Keynote Speaker: Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 18 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. He currently teaches English at Mandela High School in East Oakland. 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. His 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 (see http://cci.sfsu.edu/taxonomy/term/68) 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.
Keynote Speaker: Karen Valdes, PhD
Dr. Karen Valdes serves as the assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Menifee Union School District. Prior to her current post, she served as a curriculum coordinator and then regional director for the Riverside County Office of Education. Valdes received her bachelor’s degree and elementary credential, as well as her master’s degree, in educational psychology, with an emphasis in special education, from Loyola Marymount University. She holds special education credentials as well as a resource specialist program certificate. In addition, she has a bilingual certificate of competence. She completed her doctorate in organizational leadership at Argosy University. Presently, she is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.
Valdes started her career in the Lennox School District in Los Angeles. She held teaching positions in Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District and Temecula Valley Unified School District. Twice named Teacher of the Year at Temecula Valley Unified School District, she was named Riverside County Teacher of the Year in 1987. Dr. Valdes also worked a number of years for the United States Department of Education, in the Teacher to Teacher program.
In 2016, she was appointed by the State Board of Education to serve on the California Practitioners Advisory Panel (CPAG). Valdes is active in numerous organizations, including the Menifee Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors where she is a member. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD).