementary School Principal, with over twenty years experience working with students in various capacities. Former elementary classroom teacher, School Counselor, District level Coordinator of Student and Employee Welfare, High School Assistant Principal, and for the past four years, Principal. Ms. Perales is passionate about working with students and ensuring not only their academic, but their Social Emotional Success.
Delicia Shattuck is an Educational Innovator with a laser like focus on lesson design and delivery. Her systematic lesson planning and delivery method has demonstrated noteworthy student achievement over the past 10 years. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in the educational field beginning as an instructional aide, a teacher, peer mentor, instructional coach, curriculum designer, administrator and educational presenter. Her passion for empowering teachers and students has led her to the want to share her success with other educators to create independent, logical learners.
From the Field:
"As Delicia’s principal for 4 years, I had the privilege of watching her students transform into responsible learners. Students consistently used a variety of strategies to increase their learning. Mrs. Shattuck provided students opportunities to increase independent logical thinking skills which in turn created proficient learners. It was a pleasure to watch her students. I visited her classroom many times just to watch her, not for evaluation purposes but to watch the interaction between the students as they used the strategies to become stellar learners. Her strategies work! I have seen the magic with my own eyes! Congratulations Delicia for sharing your incredible gift."
-Mariyon Thompson, Principal Rialto USD
Linda Vargas worked with the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California for over five years. As the Program Manager she oversaw 6 community centers across southern California including, Pasadena, Harbor City, Hollywood, Cypress Park, and Downtown Los Angeles. Community services included health, and ESL and adult literacy classes as well as employment opportunities for low income communities. She also worked at a TK-12 charter school system for over 6 yrs in various capacities, including supporting student enrollment and community engagement. In recent years she was responsible for the alignment, implementation, and analysis of the assessment program and oversight of student records. She used the student data systems to analyze and measure student performance overtime. She worked collaboratively with all stakeholders regarding the successful use of student data.
Adam Warren has over 20 years of professional educational experience. His father gave him the love for education. As a child, Adam watched his father work full-time while obtaining an advanced degree and then later became a professor. He believes that all students deserve access to a quality education. Adam has held a number of positions in education that has included Social Science Teacher, Associated Student Body Advisor, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Grant Supervisor, and Professional Development Consultant. In his latest role, he served as Principal for an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. With his team he was able to get the school’s charter renewed, IB reauthorization, have no findings for a Federal Program Monitoring Review, and minimize student learning loss due to COVID-19. He enjoys collaborating with different levels of stake-holders and makes it a point to learn something new each day.