Carnesale Commons
Palisades Room:  UCLA
Thursday, November 9

Co-sponsors: The California Endowment and Stuart Foundation


7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome Performance and Remarks

Mann UCLA Community School Drumline

Dr. Scott Waugh, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UCLA

Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Distinguished Professor, UCLA  

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.

A Student’s Perspective

Mr. Julian Lucas, University of California Alumni and Student Leader

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.

Schools that Liberate Young People

Mr. Bryonn Bain, Activist, Artist, Professor, Department of African American Studies, UCLA 

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Reimagine Education            

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools; Distinguished Professor, UCLA

9:25 – 10:30 a.m.

Reimagine Education & the Purpose of Our Public Education System

Moderator: Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools; Distinguished Professor, UCLA

The need for public schools to be responsive to the needs of the students and community they serve has never been greater. Challenged by the effects of poverty, injustice, and inadequate resources, is it realistic to expect that our schools can play a role in expanding access to opportunity and serving as the foundation of democracy? 

Ms. Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association

Dr. Sheryl Kataoka, Professor-in-Residence, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Center for Health Services and Society, UCLA 

Mr. Jose Luis Navarro, Principal, Social Justice Humanitas High School

Mr. Alberto Retana, President and CEO, Community Coalition

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

Trauma-informed Yoga 

Ms. Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Yoga Educator 

Ms. Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT Somatic Counselor, Yoga Educator, Activist 

10:45 – 11:50 a.m. 

Today’s Education Landscape and Opportunities to Reimagine Education

America’s school age population is more diverse and impoverished than ever before, and our schools are more segregated than they have been in many years. With a new administration that has expressed deep hostility toward public schools and an increasingly polarized political climate, how can we generate the will in civil society to ensure that our public schools are able to survive and respond effectively to the challenges they face?

Moderator:  Mr. Claudio Sanchez, NPR 

Mr. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami Dade County Public Schools 

Ms. Camila Chávez, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation 

Dr. Robert Ross, President, The California Endowment 

Dr. Amy Stuart Wells, Professor, Teachers College; President Elect, American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Reimagine Lunch as an Academic Subject

Ms. Alice Waters, Chef, Restaurateur, Activist, and Author; Founder, The Edible Schoolyard Project

Waters takes us on a culinary journey to not only examine the importance of nutrition in supporting learning for students and adults alike, but also to reimagine the importance of school meals as a time to build community and new knowledge about the world, using food as the entrée. 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Reimagine Learning that Can Change the World

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., Educator and Author 

Internationally recognized educator and creativity expert Robinson inspires us to imagine school systems that can move beyond a narrow focus on academic achievement to actively promote creativity and divergent thinking.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Reimagine Policy That Supports the Whole Child and Whole Community

Our nation’s education policies have frequently been the source of criticisms for failing to promote improved performance and innovation.  What types of changes in policy at the local, state, or federal level are needed to support schools in meeting the needs of the communities they serve? 

Special Presentation: Hon. Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Arkansas

Moderator: Dr. John Rogers, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies 

Dr. Eugene Garcia, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University 

Dr. David Kirp, Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy 

Dr. Sylvia Rousseau, Clinical Professor, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

3:45 – 4:50 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Reimagine Schools and School Systems

Some schools and school systems are already taking steps to address the needs of their children in a holistic manner and to ensure that they have the opportunity to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and community leaders. What can we learn from these promising models and can lessons be extended elsewhere?

Moderator:  Mr. Jonathan Raymond, President, Stuart Foundation 

Ms. Leyda Garcia, Principal, UCLA Community School 

Dr. Steven Webb, Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, Washington 

Ms. Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers 

4:50 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks 

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools; Distinguished Professor, UCLA