Registration & Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM
Lobby & Room 142

Please arrive between 8:30-9:00 AM to register, fill out stipend paperwork (if applicable), sign up for workshops, and enjoy breakfast.

Breakfast provided by Gilda's Catering.


Chris Boynton, Executive Director,
Pathways to College & Career
Alameda County Office of Education

9:00-9:15 AM
Room 142

Opening Speaker:
Radical Healing in Critical Times

Shawn Ginwright, PhD
Professor of Education and African American Studies

9:15-10:15 AM
Room 142


Dr. Ginwright’s bold and nuanced keynote proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by the erosion of hope resulting from structural violence in urban communities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from his book Hope and Healing in Urban Education, he emphasizes the need to place healing at the center of our educational and political strategies. In his talk he explores why we need to shift our strategies from “trauma informed care” to “healing centered engagement”. Combining storytelling and cutting edge research, Dr. Ginwright’s keynotes are insightful and leave audiences with both practical information and profound inspiration.

About the Speaker: 

Shawn Ginwright, PhD is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm that works with schools, youth serving organizations, foundations, and local governments to build and implement strategies that allow young people of color to flourish. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Dr. Ginwright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Endowment, with oversight of a $3 billion endowment to improve the health of California’s underserved communities. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning at the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tuffs University. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the State Department for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. Dr. Ginwright is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart,” “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture,” and co-editor of “Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth.” In 2010, he published “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”.

He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development. He is a highly sought speaker to national and international audiences.

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Book Signing and Break

10:15-10:30 AM
Main Lobby

If you are interesting in purchasing a book from Dr. Ginwright, he will be signing in the main lobby.  

Leading together: 
Strengthening Relational Trust in Schools

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Dr. Margaret Golden,
Schools Program Director,
Center for Courage & Renewal

10:30-12:00 PM
Room 142


We know that helping teachers to experience their school community as collaborative and supportive, and their work as joyful, are key to helping students succeed, both in learning and in life.  Research indicates that a key variable in the success of a school is the degree of relational trust evident among the adults in that school. Dimensions of relational trust—shared beliefs about respect, competence, personal regard for others, and integrity—are foundational to whether or not a school can raise the bar for all. Yet we know that relational trust and collaborative adult school community are not easily created and maintained in today’s educational climate.

Trust is built when school leaders create and sustain opportunities for ongoing, productive, and socially supportive interactions among adults in the school community. When we Lead Together we see some remarkable changes in schools and classrooms.  Leading Together: Building Relational Trust in Schools is a professional development program designed to support whole school change initiatives by strengthening shared leadership, positive relationships, and relational trust in the adult community. It prepares school leadership teams to apply principles of reflective practice as well as protocols drawing from contemplative and mindfulness practices, social-emotional learning, and the arts, to meetings and other interactions amongst adults in school in order to build relational trust through:

  • Cultivating self-awareness.
  • Building connection and community.
  • Fostering teamwork and shared leadership.
  • Strengthening capacity to listen, pay attention, and be present in teaching, leading, and relationships.
  • Holding tension and dealing with conflict constructively.
  • Reconnecting with what originally inspired us to be educators.


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About the Presenter:

Margaret Golden, Ed.D. is a Professor Emerita at Dominican University of California and a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal. She directs Courage to Teach®, a professional development program of seasonal retreats intended for educators’ reflection and renewal, and Leading Together, a professional development program for school leaders. Both programs are based on the work of esteemed author and educator, Parker J. Palmer.

Margaret’s passions include educational equity and the study of social emotional development and mindfulness in children and adults. She has co-authored and edited two books, Teach Our Children Well: Essential Strategies for Urban Classrooms (Heinemann), and Teaching and Learning from the Inside Out: Revitalizing Ourselves and Our Institutions (Jossey-Bass). 


12:00-12:30 PM

Lunch provided by Gilda's Catering.

Feel free to enjoy your lunch in the sun on our outdoor tables.  

Session 1 Workshops
12:30-1:20 PM

Evolution of Pathway Models in OUSD

Career Ladders Project

Room S3

This presentation will highlight three R4 pathways in OUSD: Bunche, Dewey and Rudsdale. All three sites are in very different phases of pathways development and have made huge strides in furthering their mission. There is a need to spread knowledge about pathway development at small alternative sites and we hope that in presenting, each site will be able to share best practices and learning as well as serve as a medium for the sites to assess their own structures and processes.

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Student Action Research: Thriving Healthy Relationships

Brenkwitz High School

Room L2

Brenkwitz students felt a need to address the unhealthy relationships that impacted their interactions in the classroom. Four groups were identified: Friendship, Romance, Parents, and Work. Students selected a group that they personally struggled in fostering. Each group created an evaluation tool and conducted their own research. The goals are to provide students and teachers strategies for healthy relationships.

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Strengthening Relational Trust in the Adult Community

Leading Together

Room L3

Leading Together, an evidenced based professional development program offered by the Center for Courage and Renewal, is designed to support whole school change initiatives by strengthening shared leadership, positive relationships, and relational trust in the adult community. After training, school leadership teams implement with on-site support by experienced facilitators.

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Session 2 Workshops
1:30-2:20 PM

Best Practices for Foster Youth-Informed Academic Success

Alan Lessik,
Executive Director,

Room S3

Learn about best practices about foster youth-informed education from the Harder + Co Community Research evaluation of the Civicorps high school diploma and job training program.

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What Does Guided Pathways Mean for Alternative Education?

Career Ladders Project

Room L2

California Community Colleges are in the midst of changes to improve college access, enrollment and success for under-served populations. The colleges are restructuring program offerings, reevaluating remediation, and rethinking how we advise college options. Learn what Guided Pathways means for our students and what high schools need to know now to prepare for the transition.


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6 Questions to Help You Write Grants From a Strengths based perspective


Room L3

Bringing critical consciousness to understand how race, power, and privilege affect your writing, and learning how to shift your grant writing from a deficit-based model to a strengths-based model. Not only will this strengthen your proposals, but it will also better reflect the impact you are making in the community.


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Session 3 Workshops
2:30-3:20 PM

Getting UP Close with Distance learning

Kiesha Taylor, 
Virtual Strategist/Consultant,
Prevail Virtual Learning Solutions

Lab 1

This mini-workshop will whiz through what is available in Canvas and incorporate hands on activities to help you leverage Canvas to blend your face to face courses!  You will also receive preferential registration for Fall distance learning training opportunities with your attendance.   

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Statewide Alternative School Accountability

Ed Trust West

Room L2

This session aims to include schools in the development of the statewide alternative education accountability system. More often than not, schools learn of state-level changes after they’re final, and without the opportunity to weigh in. This is an opportunity for schools, specifically administrators, to engage in the conversation that impacts our alternative schools statewide.

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Sustaining R(4) Future

Alignment Bay Area

Room L3

In our last year of funding, one way that our consortium will carry on the work that's been done in the past few years is through a collective impact initiative called Alignment Bay Area.  Learn about the results-based history of Alignment and how this model works, and participate in an activity that will help inform the strategic direction of the Engage A-Team- Alignment Bay Area's working team focused on Opportunity Youth in the Bay Area.   Q&A session will follow the presentation.  

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Feedback and Closing Session

3:30-4:00 PM
Room 142