October 21, 2016

LAX Hilton – Century A + B, FL 2

9-10AM PT Arrival & Networking
10:00AM PT Hard Start


Participants will





commonalities in order to build community and shared understandings




How can we have a collective impact on the students, teachers and school leaders of California?



I. Starting the Journey

Why are we here and what do we hope to accomplish?

II. Building Community

Who’s in the room?

III. Building the Case

What challenges are we facing as we support standards implementation in CA?


IV. Networking Lunch

V. Utilizing the Research

How can research on external support providers improve our partnerships with districts?

VI. Collective Impact

How will we work together to impact the California landscape?


Mike Castiglione

Mike Castiglione

Program Director of Teacher Leadership, Center of Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) at Loyola Marymount University

Mike is the Program Director of Teacher Leadership for the Center of Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) at Loyola Marymount University. They have worked with over 50 schools within 11 school districts to impact over 48,000 students. Mike focuses on building instructional coaches that build sustainable change within their organizations. CMAST has certified over 75 teacher leaders who have directly impacted over an additional 350 teachers. Mike has 6 years of experience teaching middle and high school mathematics in an urban setting. He earned his MBA from Loyola Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Kimberly Cockrell

Kimberly Cockrell

Chief Network Officer, The Achievement Network (ANet)

Ms. Cockrell is the current Chief Network Officer for the educational non-profit, The Achievement Network (ANet). ANet is a national nonprofit, we pursue our vision of educational equity in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country. Currently, ANet partners with 83 districts across the country, as well as many independent charter schools in several different capacities. Ms. Cockrell’s focus as Chief Network Officer is to assess ANet’s impact on professional learning while engaging partners in practice to impact results for all students- navigating the specific needs for partners of both traditional public and charter schools. Prior to her work at ANet, Ms. Cockrell worked as Middle School Director and the Director of Assessment and Professional Development at a Washington, D.C. charter school and was a founding teacher and principal at a charter school in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Cockrell currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shirley Diaz

Shirley Diaz

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Glenn County Office of Education

Shirley has been serving as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Glenn County Office of Education since 2007. Shirley spent many years teaching in elementary, high school and college classrooms in SoCal and in the Chicagoland area and was named Teacher of the Year in her district.

As a leader and member of multiple regional and strategic state committees, she was instrumental in the revision and update of the CCSESA California eLearning Framework, and she was appointed to Tom Torlakson’s Education Technology Task Force which contributed to the Blueprint for Great Schools.

Shirley is passionate about collaboration across county lines to build capacity and connect educators to leverage limited resources and she is committed to finding creative ways to make this all happen in rural Northern California

Chiara Garonzik

Chiara Garonzik

Chief of Staff, New Teacher Center (NTC)

Chiara Garonzik currently serves as Chief of Staff at the New Teacher Center (NTC) to support a vision of ensuring that every student has an effective teacher. Chiara’s role involves supporting NTC’s CEO and leadership team to conceptualize, draft and implement NTC’s 2020 strategic plan in addition to internal and external communications and development work. Chiara has also served as in-house counsel since 2014 and engaged in projects around organizational strategy and an effort to align teacher effectiveness efforts across a high-needs CA district. Prior to joining NTC, Chiara served on the Board of Directors for World Savvy, a global competency education nonprofit, and spent 5 years with Legal Aid’s Education Advocacy project providing pro bono support in special education for youth in foster care. Chiara practiced corporate litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell after earning her J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Davis Polk she worked closely with Sanctuary For Families as a pro bono attorney in the areas of family law and immigration. Chiara’s commitment to education and child advocacy began with teaching 1st grade in a dual-language classroom at P.S. 165 in New York City. Chiara received her B.A. from Dartmouth and an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D.

Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Dayton Gilleland, Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles County Office of Education, has an extensive educational background and experience: Special Education Teacher, High School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Administrator of Adult and Alternative Programs, High School Principal, Director of High School Education, Assistant Superintendent in Educational and Student Services and Superintendent. Dr. Gilleland served as the superintendent for five years in the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento in Yolo County before joining LACOE. His responsibilities here included the oversight of various departments, including Curriculum and Instruction, Accountability, Special Education, Head Start, Student Support Services and Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN).

Anya Hurwitz

Anya Hurwitz

Deputy Director, Sobrato Early Academic Language model (SEAL)

Anya Hurwitz is the Deputy Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language model (SEAL), a PreK-3rd grade initiative transforming classrooms and schools into language rich 21st century learning environments that nurture and support young English Learners. She entered the field as a teacher committed to serving historically marginalized communities, and in 2004 helped start a small secondary school in the Bronx. In 2006, she moved to the district level and became a Network Leader within the NYC Department of Education. Under Ms. Hurwitz’s leadership, her team piloted multiple innovative initiatives. In 2010, she moved to the Bay Area and joined Pivot Learning Partners working with district and school leaders to implement strategic reform efforts. Ms. Hurwitz joined the SEAL team in the fall of 2014. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at UC Berkeley in the Leadership for Education Equity Program.

Lynn Kim-John

Lynn Kim-John

Director of Science Programs, UCLA Center X

As the Director of Science Programs at UCLA Center X, Lynn Kim-John engages with faculty from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and professional development experts to shape professional learning that is research-based and timely. She also serves as a Site Director for the California Science Project (connected to the California Subject Matter Projects). In this capacity, she is an integral part of state-level planning and discussions around the current context and needs of science teachers in California. Most importantly, her work is shaped by the mission of Center X, which is to work in partnership with local educators, districts and schools to create rich, rigorous and socially just learning opportunities for all students. To this end, she has developed district partnerships across the Los Angeles County to support teachers as they transition into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in ways that promote equitable and quality science to all learners.

Prior to this role, Kim-John served as the Director of Professional Development for a national math & science curriculum connected to the Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. In this capacity, she managed district partnerships and professional development on the west coast. Prior to her role in professional development, Kim-John served as a secondary science teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Dianna Marsh

Dianna Marsh

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Madera County Superintendent of Schools

Dianna Marsh, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Madera County Superintendent of Schools

Dianna is currently serving her second year as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services for the Madera County Superintendent of Schools. A fourteen year employee of the county, she has also served in the capacity of Director of Regional Leadership Services and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to being employed by the county, she worked as a teacher and site administrator and special education coordinator for 17 years in a local K-8 district.

In her roles in the county office, Dianna was a 5 year member of the Regional Assessment Network (RAN) and now serves as the Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Lead to the Regional System of School and District Support (RSDSS) Directors, and the Regional CISC lead.   She has also served as a School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) lead for her office. Currently, she oversees the county’s CASC program, which allows new administrators to clear their credentials.

Dianna is committed to counties working together across county lines for the betterment of all students and staff and welcomes the opportunity to work with her regional partners on all matters.

Dianna lives in Madera with her husband Scott. They have a 25 year old son, Josh, who lives in Fresno.

Efrain Mercado Jr.

Efrain Mercado Jr.

Policy Director, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA)

Efrain Mercado Jr. is currently the Policy Director for the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). In this role he provides policy leadership to County Offices of Education and to the state around standards, assessment, and accountability. Prior to this role he held the position of Project Director for the Common Core State Standards at the National Association for State Boards of Education where he worked to help state boards of education across the nation lead and direct policy to ensure fidelity of implementation of the standards and related initiatives. Prior to his State Board work he was the Lead Strategist for the Common Core State Standards at ASCD. In this role Efrain focused on increasing awareness and support of the standards among K-12 policymakers and educators. He also engaged with states and districts to help identify, develop, and disseminate practical tools and resources for educators to use in implementing the common core state standards at the local level.

Efrain comes to CCSESA with a background in developing partnerships to promote College and Career Readiness for all students.  While with ACT, Inc. Efrain worked as a regional consultant and then as the Director of Outreach for the National Center for Educational Achievement (a department of ACT, Inc.) where he worked with state education agencies and school districts to promote and advocate for the use of best practices to achieve College and Career Readiness. He also brings extensive college preparation experience from his previous roles as a master tutor/teacher for the Princeton Review and as the president and founder of Premier Prep, a test preparation and college admission counseling company. Efrain holds a B.A. in U.S. History from the University of California at Riverside.

While in high school Efrain was a part of the federal TRIO program, Upward Bound, based at the University of California, Riverside.

A native of California, Efrain now resides in El Dorado Hills, California with his wife Melanie and their three children, Madison, Sean and Bryant.


Susan O'Hara, Ph.D.

Susan O'Hara, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd), at the University of California Davis

Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at the University of California Davis. Cofounder of the Academic Language Development Network, Susan has collaborated nationally with schools, districts and departments of education implementing practices associated with improved learning outcomes of English learners. She has authored more than fifty publications related to English learners, innovative uses of technology, and professional development for teachers. Most recently she has led a team in the development and testing of Essential Practice Frames that articulate high leverage practices to meet the learning needs of all students. She is a principal investigator on two large federal grants, one investigating best models for improving outcomes for English Learners and one focused on the development of Integrated Professional Learning Systems.

Prior to assuming her current position, Susan was an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University, as well as a professor of education at Sacramento State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mathematical physics from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California. In addition, Susan earned her doctorate in education -with an emphasis on math, science, and technology education -from UC Davis. Susan has called Dublin, Ireland, and Lesotho, in southern Africa, “home”


Dr. Arun Ramanathan

Dr. Arun Ramanathan

CEO, Pivot Learning

Dr. Arun Ramanathan has a stellar track record of leading and growing organizations, as well as extensive practical experience in a variety of public education settings. He leads Pivot Learning, the largest non-profit provider of technical assistance in the areas of leadership development, teaching and learning and education finance to school districts in California. With a staff of over 200 education experts, Pivot has worked with over 250 districts since 2011 and nearly 100 in the last year alone, including a number of districts outside California.

Prior to joining Pivot Learning, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West, the leading education policy, research and advocacy organization focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color in California. Before his time at the Education Trust-West, he was Chief Student Services Officer in the San Diego Unified School District charged with leading multiple district departments including special education, mental health, nursing and counseling with combined budgets exceeding $350 million.

He has published opinion editorials on a range of education topics in California and nationally. He has been featured on NPR, local radio and television. He has also presented and provided keynote speeches and served on expert panels at dozens of meetings in California and nationally.

Dr. Ramanathan is an immigrant to the U.S. and an English Learner. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, Elementary and Special Education from Boston College and earned a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

He is married to Indelisa Carrillo, a teacher of English Learners. They have two girls, ages 9 and 11. In his spare time, Arun enjoys gardening, running and predicting that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the next Super Bowl.

Robert Rosenfeld

Robert Rosenfeld

Senior Engagement Manager, Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd.
Robert Rosenfeld is a Senior Engagement Manager with the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd.

Rosenfeld helps build the capacity of districts, schools, and those who work with them to plan, implement, and monitor research-based, comprehensive reform efforts.

He has been working with districts in California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Massachusetts to build local accountability systems to meet the challenges of No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress.

Prior to joining WestEd, Rosenfeld managed the development of educational toys and educational software. He is a former math and science teacher and is bilingual (Spanish and English).

Kelly Stuart, EdD

Kelly Stuart, EdD

Vice President, Dissemination and Implementation, Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Kelly Stuart leads the Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s dissemination and implementation efforts. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a Senior Research Associate at WestEd, leading dissemination efforts for Doing What Works (DWW) and leading the School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC), both sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. She also worked for the Success for All Foundation as the Director of Special Programs and Area Manager, overseeing program implementation in more than 120 schools in the western states. Dr. Stuart began her career as an elementary school teacher. She received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, a teaching credential, and an MA/Administrative Credential and EdD from San Francisco State University.

Our Team

Francesca Delgado

Francesca Delgado

Project Manager, California Initiatives

Francesca Delgado is the Project Manager for WestEd’s Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning, California Initiatives team. She ensures consistent alignment of the team’s projects, progress indicators, and manages external contracts.

In June 2016, Francesca joined WestEd after a yearlong Education Pioneers fellowship with the Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation, which supports the California Department of Education. She completed research on local and national trends in Common Core State Standards implementation and online instructional tools.

In 2015, Francesca received her Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. During this time she worked with the HOPE SF initiative and interned for the Obama Administration’s anti-poverty Promise Zones initiative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to graduate school, Francesca was a Probation Officer supervising high-risk, adult offenders in Seattle, WA.

Ayele Dodoo

Ayele Dodoo

Network Director, California Initiatives

Ayele Dodoo serves as the Network Director for WestEd’s Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning.

Dodoo leads the Center’s efforts to develop a network for technical assistance providers that support California State Standards implementation.

Prior to joining WestEd, Dodoo served as the Director of Secondary Education in the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD), where she set the vision and implemented systems to transition and implement Common Core State Standards in middle and high schools.

Additionally at MUSD, Dodoo was responsible for the inception, development, and scaling of the Linked Learning approach districtwide, building a college and career pipeline from the middle schools. She also wrote a successful $6 million Career Pathways Trust grant to institutionalize work-based learning within the Linked Learning Pathways.

Before joining MUSD, Dodoo worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. She provided customized instructional training to schools and districts, in addition to coordinating a principal coaching program.

Previously, Dodoo served as a UCLA Center X leadership and instructional coach in a variety of educational settings and was a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. She has taught masters level courses at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Whittier College.

Dodoo received a BA in history from Stanford University, an MA in education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and an EdD in educational leadership from UCLA.

Robert Sheffield

Robert Sheffield

Director, California Initiatives
As the Director for California Initiatives at the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, Robert Sheffield focuses on strengthening implementation of the new content standards in California.

Sheffield works closely with California teachers and teacher advocacy groups to gather feedback and insights into their implementation of the new content standards in the state. His work also involves communicating the Center’s findings to California technical assistance providers, county offices of education staff, and state policy leaders so the information can guide enhancements in support of teachers.

Previously, Sheffield served as Executive Director for District Implementation at the College Board. During his tenure, he led efforts to grow the reach and effectiveness of the SpringBoard program through school and district leader professional learning and coaching. Sheffield also led advisory councils and focus groups to ensure that teacher voice was reflected within the program’s design and delivery.

Prior to working at the College Board, Sheffield served as a district administrator, high school teacher, and athletic coach.

Sheffield received a BS in educational studies and U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and an MS in curriculum, instruction, and technology from Nova Southeastern University.

Clay Willis

Clay Willis

Communications Specialist

Clay Willis leads communications strategy and technology development for WestEd’s Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at WestEd, California Initiatives.

Willis works across the California Initiatives’ technical assistance network, school district network, and research and dissemination strands, with a focus on equipping California stakeholders with knowledge, tools and assistance to aid in strengthening implementation of the new content standards, including providing direct strategic support and advising to the Initiatives partners. Willis further contributes communication strategy and other support across all of The Center’s initiatives, including the Teacher Practice Networks.

Prior to joining WestEd, Willis served as the senior communications associate at NewSchools Venture Fund, fulfilling the breadth of communications operations, advising leadership on marcom strategy, as well as working as a core planner of its annual summit.

Before joining NewSchools, Willis worked in communications for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; as field and communications operative in Oakland, CA local politics; as a startup marcom consultant; and began his career as a print and digital journalist.

Willis received a BS in journalism and anthropology from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Willis recently completed an Education Pioneers visiting fellowship.


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