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2015 Educator of Excellence
Award Recipients
6th Annual
Professional Development Summit
January 30, 2015
ConneXion@Jack London Park
Lifting as We Climb:
Honoring Our Past
Embracing the Present
Cultivating the Future
Summit Agenda
6:00pm Registration & Networking
6:30pm Educator of Excellence Awards
7:30pm A Conversation with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi,
Dr. Geneva Gay, and Dr. Joe Johnson
8:30pm Networking
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University of California
Office of the President
Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
Professor of Physics and Sciences,
Florida Institute of Technology
Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi is an astrophysicist, educator, and
inventor. He received his doctorate in Physics from
Stanford University. His post-doctoral work was performed at
Applied Materials, Inc. and Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. Dr. Oluseyi is a professor of Physics and Space
Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. He has begun
working with the 100 Year Starship Project to help lay the
groundwork in preparation for the first human mission to a nearby
star system. Communicating the scientific process and the results
of modern science to students and the public in the U.S. and
around the world is his passion. He appears regularly in eight
television series and has offered scientific expertise on news
programs on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings
Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Endowed
Professors in Urban Education and is Faculty Affiliate in the
Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro
American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices
of teachers who are successful with African American students.
She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to
education. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed
books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African
American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New
Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House:
African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor
of five other books and author of more than 100 journal articles
and book chapters.
Dr. Geneva Gay
Professor of Education, University of Washington-Seattle
Dr. Geneva Gay is Professor of Education at the University
of Washington-Seattle where she teaches multicultural
education and general curriculum theory. She is nationally
and internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural
education, particularly as it relates to curriculum design, staff
development, classroom instruction, and intersections of culture,
race, ethnicity, teaching, and learning. Dr. Gay's writings include
numerous articles and book chapters, including Culturally
Responsive Teaching: Theory, Practice, & Research (Teachers
College Press, 2000); and editor of Becoming Multicultural
Educators: Personal Journey Toward Professional Agency (JosseyBass, 2003). Culturally Responsive Teaching received the 2001
Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
Dr. Joe Johnson
Executive Director, National Center for Urban School
Transformation & Professor of Urban Education
at San Diego State University
Dr. Johnson is the Dean of the College of Education at San
Diego State University and the Executive Director of the
National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST)
and the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego
State University. At NCUST, he identifies, studies, and promotes
the best practices of high performing urban schools and districts.
He has received outstanding educator awards in both New
Mexico and Texas. He has published multiple articles, book
chapters, and reports. His latest work, co-authored with Dr.
Cynthia L. Uline and Dr. Lynne Perez, Teaching Practices from
America’s Best Urban Schools describes teaching practices in
urban schools that achieve outstanding results for diverse
populations of students.
2015 Educator of Excellence
Award Recipients continued...
Board of Directors
Bobbie Brooks
Barbara DeBarger
Robyn Fisher
Michele Molitor
Dr. Nina Moore
Rev. Dr. Elston Perry
Rev. Tommy Smith
LaShon Smith
Dr. Evelyn Wesley
Debra Watkins
Founder and Executive Director, California Alliance
of African American Educators (CAAAE)
Debra Watkins received a Master’s degree in
Education from the Stanford University's Teacher
Education Program and Life-time Teaching Credentials
in English, French and Psychology. Debra was
instrumental in securing funding to ensure the on-time
graduation of a cohort of African American students through
Project Word, a model program for districts seeking to close
the opportunity gap and reduce high school drop-out rates.
She is the founder and Executive Director of the California
Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) and one of
the founders of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black
Educators. Debra also created the Dr. Frank S. Greene
Scholars Program (GSP), a model program that assists youth
successfully complete higher education in STEM.
Executive Director
Monique August
Advisory Council
Alameda County Board of Supervisor Keith Carson
Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Assemblymember Rob Bonta
California State University, East Bay
Castro Valley Unified School District
Chabot College
Congressman Eric Swalwell
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Hayward Unified School District
Holy Names University
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Making Waves Foundation
Mills College
New Haven Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
Pleasanton Unified School District
R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc.
San Leandro Unified School District
San Lorenzo Unified School District
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Audrey Miles
Teacher, Anna Yates Elementary School, Emery
Unified School District; & Alameda County
Teacher of the Year
Audrey Miles earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts studies
from Holy Names University and after receiving her
teaching certificate in 1997, began teaching at Martin
Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Richmond, California
until moving to Anna Yates Elementary School in Emeryville,
California. As a strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry based
learning, she has always encouraged her students to be active
members in community service projects, civic engagements,
and political advocacy. As Board President on the West
Contra Costa Unified School District School Board , she kept
student learning and academic achievement as the top priority
of West Contra Costa Board's goals. She fought to keep class
sizes small and refused to agree to reduce the school year as
a means to balance the district budget.
Laura Babitt
Executive Director, Parents of Children
of African Descent (PCAD)
Laura Babitt is the Executive Director of Parents of
Children of African Descent (PCAD), a volunteer
parent organization which advocates for equity in
educational results within the Berkeley Unified School
District. She is an active member of 5 district /school site
committees. By being an active participant in her daughter’s
experience at Berkeley High School (BHS), she learned of the
great disparities in the treatment, placement, and overall
educational experience a majority of black students were
facing. Very quickly, she became a voice for equity at PTA
meetings, the Principal’s office, the District Office, the
Superintendent’s office, and School Board meetings;
advocating for systemic change to support black students and
families in education.
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University of California
Office of the President
6th Annual Professional Development Summit
January 31, 2015 9:00am-4:00pm
Oakland Marriott City Center - Junior Ballroom
1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Registration opens at 8am