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June 19 - 20, 2013 • ACSA Region 6 Leadership Summit

Dr. Pamela Comfort

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Two-day Summit and Awards Dinner $240.00 $0.00
Wednesday Summit (a la carte) $90.00 $0.00
Thursday Summit (a la carte) $90.00 $0.00
Awards Dinner (a la carte) $60.00 $0.00

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Thriving on the Vine: Hope and Action for Today and Tomorrow

Featured Speakers

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D.Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED). In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 21 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools (see www.rosesinconcrete.org). He currently teaches English Literature at Fremont High School in East Oakland where he directs the East Oakland Step to College Program.

Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students.

Dr. Duncan-Andrade’s research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies.

He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings that have been published in leading journals such as Harvard Educational Review and Qualitative Studies in Education. He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators with Routledge Press.

Eileen McDarghEileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces.

Novartis’s Dr. Rob Kowalski, Senior VP and Global Head of Drug Regulatory Affairs and U.S. Head of Development, says, “The weeks Eileen spent working with [my senior leadership team] were a magical time in all our careers. Through our work with her, we became stronger leaders, and banded together to become a high-performing transformative team.”

Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its “2012-leadership500” list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency. She has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities, and women’s leadership.

As an author, Eileen has written five books, including The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk forSurviving in An Upside Down World and Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live! In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth’s for Life’s Complexities, a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go… Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line. Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues. Before starting her own consultancy, Eileen was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected “Educator of the Year.”

Tiphani PalmerTiphani Palmer is an executive coach and facilitator with 10 years’ experience teaching and working with Conscious Embodiment, a model for Embodied Leadership. Tiphani received her Black Belt in Aikido, a non-violent Japanese martial art, and brings 15 years of experience owning and running a successful design business, Tiphani Palmer Design. Some of the companies and venues she has worked with include Oracle, Genentech, NVW Coaching programs, Central California Women Facility, Audience, UCSF chaplain services and Capital Health in Canada.

Leadership Embodiment develops a more authentic leadership presence that unifies mind, body, emotions and intuition as a way of meeting leadership challenges in today’s changing world. The work offers tools and practices to stay more centered and connected to vision and what is important in the face of conflict, disagreement and adversity.

We all want to feel that we have made a genuine contribution in life. This approach helps us create a stable reference point that allows us to reconnect with the part of ourselves that is wise, kind and capable of powerful, embodied action. Training these principles strengthens our sense of self and deepens our capacity for relationship and leadership.

Tiphani lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.

Elle allison-NapolitanoDr. Elle Allison-Napolitano, Founder of Wisdom Out specializes in leadership development and organizational learning. Dr. Allison- Napolitano works with leaders, aspiring leaders, senior leadership teams, and leadership coaches, in education, health care and business, to teach them the strategies, practices and tools they need to increase their organization’s capacity for sustainable change. Elle’s presentation is based on her forthcoming book from Corwin Press (2013), Bounce Forward: The extraordinary resiliency of leadership. During the session, participants will explore:

  • How leadership resilience is different from ordinary resilience.
  • How relationships, resonance, and renewal enable resilience.
  • The actions that empower leaders in the aftermath of disruptive change and that demonstrate resilience to others.
  • Why resilient leaders introduce disruptive innovation in order to reduce the fragility of their organizations.

Elle has been a teacher, principal, supervisor of school improvement, assistant superintendent, educational consultant and leadership coach. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, from the University of New Mexico. She is a graduate of the National Staff Development’s Council’s Academy and is a member of the National Speaker’s Association. She is author of several books and articles on leadership and leadership coaching.


Alan November

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Massachusetts, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Rich FernandezRich Fernandez, Ph.D., is the Senior People Development Lead at Google as a people development leader focusing on the content, tools and programs that support the learning, leadership development and overall well-being of Google employees. Rich previously led the executive development function at Google.

Before joining Google, Rich took the scenic route in his career. Rich was the head of learning and organization development at eBay, where he worked with executive staff on learning, leadership development and team and organizational effectiveness. Prior to that Rich served as a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America, and he also worked for a number of years as the head of talent advancement programs at JP Morgan Chase. Rich was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City, where he taught courses on organizational effectiveness and career development.

Early in his career Rich worked as a counselor in colleges, hospitals and community clinics. Currently Rich also serves as a strategic advisor to Wisdom 2.0 and as an advisory board member for mindful.org. Rich earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Psychology both from Columbia University. Rich received his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego, where he majored in surfing and minored in sun tanning.

Rachel’s Challenge: Start a Chain Reaction

Rachel's ChallengeRachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Since inception, over 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world, at least eight school shootings have been prevented, and over 500 suicides have been averted.

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. This presentation renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and communities. The story of Rachel Scott will be one that attendees will never forget.



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For more information contact:
Janet Haun email or (925) 942-3368
Pam Comfort email or (925) 942-3358

Have questions about June 19 - 20, 2013 • ACSA Region 6 Leadership Summit? Contact Dr. Pamela Comfort


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June 19 - 20, 2013 • ACSA Region 6 Leadership Summit
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