Join us for an introduction to design thinking- a prototype driven, human-centered innovation process. Participants will focus on developing empathy, imagining new solutions, and creating user-centered prototypes as they engage in a hands-on, high-energy design challenge. This approach, which has energized business innovation, is being applied to K-12 education with considerable impact. Participants will gain both an understanding of the design thinking process and the creative confidence to begin to apply the process to solve problems of practice within their local settings and build capacity for developing as a 21st century learner.
Tom Adams, Ph.D.(UCD, 1995), is the Division Director for the Curriculum, Frameworks, and Instructional Resources Division at the California Department of Education and is the Executive Director of the Instructional Quality Commission. He has 22 years of experience in education and has worked with parents, teachers, principals, school districts, and state and national leaders to support teaching and learning. At the state level Tom has led in the development of standards and curriculum in eight subjects, primarily Mathematics and English Language Arts.
Parvin Ahmadi began her current position as Superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District in July of 2010. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Fremont Unified School District.
Jonna AuCoin graduated with a BS in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in 1993. She earned her Masters’ in Administration in 2001. Jonna has taught in Boston, Palo Alto and Reno, NV. She has been an administrator for 12 years and is currently in her 8th year as the principal of the Lemelson STEM Academy. The Title 1 elementary school serves an amazing community with on average 450 students. 80 percent of the population are second language learners and 90 percent of the families live in poverty.
Arthur Beauchamp has been the Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project with UC Davis School of Education, REEd Center since January 2000. In addition to his work in science literacy and development of the Science Literacy Framework, Arthur’s areas of interest include the implementation of model-based reasoning in secondary science instruction, lesson study as a professional growth tool and the use of science notebooks in teaching and learning. Until 2005, Arthur was a high school science teacher in urban and suburban settings for over 20 years.
Dr. Joanne Bookmyer is the Director of Collaborative Projects in the School of Education CRESS Center at University of California, Davis. She joined CRESS in 2001. Her interests are in the areas the areas of teacher professional development and K-16 school reform and she has an extensive background in conducting program evaluation and educational research including evaluations of state and national grant initiatives, collaborative research and project management.
Fred Brill is the Superintendent of San Lorenzo Unified School District. Brill’s résumé includes other school administrator jobs in the East Bay, including work as an area superintendent in Oakland Unified, at one point overseeing 10 middle schools and at another, 15 elementary schools. Before that, he was an assistant principal and principal at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette for nine years and earlier taught English and history at Albany High School. He began his career working with troubled youth at the Oakland-based Seneca Center.
Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., is a Founder of Lime Design and the Director of Stanford University’s REDlab (Research in Education & Design), a partnership between Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and School of Education. Carroll is lecturer in the d.school and in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education where she co-teaches Educating Young STEM Thinkers. She has a PhD in Education: Language, Literacy & Culture from the University of California at Berkeley.
Eaton Dunkelberger is the CEO of Sierra Nevada Journeys, an outdoor science education non-profit that builds students’ critical thinking and natural resource stewardship across northern CA and NV. Prior to becoming the CEO of Sierra Nevada Journeys, Eaton led operations and then a business unit for a healthcare IT software startup incubated by McKesson Corporation (Fortune 15) which grew from 12 to >300 employees over 5 years.
Tia Dwyer, Chief of Field Operations, directly supports regional General Managers and Leaders as well as High School and Early Literacy & Math programs.She joined THINK Together in 2009 as Director of Learning Programs where she led the building of THINK Together’s nationally recognized summer learning program in Santa Ana. It wasn’t long before she was promoted to Orange County’s Regional General Manager, overseeing THINK Together’s largest region in both students served and revenue.
Michael Funk, Director of the After School Division (ASD) for the California Department of Education (CDE), was appointed in January 2012. He was charged with the development of a strategic plan building upon Expanded Learning to create programs that maximize outcomes for youth, families, school, and communities. This work led to the development of the Statement of Strategic Direction, identifying four key strategic initiatives.
Wendy Gudalewicz is Superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District. CUSD, with state and national recognition for the excellence of its schools, serves 19,100 students—representing 48 different languages
Tim Herrera, Communications Director for the Sacramento County Office of Education, has over 25 years of experience in public affairs and broadcast journalism. He was assigned the position of Multi-Media Communications Specialist by the Governor’s Office in 2004, and served as the Deputy Director of Communications for the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Herrera also served as a reporter and anchor for thirteen years for KCRA TV, Sacramento.
Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung serves as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Food & Agricultural Literacy at the UC Davis World Food Center, Associate Director of the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, and Program Coordinator of the UC Davis ADVANCE project to promote diversity among STEM faculty. As a science educator, she teaches for the UC Davis undergraduate University Honors Program (UHP) and directs the BioTech SYSTEM, a regional consortium promoting K-14 STEM education and hosting the Teen Biotech Challenge web design competition for high school students.
Harold G. Levine is Dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Davis where he also serves as a Professor of Education. Trained as an anthropologist, Levine began his career as a professor in the UCLA Department of Education, later becoming department chair and interim dean. Levine’s most current interests are in the area of education policy. As Dean, he has overseen substantial growth in personnel and programs.
Steve Martinez, Ed. D., is the Superintendent of Twin Rivers Unified School District, and has embarked on a ground-breaking effort to better connect students to a bright future. Under Dr. Martinez’s leadership, Twin Rivers has launched an initiative that puts new emphasis on looking creatively for a pathway leading all students to college and career readiness. As a result, the district now offers an impressive list of classroom enhancements with a rigorous focus on teaching and learning.
Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. She has a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California and a PhD in science and technology education from the UC Davis School of Education. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University.
Robert Pritchard is a Professor of Education at Sacramento State University and Co-Director of the Academic Language Development Network (ALDNetwork.org). He earned a Ph.D. in Reading Education and Second Language Learning from Indiana University in 1987. A classroom teacher and reading specialist for thirteen years, Dr. Pritchard is a language and literacy specialist who has worked extensively with school districts and county offices of education on a variety of professional development projects. Dr.
Amy Reede, Quality Assurance Coach of Academic Alignment for Orange County, works directly with frontline staff, site coordinators, and regional employees to ensure alignment with the Common Core State Standards is met both in mindset and in instructional practice. She joined THINK Together in 2009 as a program leader where she worked on the front lines with students; soon after she was then promoted to site coordinator where she supported and coached frontline staff members and achieved a highly aligned program with the district initiatives.
Carrie Roberts is currently the Director of the Professional Learning Support Division at the California Department of Education. She has served as an Education Programs Consultant and the Administrator of the Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office in the Professional Learning Support Division. She earned an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies and a graduate degree in Language and Literacy from California State University, Sacramento. She also holds a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, a Reading Specialist Credential, a CLAD credential and a Clear Administrative Credential.
Dana Mitroff Silvers is a digital strategy consultant and design thinking facilitator with expertise in museums, nonprofits, and educational organizations. She is the principal and founder of the consultancy Designing Insights, www.designinginsights.com, and she runs the popular blog Design Thinking for Museums, www.DesignThinkingforMuseums.net.
In her role as Director of the UC Davis History Project, Pamela Tindall coordinates professional learning for history/social science teachers with an emphasis on using history and social science to build students’ disciplinary literacy skills and on developing teacher leadership.
Marcia Trott of the California Department of Education, and formerly of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, has been directly involved with the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grants Program for over four years. The ITQ program awards over eight million dollars annually in grants to colleges and universities for teacher professional development. Most recently she has also been involved in the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Greatness by Design, the Educator Excellence Task Force report, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He supports the Understanding Language Initiative and co-directs the Academic Language Development Network, a research and professional development project focused on the education of academic English learners. He has consulted for national and international teacher development projects that promote literacy, lesson development, and formative assessment practices. He has published articles and books on literacy, cognition, discourse, and academic language.