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2020 Innovating for Equity Summit

The California Department of Education Combined State and Federal Programs Summit for parents, teachers, administrators, and superintendents.

General Information

The two-day Innovating for Equity Summit (IES) provides technical assistance and professional development about federal programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. The Summit focuses on best practices related to effective programs, student achievement, and accountability systems for all students. Superintendents, administrators, instructional leadership, teachers, and parents are invited to attend.

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Dates and Hotel

  • Date of Event: February 11–12, 2020
  • Schedule
    • Summit Onsite Check-in begins Monday, February 10, 2020, from 4–6 p.m.
    • Summit Check-in continues Tuesday, February 11, 2020, starting at 7 a.m.
    • Summit Begins Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 8 a.m.
    • Summit Ends Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Event Location:
    Disneyland Hotel
    1150 West Magic Way
    Anaheim, CA 92802

Event Registration

  • Registration External link opens in new window or tab.
  • Registration Fee: $525
  • No refunds. Please send substitution requests to Jennifer Cordova at
  • No onsite registration
  • Registration Early Onsite Check-in: Monday, February 10, 2020, from 4–6 p.m.


Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Victor Rios, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara  
    • Dr. Victor Rios grew up in a single parent household in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland, California where he was surrounded by drugs and gangs. Rios dropped out of school in eighth grade and ended up in Juvenile Hall by the age of fifteen. After becoming a victim of gun violence, he decided to resume his schooling with the help of one of his high school teachers, Flora Russ, and various other mentors. In 1995, Rios began attending California State University, East Bay, with the condition that he take part in a summer program that would teach him basic college academic skills. He graduated from East Bay in 2000 and earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005. Dr. Rios is currently employed by University of California, Santa Barbara, where he works as Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology. He is the winner of various book awards, including the 2013 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for his book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys. He is the creator of several sociological theories. Rios created Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), a human development program that works with educators to refine leadership, civic engagement, and personal and academic empowerment in young people. Due to his advocacy and research, in April 2019, the State of California passed Assembly Bill 413, changing the label of “at-risk” to “at-promise” in education code, policy, and practice.
  • Dr. Jaguanana Lathan, Executive Director, Equity Department, San Diego County Office of Education
    • Dr. Jaguanana (Jag) Lathan is the Executive Director of Equity at San Diego County Office of Education where she is developing a newly forming Equity Department. The goal of the Department is to build the organization’s capacity to lead for equity, support districts and schools to transform their systems into places of opportunity, and partner with universities and community organizations to do this very important work. Dr. Jag has previously served as an Executive Leadership Coach, elementary teacher, education specialist, GATE coordinator, and K–8 principal in the Los Angeles, Oakland, and Emery Unified School Districts in California. While all of these experiences have been amazing, building teacher leadership and leading the redesign of schools as a way to respond to the diverse needs of students and communities has been some of her most rewarding work. She has been a two-time fellow with the National Equity Project and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, California. She has one adult son and supportive friends and family.
  • Carla Tantillo Philibert, Founder of Mindful Practices, Social Emotional Learning Expert and Author
    • Carla Tantillo Philibert founded the Mindful Practices team in 2006. The organization has offered innovative social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, and yoga programs to over 200 schools across the country. A certified yoga teacher with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, Carla was a founding teacher and curriculum director of a high-poverty high school in Chicago. She has taught at both the secondary and elementary levels, is the co-creator of Hip-HopYogaTM, and is a highly qualified professional development provider. Carla is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom: Using Yoga, Relaxation and Breathing Strategies to Help Students Learn to Keep Their Cool (2012), Everyday SEL in Early Elementary School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2017), Everyday SEL in Elementary School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2016), Everyday SEL in Middle School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2016), and Everyday SEL in High School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2017).
  • Michael Matsuda, Superintendent, Anaheim Union High School District
    • Michael Matsuda is a nationally recognized 21st century educational leader known for innovation and compassion. Under his leadership, the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) has built a new educational model incorporating reverse engineered career pathways in partnership with higher education, private, and non-profit sectors, which have extended and transformed educational opportunities for all students. Since 2014, Superintendent Matsuda has earned several accolades, including one of twelve national Leaders to Learn From Awards from Education Week Magazine, the Visionary Education Leadership Award from California State University, Fullerton, the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Administrator of the Year Award, and an honorary Doctor of the University from Chapman University.

Workshop Topics

  • Federal Program Technical Assistance
  • Safe and Healthy School Environments
  • Rigorous and Relevant Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Teacher Development
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • How to Close the Achievement Gap
  • Multilingual Education Programs
  • Effective Strategies for English Learners
  • Improving Literacy
  • Special Education

Featured Workshops

Title: Paving the Way for English Learners With the California English Learner Roadmap
Description: This interactive presentation provides participants with an overview of the California EL Roadmap Policy and associated guidance. This guidance will help leadership to use the EL Roadmap to inform local policies, programs, and practices to improve outcomes for EL students. Participants will explore the real-world examples of EL Roadmap implementation and will have the opportunity to identify goals and steps for local level implementation.
Presenter: Michael Matsuda, Superintendent, Anaheim Union High School District

Title: Using Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Improve School Climate
Description: Participants will learn how to incorporate a web-based tool that uses live feedback from students to analyze student emotional responses. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) plays an integral part in improving school climate and culture. Research has shown that, in addition to increasing student achievement and reducing chronic absenteeism, SEL also promotes behaviors such as kindness, empathy, sharing, and compassion.
Presenter: Carla Tantillo Philibert, Founder of Class Catalyst/Mindful Practices

Title: College-Ready English Learner Students: New High School English Curriculum with Integrated and Designated English Language Development
Description: In this interactive session, we describe and share resources from the new Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum with Integrated and Designated ELD (ERWC-ELD 3.0), intended for grades nine through twelve. This curriculum was developed through a U.S. Department of Education research grant and designed to be culturally relevant to facilitate the improvement of academic outcomes for high school EL students at the Expanding and Bridging levels of English language proficiency.
Presenter: Dr. Pamela Spycher, Senior Research Associate, WestEd

Title: Using Continuous Improvement Tools to Operationalize Equity
Description: Equity audits have been an integral data source and tool for schools and districts in San Diego and Kern County to make systems changes. Learn how the California Equity Performance and Improvement Program (CEPIP) has utilized this tool to lead the work of equity.
Presenters: Dr. Fabiola Bagula, Executive Leadership Coach, San Diego County Office of Education; Heather Richter, Administrator of Continuous Improvement Support, Kern County Superintendent of Schools; Jessica Goode, Executive Leadership Coach, San Diego County Office of Education; Lilly Rosenberger, Management Analyst, The Learning Network, Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Title: Unlocking African-American Heritage to Improve Student Outcomes and School Climate
Description: Attendees learn how California’s African-American students’ local, personal, and educational challenges drive attendance. Presenters discuss the prescriptive use of curriculum to foster the sense of belonging among students facing excessive rates of discipline, special education misclassification, and less rigorous classes.
Presenters: John William Templeton, Curator, California African-American Freedom Trail; Tyree Boyd-Pitts, History Curator, California African-American Museum; Noemesha Williams, Ranger, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Title: Efforts to Address Equity in Education for Immigrant Youth
Description: The California Department of Social Services facilitates a conversation to provide a better understanding of the intersections between family outreach initiatives, English learners, and immigrant integration. The panel will also discuss the importance of partnerships among trusted community organizations in reaching and serving the immigrant population while scaffolding integration of this population into local communities.
Presenter: Migdalia Wade, Refugee Programs Bureau, Department of Social Services

Title: Unlocking the Potential of California’s Young Dual Language Learners
Description: In 2016, First 5 California committed $20 million to evaluate instructional practices, professional development for staff, family engagement strategies that promote dual language competency in young Dual Language Learners, and the feasibility and effectiveness of scaling existing strategies in diverse early learning settings. Come learn about the 16 counties participating in the study, findings to date, and plans for dissemination of results.
Presenter: Debra Silverman, Education Administrator, First 5 California

Title:2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools: Multilingual Programs
Description: This panel style session presents the strategies used by the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Multilingual Schools. Yu Ming Charter School and Monterey Hills Elementary School share how they designed, developed, and achieved success in their multilingual programs.
Presenters: Celia Pascual, Principal, Yu Ming Charter School; Dr. Laurie Narro, Principal, Monterey Hills Elementary School

Title: Using Advancement via Individual Determination Schoolwide to Ensure Student Equity: The Fontana High School Story
Description: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Schoolwide supports the transformation of school culture, instructional practices, leadership, and systems to extend the educational experience AVID students typically receive to all students on campus. Come learn how Fontana High School became an exemplar of this transformation, resulting in a 96.5 percent graduation rate and a blue performance level for the College and Career Indicator.
Presenters: Gail Shenkman, Associate Senior Director, California and Hawaii Region; Joseph Malatesta, Assistant Principal, Fontana High School; Jo Sisk, AVID Coordinator, Fontana High School


Please complete the IES Evaluation by February 21, 2020 to help inform future IES conference planning and development.

Contact IES

  • For questions regarding the Summit or Program, please contact Deborah Avalos, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office by email at
  • For questions regarding registration, please contact Jennifer Cordova, Associate Governmental Programs Analyst, English Learner Support Division by email at
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Last Reviewed: Monday, February 10, 2020
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