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Session IV Speakers & Notes

Equity from the Get Go: Giving All Students a Fair Shot

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00–2:00pm

Session Notes   Slide Presentation

National Speaker: Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of 12 books and more than 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as a Trustee for the State University of New York as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera has received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, the National Association of Secondary Principals and the McSilver Institute at New York University for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Local Context Speaker: Kara Bobroff

Kara Bobroff is Navajo/Lakota and began her career as a Special Education teacher in Albuquerque, teaching students with behavioral disorders. She served as Assistant Principal of a low-income school in Albuquerque and a middle school in Marin County, CA. As Principal of Newcomb Middle School in New Mexico, Kara worked with 250 Navajo students and seven reservation communities. She facilitated more than 50 community conversations that led to the founding of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) in 2006 and NACA-Inspired School Network (NISN) in 2014. Under her leadership, NACA has been recognized as a model for effective indigenous education by the New Mexico Indian Education Sub-Committee and has been invited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to participate in national strategic reform for Indian education.
In 2012, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation, recognized NACA as one of 10 schools in the country for its ability to promote high achievement in spite of serving a large number of students living in poverty. NACA was recently highlighted by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee as one of the few middle schools in the state to show great promise. Bobroff has been recognized as one of the “Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” in the country by President Obama, awarded a national Echoing Green Fellowship and is a current Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration as a Danforth Scholar from the University of New Mexico, where she received the Zia Award for University of New Mexico alumni for distinguished service in the field of education.

Moderator: Gwen Perea Warniment

A native New Mexican with multigenerational roots, Gwen is the K-12 Program Director at the LANL Foundation. In this position she oversees the Inquiry Science Education Consortium, as well as potential education partnerships, initiatives, and advocacy. With over 18 years in education, Gwen’s career includes teaching across the elementary to postsecondary landscape, facilitating tailored, productive professional development for educators and communities of practice, and providing instructional coaching for teachers. She has a strong background in designing and running STEM education programming, importantly with an eye toward innovative evaluation and longitudinal impact. Gwen is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. She is a strong advocate for equity and social justice through public education, finding a particular nexus among language, identity and STEM education.