At a pivotal time of transition and crisis for the state, PPIC -- in partnership with leading corporate and philanthropic partners -- will host a conference on California's future. This all day event includes keynote speeches and expert panels on education, climate change, the economy, and governance.
Moderator: John Fensterwald, Educated Guess
Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University Michael Hanson, Fresno Unified School District Theodore (Ted) Mitchell, California State Board of Education David Sanchez, California Teachers Association
Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the School Redesign Network and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity.
From 1994 to 2001, Darling-Hammond served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's 10 most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. She recently served as the leader of President Barack Obama's education policy transition team.
Darling-Hammond has worked with dozens of schools and districts around the nation on studying, developing and scaling up new model schools -- as well as preparation programs for teachers and leaders -- that enable much greater success for diverse students. She has also worked with civil rights and community-based organizations to leverage changes in state and local level policies and to create practices that promote greater equity in educational opportunity and access for traditionally underserved students. For this work, she has been awarded, among others, the Charles W. Eliot Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education, the Asa G. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Achievement in Racial Justice and Education Equity, the Founder' Award from the National Commission on African American Education, the Woman of Valor Award from Educational Equity Concepts, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Having written more than 300 journal articles, Darling-Hammond is author or editor of 16 books, including The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programs and Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do, co-written with John Bransford. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her doctorate in urban education (with highest distinction) from Temple University.
John Fensterwald is an editorial writer for the San Jose Mercury News who written extensively about education policy and public schools in California. He has been in and out of classrooms and school board meetings for 30-plus years as a newspaper reporter, editorial writer and parent.
Michael Hanson has been serving the Fresno Unified School District as Superintendent since 2005. He is responsible for leading California's fourth largest school district and overseeing the academic performance of more than 73,000 students at 106 schools, as well as managing a $1 billion budget. Prior to joining Fresno Unified, Hanson served as Associate Superintendent for Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento County. He is a Central Valley native who grew up in Dos Palos. He is proud to call Fresno his home, where he resides with his wife and three young children, two of whom are of school age and attend Fresno schools.
Hans Johnson is Director of Research, Thomas C. Sutton Chair in Policy Research, PPIC.
Ted Mitchell is president and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization committed to improving public education, especially for the underserved. From 2008 to 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Mitchell was president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has served on a number of policy commissions, including chairing the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy, New Leaders for New Schools, The Teaching Channel, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, and The McClatchy Company.
President David A. Sanchez brings a commitment to seeing that all of our public schools - where the 325,000 members of CTA work every day - get the resources they need to continue to provide a quality education for every student.
Sanchez has a strong record of accomplishments over his 30 years in the teaching profession. The first Latino president of CTA, Sanchez's leadership skills caught the attention of La Opinion newspaper, which named him one of 80 Latino "Leaders of the Future" in California in 2006.
He has testified in Sacramento on class size reduction and other vital legislation, and campaigned for three successful statewide school bonds passed by voters since 2002 that provided $35 billion to renovate our schools and relieve overcrowding. He helped lead the historic CTA campaign against the governor's measures in the special election of 2005, which would have destroyed teachersâ€™ due process rights and the education funding protections in Proposition 98.
Sanchez is bilingual and has been the voice of CTA radio commercials in Spanish for the past eight years. He believes that our society's diversity makes us whole. He takes the helm of California's largest teachers union at a time when nearly 48 percent of the student population is Latino, and 25 percent are English learners of many ethnicities. He believes we have to close the school resource gap if we are to close the student achievement gaps that challenge our schools of greatest need.