School communities with a clear sense of identity and a shared vision for readiness are best positioned to support students furthest from opportunity during these uncertain times.
Join us to learn from school leaders who are in schools that know who they are (identity) and what they are trying to get done (vision for readiness) for each and every student. This panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities schools face as distance learning is integrated into the educational experience for the coming school year. Dr. Matt Coleman, Inflexion CEO, will facilitate the conversation and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via Zoom chat facilitated by Michelle Liebhardt of Inflexion. The panel of school leaders are:
Principal of Livingston High School in Merced Union High School District
Charles is starting his 6th year as a principal in the Merced Union High School District and his 15th year as an educator in the district. The 2020-21 school year will be his first as principal of Livingston High School. Before that, he was the principal of Yosemite and Independence High Schools (two alternative education schools in the district) and was recently recognized as Merced Charter Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year for 2020. As an educator, Charles has served as a site and district coach, vice principal, associate principal, and math teacher. He is also a certified trainer of The Nurtured Heart Approach. Charles earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and administration at Brandman University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish & Portuguese and Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Charles is passionate about ensuring all students are prepared for the future and has specifically focused on school culture and Career and Technical Education to ensure students have relevant and meaningful opportunities as part of their educational experience.
Dr. Constantino Aguilar
Assistant Superintendent in Merced Union High School District
Dr. Constantino Aguilar has served in education for 24 years. Within those 24 years, he has held the position of Spanish teacher, Associate Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, and currently is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Merced Union High School District. He grew up in Atwater and attended Atwater High School. Moreover, he has been recognized within the California Association of Latino Superintendents and administrators organization, with the “Honoring Our Own” award, and the Mentoring Minds California administrator of the year award. He has also been an Association of California School Administrators Region Principal of the Year, and CTE administrator of the year, and District Principal and Co-Administrator of the year. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, and a doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School Of Education. His dissertation focused on the lack of effective mentoring for public school administrators. Dr. Constantino Aguilar is a father of three (Charles 17, Twins – Emma and Tessa 14) and has been married to Julianne Aguilar, an Atwater High School Theatre teacher, for 21 years. He is a Dodgers fanatic, enjoys playing golf, and reading for pleasure.
Dr. Courtney Robinson
Principal of Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach Union High School District
Dr. Courtney Robinson is currently the principal at Ocean View High School. She started in education as a history and government teacher twenty years ago. During her career she served as a department chair, softball coach, activities director, assistant principal, and now principal. Over the last five years at Ocean View, Dr. Robinson and her team have been focusing on MTSS and how they can support the whole child. They have systems in place to help students academically, social-emotionally, and behaviorally. The school community works to create supports for all students every period of the day. Courtney is a mom to 4 children, 3 daughters and 1 son and keeps busy with sports and hanging out as a family.
Assistant Principal of Southridge High School in Beaverton School District
Sho is an assistant principal at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon. In her role, she challenges herself daily to use her core values of relationships and social justice to guide her work as she develops the school culture and systems that prepare all students for post-high school success while elevating the academic, cultural and social experience of those who have been historically marginalized. Prior to joining the administrative team at Southridge, Sho spent 13 years as the Administrator for Equity and Inclusion in the Beaverton School District and was responsible for developing policies, procedures, and systems to address the perpetual racial disparities in student experience while enhancing the culture of the district to be culturally relevant and sustaining through professional development and coaching of leaders. Her 25+ years of experience in public education both in K-12 and high education includes serving as a school and district administrator, school counselor, adjunct professor, intervention specialist, program coordinator, program director, and therapist all has focused on reimagining and revamping educational culture and systems so that all students, regardless of their life circumstances such as race, zip code, and parental educational background, have access and opportunity to high quality educational experiences. Her commitment and tireless work has awarded her with numerous awards including: Oregon Association for Latino Administrator (OALA) Ally Award, Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity Award, and Coalition of Oregon School Administrator (COSA) Presidential Award, to name a few.
Sho is a mother of a 19-year old college student (GO DUCKS!) who is studying ethnic studies and environmental studies, with the goal of being a difference-maker on the planet. Her daughter serves as a constant reminder of the “why” of the work Sho does as an educator in the public school system.