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In Episode 8, we were able to record live at the 2024 El Dorado Charter SELPA Inspiration to Action Symposium. Our theme was The Power of Hope, and I got to sit down with keynote speaker and disability rights advocate Jennifer Wolfsheimer, as well as our morning speaker, best-selling author and professor Dr. Emad Rahim. Hundreds of educators from across the state were in attendance on location in San Diego, and the SELPA was able to recognize and celebrate several amazing schools, and educators for their innovation and dedication to creating hope and bright futures for their students.
Dr. Emad Rahim, PMP, OMCP, A-CSM, CMgr – FCMI
Lifecycle Capacity Consultant – Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute
Featured: Huffington Post and Post Standard
Jennifer Wolfsheimer, MS, JD
Senior Program Associate (WestEd)
Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-wolfsheimer-9a52a87
Moises and Jeremiah sit down with Diana Pastora Carson, the keynote speaker for the upcoming El Dorado Charter SELPA “A Time to Thrive” Symposium in Sacramento on Friday, January 27th, 2023. Diana speaks on the topic of inclusion and provides practical tips on how listeners can serve as allies for individuals with disabilities in their fight for equal rights and access. Diana also shares important inclusion resources and provides tips on how listeners can shift from inspiration to action for individuals with disabilities in their fight for equal rights and access.
To register for the SELPA’s in-person A Time to Thrive Symposium in Sacramento on 1/27/22, visit the link below:
To learn more about Diana’s work, please visit the following links:
TED Talk Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruXB3lbiD3U
(Podcast) Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness that Matters
Author Paula Kluth (many titles)
Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Black Disabled Art History by Leroy Moore
The Pretty One by Keah Brown
Being Heumann by Judy Heumann
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (documentary film)
Phoenix Rising (documentary film series)
Think Inclusive with Tim Villegas (podcast)
Jeremiah records live at the annual Charter SELPA Leadership academy in Sacramento CA and interviews a panel of leaders from across the state on new initiatives at their schools, their improvement plans for the new school year, and key takeaways from the conference. Next, he sits down with conference presenter Jasmine Vance from System Improvement Leads, a CDE and CCEE collaborative project between EDCOE, WSGV, and RC SELPAs. Topics include the science of school improvement, and prioritizing change efforts for maximum impact.
To Learn more about our panelist schools, visit:
Urban Charter Schools Collective: http://urbancsc.org/ (Sacramento area)
Howard Gardener Community School: www.hgcschool.org (Chula Vista, San Diego)
Olive Grove Charter: https://olivegrovecharter.org/ (Central Coast, Santa Barbara or SLO County)
El Dorado County Office of Education: www.edcoe.org
West San Gabriel Valley SELPA: https://www.wsgvselpa.org/
Riverside County SELPA: https://rcselpa.org/
For more El Dorado Charter SELPA webmodules, training videos, and resources, visit our online learning center at http://charterselpa.org/online-learning-center/
In this week’s episode recorded live at the Charter SELPA “Embrace What’s Possible” Symposium in Sacramento, we interview our keynote speakers including musician and inspirational speaker Sparsh Shah, youth advocate and educator Donovan Hall, and leadership coach Mickey Porter on the topics they shared at the conference. In addition, we hear from administrators from the Charter SELPA schools at the Language Academy of Sacramento and iLead schools, on current best practices in their programs, and how they are leveraging lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to improve student outcomes in the field. Enjoy the episode!
To access Donovan Taylor Hall’s content, visit https://donovantaylorhall.com or follow on social media, @donofriend on Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok.
For more information on leadership and coaching with Mickey Porter, visit plusoneleadership.com.
To access Sparsh Shah’s music and learn more about his story, visit https://sparshshah.com.
To learn more about the Language Academy of Sacramento, visit www.LASAC.info.
For more information about iLead student services and supports, visit https://ileadstudentsupport.org/
Special Guests Vanessa Lopez from the Imperial County SELPA, as well as Christine Kane and Valentyna Banner of San Diego Global Vision Academy join Jeremiah and Moises to discuss COVID-19 related challenges, English Learners, UDL, and much more.
To access resources for ELs and students with disabilities from Imperial County SELPA and the grant-based EL resources referenced in the episode, visit https://www.icoe.org/selpa/el-swd.
For more information about San Diego Global Vision Academy, visit SDGVA.org.
San Diego Area Writing Project: Provides year-round professional learning in all content areas with a focus on writing, equity, and teachers teaching teachers.
Project GLAD: “evidence-based practices that help design classrooms and lessons where language comes alive through content.”
SDSU CGI Collaborative: “The goal for students is to develop rich informal mathematical thinking and innate problem-solving abilities. Teachers learn how mathematical thinking develops and how to guide children toward deeper, more sophisticated levels of understanding.”
Imagine Learning: “Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive learning solution that accelerates reading and language proficiency for students in grades PreK–6. Designed to supplement core literacy instruction, Imagine Language & Literacy provides instruction and practice in all four domains of literacy—reading, writing, listening, and speaking.”
Jeremiah and Moises speak with a live panel of school leaders from across the state about the significance of building a school community, educator self-care, leveraging technology, and navigating the new normal of COVID-19 related challenges and student achievement. As a bonus, you will hear personal stories recorded from attendees at the El Dorado Charter SELPA Leadership Academy, held in July 2021 in San Diego, California. Enjoy the show!
Guests Joyce Montgomery from the California Transition Alliance and Rachel De Bruin, Transition Coordinator for Connecting Waters Charter share resources, personal stories, and best practices in the area of transition. Guests provide context regarding the challenges and opportunities for graduating students stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as valuable information about building and sustaining a strong high school transition program.
To access Rachel De Bruin’s curated transition resource padlets, or sign up for upcoming workshops visit:
Padlet code: workshop
Visit the California Transition Alliance website at http://www.catransitionalliance.org to access transition tools and resources for teachers, parents and educators.
California Career zone https://www.cacareerzone.org/
California career center https://www.calcareercenter.org/
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: https://transitionta.org/
Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center: http://www.wintac.org/topic-areas/pre-employment-transition-services
Disability Benefits 101: https://ca.db101.org/ca/situations/youthanddisability/planning/program.htm
JAN: Job Accommodation Network: https://askjan.org/