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.


Opening Session: 
Success is having what you want, Happiness is wanting what you have 

Junia Chou,
Doctor of Natural Medicine


9:15-10:30 AM
Room 142

Take a moment. 
Notice the warmth of your breath and the beating of your heart.
And taking your time, try reading the title again, gently.

Notice how you feel.

What feelings does it conjure?
Some people say they find themselves experiencing Gratitude.
Feeling at Peace. Content, not lacking. Happy. Safe. Ease. 
What if we could live each day stemmed from this space? 
All the chasing would cease. We would stop the "pursuit" of happiness, and perhaps just be happy.

Today we'll be exploring how to develop mind-body awareness for holistic wellness. In this interactive presentation, we'll tap into the healing wisdom of the Ancient Law of the Five Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal for emotional clarity. And tuning into our feelings, we'll create goals aligned with our core values. We'll leave equipped with at least three take-home-friendly exercises for self-care and self-development. (Side effect: enjoying and sharing the success of happiness in your personal and professional lives) 

About the Speaker: 

Junia Chou is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, and an international instructor for holistic wellness. Integrating her passions for education and medicine, she became the Director of a K-12 Mind-Body Wellness Program at a private school in the Bay Area. She has a private practice in Fremont and facilitates Anger Management, Improving Insomnia, and Medical Weight Management Classes at Kaiser. Junia incorporates holistic healing modalities in her work with different age groups to promote self-awareness, emotional wellbeing, and stress resilience. She is a big "learning is fun" believer, and finds joy in inspiring interactive and meaningful sessions. 

Contact Junia at



10:30-10:45 AM
Room 142

Planting Seeds of Greatness

Ovidilio Vasquez

10:45-12:00 PM
Room 142


Become equipped with effective approaches to help our students learn real-world skills that will immensely increase their chances to succeed in life. Learn how to support a struggling student without having to sacrifice your own time or resources to help them see opportunities for themselves regardless of their current struggles. Learn how to almost instantly earn the respect from our students (especially Migrant and E.L.) so they allow you to lead them into the right path to become successful. Come and see a real-life example of what our students can become in the future even if they are now considered “at-risk” by the system, can’t speak English yet, or live without their parents. Overall, you’ll learn to help our students thrive as you will too.

About the Speaker:

Author of several books. A farmboy from the sugarcane fields of Central America. Has worked for global corporations like Tesla, Apple, Salesforce, General Motors, and Uber. English learner and DACA recipient. Emerges today as one of the most sought-after bilingual youth motivational speakers of our time.

"From wielding a machete in the sugarcane fields at the tender age of 14 years old. I arrived in the US in 2006. In 2009, my mother had to return home to care for my dying grandmother. Left alone, with no support, I did the only thing I could do —survive..."


12:00-12:30 PM

Session 1 Workshops
12:30-1:20 PM

Rethinking Work-Based Learning

Career Ladders Project

Room L3

Rethinking work based learning explores the opportunities in building partnerships with industry. Learn how a carefully planned site field trip evolved into a integrated unit in the classroom. There is so much more than internships when designing WBL experiences that are meaningful to students.

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The Wellness Program

Island High School Wellness Ambassadors

Room 142

Students from Island High School's Wellness Program will design a THRIVE themed presentation on Wellness to present at the R4 Summer Institute. Topics include: Recognizing the five signs of emotional suffering, self-care, and how to be a mental health advocate to change the culture/conversation around mental health.

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Session 2 Workshops
1:30-2:20 PM


Carolina Martinez, Founder
Edgar Rosales, Student
Mark Quizhpe, Student
Maria Pinon, Student

Undocumented Community
Resource Center, 
Berkeley City College

Room L3

The following presentation is to inform the R4 Summer Institute conference attendees about the U.C.R.Center; who we are, how we help the undocumented community, why we do what we do, and updates. We will be talking about the different ways that the U.C.R.Center is helping undocumented students, how counselors can help students, and the new policies that are helping undocumented students forward their education. We will also discuss why undocumented students are such a vulnerable community.

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Cross-Institutional Counselor Connection

Career Ladders Project

Room 142

The California Counseling Collaborative has worked in partnership with ACOE to bring together R4 Counselors and community college partners to initiate and expand a network of counselors. We will share the activities and engagement of the R4 counselors throughout the past school year and suggest additional opportunities in the future.

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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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Afternoon Presentations

R4 in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Intermediary

2:30-2:45 PM
Room 142

The members of the Contra Costa Intermediary will share the great and collaborative work happening among the R4 partners in Contra Costa County.

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LaShonda Taylor, R4 Director,
Alameda County Office of Education

Room 142

This workshop will address gender and culturally based implicit biases that occur in the classroom and provide participants with an awareness of the power of micromessages, which include looks, gestures, tone of voice, or the framing of feedback that subtly yet powerfully shape our culture, our classrooms, and the individuals within them. 

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Feedback and Closing Session

3:45-4:00 PM
Room 142