How might we explore LCAP school climate metrics with more intention? How can we integrate local context? Local context and education partners can help shine a light on strengths and opportunities for growth in your school or district. In this session, we will investigate how to explore your school climate data included in LCAPs and identify ways to dig deeper to understand your data. Anaheim Union High School district will share their journey in engaging educational partners in this process.
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Ashley N. Brown, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Ashley Brown, MEd, serves as an Education Programs Consultant in the Student Achievement and Support Division at the California Department of Education. In this role, Brown works with Local Educational Agencies (LEA) supporting technical assistance for Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) and supporting County Offices of Education in the differentiated assistance process. She has more than 18 years of experience in education. Brown has served as a teacher in the Peace Corps, a credentialed school counselor, and, most recently, as a district administrator for African American achievement in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Hilva Chan, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education. Chan has extensive experience managing programs promoting youth resiliency and wellness both at the state and local levels, and she has managed several federal grants addressing school safety, positive school climate, and student mental health. She is currently the program director for two mental health projects, Project Cal-STOP and Project Cal-Well. Chan oversees the California Center for School Climate and the statewide implementation of the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys.
Carlos Hernández, Director of Community Schools and Family and Community Engagement, Anaheim Union High School District
Carlos Hernández. In 1999, Carlos Hernández returned to the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) after graduating from University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in mathematics. From 1999 through 2005, he taught math; facilitated the Mathematical Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program; and took on leadership roles such as the Title I program specialist, at Sycamore Junior High School. He also coached baseball and football during those same years. Hernández transitioned to an administrative position in November 2005 when he was hired to be an assistant principal at Savanna High School. In May 2011, he was given the opportunity to become the principal at South Junior High School, where he served until June, 2015. He continued serving his community as the principal of Savanna High School until December 2017. He was appointed as the director of guidance and student services, and has served as the director of curriculum and instruction, and director of learning and development in the Anaheim Union High School District. Thanks in large part to the work and the advocacy that is taking place with all educational partners, the Anaheim Union High School District has made it a priority to create a full department of Community Schools and Family and Community Engagement, where he is the director.
Roxanna Hernandez, Coordinator of Learning and Development, Anaheim Union High School District
Roxanna Hernandez, EdD. Dr. Roxanna Hernandez has earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree through the Principal’s Leadership Academy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds an educational doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Roxanna Hernandez currently serves as the coordinator of learning and development in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD). She served both as an assistant principal and as a principal at Katella High School for seven years. Before she joined AUHSD, Hernandez was the senior program specialist for English language learners (ELL) with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). She began her career in education in the Compton Unified School District where she taught English language development, English language arts, and was named an EL program specialist. During her career in education, Hernandez has provided leadership to ELL programs, led processes to support district and site recognitions, such as the 2019 California Democracy School distinction, 2021 California Civic Engagement Award of Excellence, and the 2022 California Green Ribbon Award. Hernandez has also served as the principal of the AUHSD’s Summer Language Academy, which is a Golden Bell–recognized program. Her work was recognized in 2019 when she was awarded Co-Administrator of Year. In her current position, Hernandez hopes to continue to contribute to the AUHSD mission and vision to, “create a better world through Unlimited You.”
Robert Saldivar, Executive Director of Educational Services, Anaheim Union High School District
Robert Saldivar. After graduating from California State University, Fullerton, in 2001, Robert Saldivar was hired to teach health, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and PE at his alma mater, Anaheim High School. After coaching and teaching at Anaheim High School for eight years, Robert transitioned into administration in hopes of having a greater impact on a larger population of students and families that are from similar communities that he grew up in. Over the next six years, he served first as an assistant principal at Ball Junior High School and then Anaheim High School. Saldivar was given the opportunity to serve as a principal in 2014 at Orangeview Junior High School before being appointed as principal of Anaheim High School in July 2017. Robert took over his alma mater as the first alumnus to become principal of the school in its rich 120-year history. Thanks to a hardworking and dedicated staff and a culture fostered in kindness, compassion, and reflective practices, Anaheim High School over the next five years was able to increase its graduation rate by 15 percent over the next five years, increase its A-G completion rate by 38 percent, and as a result of schoolwide efforts on important matters like civic education and civic engagement, Anaheim High School was also a recipient of accolades like the Civic Learning Award for the 2021/22 school year given by the California State Department of Education. In the summer of 2022, Robert was appointed as the executive director of Educational Services for the Anaheim Union High School District. Saldivar, who started as a teacher and a coach at his alma mater with the hopes of positively impacting students from the same community that he grew up in, now looks forward to the opportunity to have a much larger impact on an entire district that serves thousands of staff, families, and students.
Melinda Wallace, Senior Program Associate, Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd
Melinda Wallace is aSenior Program Associate with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center led by WestEd serving the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. She leads work to provide support and assistance to state education agencies and other education entities to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. Prior to joining WestEd, Wallace served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a turnaround principal, and a district office administrator in California.