2012 Summit Workshops

Workshop Speaker Biographies


Building Early Success with Ready Students and Ready Schools

Presenters: Lori Burns and Kathleen Lincoln
Education systems work more effectively when there is a shared vision for successful outcomes, when grade-level expectations are well understood and when players work together. In this session, learn how to help children get off to a good start by developing school-readiness skills, and discuss the steps that educators can take to be most effective when children first begin school.

Ready Students Ready Schools
Thinking Like a Ready School
Ready School Self-Assessment

School Safety and Violence Prevention: Research, Practice and Policy Trends/Gaps

Presenter: Dr. Roxana Marachi
This session will provide a summary of key trends in school-violence-prevention research and will offer evidence-based strategies for improving school climate, safety and student-engagement.

School Safety and Violence Prevention

Health Disparities and Children in Immigrant Families

Presenter: Dr. Fernando Mendoza
In Santa Clara County, the number of children in immigrant families has risen significantly. This session will discuss the current and future demographics of this population and the implications for the health care system and schools. Current national policies will be discussed as well as opportunities for local solutions.

Health Disparities and Children in Immigrant Families

Moving from Data to Action: Linking Your Organization's Goals to Community Change

Presenter: Susan Brutschy
How does the work you do in your program contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Children’s Agenda? Funders love Results Based Accountability (rba) because it demonstrates the community-wide results that can be achieved when several entities come together to focus and coordinate their work. Additionally, rba helps organizations understand their individual contribution to improving outcomes for children at the community level.

Moving from Data to Action: Intro Document
Moving from Data to Action: PowerPoint
Moving from Data to Action: Worksheet

Impact of the Growth Mindset

Presenters: Anne Ehresman and Dr. Bonnie Scott
When youth have a “growth mindset” – the belief that their abilities and talent can be developed and that learning is a continual process – they are more likely to be successful in learning. Learn more about the growth mindset and how you can support its development with children and teens.

Step It Up 2 Thrive: Impact of the Growth Mindset (web link)

A Place for Parents, Too

Presenter: Veronica Goei
This session will focus on developing a welcoming and inviting environment for parents so that they can be engaged in their children’s learning experiences. Included will be a review of critical elements for a successful parent engagement approach and a close look at a parent engagement model that has been successfully implemented in Santa Clara County.

Is This Place Made for Parents Too

The Legislative and Policy Landscape for Education 2012

Presenter: Brett Barley
The policy and legislative landscape for education has been shifting for the past several years at the local, state and federal levels. In this session you will learn about ongoing and emerging legislative and policy issues that will significantly influence education outcomes now and in the future.

The Legislative and Policy Landscape for Education 2012
Governor’s Budget for 2012-13

Chronic Absence in Elementary Grades: Why It Matters, How to Measure it, and What to do About it

Presenters: Kristi Kelley and Hedy Chang
Although students must be present and engaged to learn, thousands of this country’s youngest students are academically at-risk because of extended absences. The good news is that chronic early-absence can be significantly reduced when schools, communities and families join together to monitor and promote attendance, as well as to identify and address the factors that prevent young students from attending school every day. This workshop will present local findings related to chronic absence, describe new tools for understanding and monitoring school and district attendance and introduce strategies that have been used to successfully address attendance issues.

Attendance in Early Elementary Grades - Mini Report
Associations with Student Characteristics, School
Readiness, and Third Grade Outcomes

Chronic Absence in Early Elementary Grades: (PowerPoint)
Why It Matters, How to Measure It, and What to Do About It