Education Success Project Symposium

The Education Success Project Symposium
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Loyola Marymount University

The Education Success Project Symposium at Loyola Marymount University is the first step in an ongoing Project to bring together education leaders from our state's traditional public and public charter schools. Our goal is learn more about the most effective ways to share and spread inspiring stories of success, best practices, and proven innovative strategies. This Symposium seeks to break down existing barriers, promote increased collaboration, and explore how to more effectively use social media and other resources to share the best strategies and practices to ensure all of our students are prepared to live, work, and thrive in our highly connected world.


Part 1 - Welcome & Keynote


  • Shane P. Martin, Dean, LMU School of Education
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Ilene Straus, Member, State Board of Education

Keynote: Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

Lecture Title: Quality teachers and leaders: Innovations to develop 21st century learning in schools

Education Symposium Part I_MP4 Large 360.mp4

Part 2 - First Panel

Focus Theme: Collaborative roles of teachers and leaders: How do we engage parents and community to set high expectations for student success?
Facilitator: Jane Foley, Senior V.P., Milken Family Foundation
Panel Members:

  • Angel Barrett, Former Principal at Plummer Elementary, LAUSD
  • Linda Bell, Thorpe Fundamental School, Santa Ana USD
  • Kim Chai Benaraw, Aspire Titan Academy, Aspire Public Schools
  • Robert Estrada, Jefferson Elementary, Lennox SD
  • Heather McManus, Harvard Campus, Camino Nuevo

Education Symposium Part II-Medium web movie

Part 3 - Second Panel

Focus Theme: Academic and support opportunities for secondary students: Are we really getting students ready for college and careers?
Facilitator: Tommy Chang, Instructional Superintendent, Intensive Support and Innovation Center, LAUSD
Panel Members:

  • Brian Bauer, Granada Hills Charter HS
  • Doug Dall, Clark Magnet HS, Glendale USD
  • Meg Palisoc, Synergy Kinetic 6-8 Academy
  • Sparkle Peterson, Jessie Nelson Academy, Long Beach USD
  • Michelle Tubbs, Alliance Technology and Math Science HS

Education Symposium Part III

Part 4 - Working Lunch

Introduction: Maureen Kindel, Chair, LMU SOE Board of Visitors

Message From: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Focus Theme: Education initiatives and improvement strategies

Table Talks: Aida Molina, Member, State Board of Education

Education Symposium Part IV

Part 5 - Third Panel

Focus Theme: District and system-wide strategies to focus on student achievement: Is change possible across districts and systems?

Facilitator: Don Shalvey, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Panel Members:

  • Judy Burton, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
  • Ellen Dougherty, Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Christopher Steinhauser, Long Beach USD
  • Sandy Thorstenson, Whittier Union HSD
  • James Willcox, Aspire Public Schools

Education Symposium Part V-Medium web movie

Part 6 - Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks: John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Focus Theme: Key strategies for improving student achievement in all of our schools

Education Symposium Part VI (Final)