University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Monday, December 20, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE
New Leadership at ELDA
ELDA Recognized by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
ELDA's 10th Anniversary
Welcome to ELDA Cohort 11
The World Educational Leadership Link (WELL)
Sofia Sandoval, Teacher of the Year Finalist
Spotlight on Education Speaker Series Update
ELDA Awarded Linked Learning Grant
UPCOMING EVENTS
SOLES Spring Information Session
1/29/11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spotlight on Education, A Speaker Series: Matthew T. Spathas
2/24/11, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Spotlight on Education, A Speaker Series: Mike Schmoker
3/26/11, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Spotlight on Education, A Speaker Series: Yong Zhao
5/12/11, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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New Leadership at ELDA
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In the Fall of 2009, ELDA welcomed Dr. Rose Linda Martinez as a new faculty member.  In the Fall of 2010, ELDA is pleased to announce that Dr. Martinez is now one of ELDA's two Directors.  Dr. Martinez is a professor, consultant, businesswoman, and "visionary of the possible." Using multicultural stories, narratives, dialogue, and creative expressions from more than 25 years of research and experience, Dr. Martinez has taught the transformative functions of leadership and how they can be applied to reconnect organizations and individuals with visionary living.

Dr. Martinez is joined by Mr. Rich Thome, ELDA's newest rich thomeDirector and the other half of ELDA's new leadership team.  Mr. Thome had been serving SOLES as an Educational Leader in Residence since retiring as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources and Technology at the San Diego County Office of Education, where he oversaw the expansion of technology infrastructure and educational programs to 42 school districts.  In this role, he also worked extensively with the Government of Mexico on projects for high school and adult students, and was awarded the prestigious Ohtli award for that work.  Prior to his role as County Office Assistant Superintendant, Rich served as Superintendant of Schools in two San Diego County districts, during which time he chaired the Superintendents Technology Committee.  Of Mexican descent and from a bilingual household, Mr. Thome was certified with the bilingual, cross-cultural specialist credential in 1975 and spent 23 years in Capistrano Unified School District as a high school Spanish and ESL teacher, K-12 coordinator of technology and research, elementary principal, director, and assistant superintendent.  He has served as an executive coach for Pivot Learning Partners and Leadership Associates throughout the State of California, coaching boards, superintendents, cabinets, and principals at the K-12 level.

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ELDA Recognized by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
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On February 19 2010, 1200 deans and faculty of schools of education convened at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan discussed the importance of our nation providing outstanding school principal preparation programs so that all children in our nations' K-12 schools achieve success. Secretary Duncan cited three programs in the country that serve as models of school leadership preparation. The University of San Diego's Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) was cited as one of the most effective and innovative school leadership programs in the nation.
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ELDA's 10th Anniversary
On June 9th, 2010, ELDA celebrated its 10th anniversary.  Hosted by Dean Paula A. Cordeiro at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, SOLES faculty, staff, students, and alumni convened to celebrate the success and growth of ELDA as a principal preparation program and as a source of educational leadership.  Notable guests included Dean Cordeiro, past and present ELDA Directors Ann Van Sickle, Melinda Martin, Rich Thome, and Rose Linda Martinez, and former Superintendent of San Diego Unified School District and former California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin, who was one of the principal forces behind the establishment of ELDA in 2000.Elda Gala

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Welcome to ELDA Cohort 11
This Fall, ELDA welcomed 11 students who make up cohort Eleven.  These students represent public, private, and charter schools.  They are:

- Steve Baker, Serra High School

- Christina Balun, Garden Road Elementary

- Robert Ford, Rosa Parks Elementary

- Hortencia Garcia, Mission Bay High School

- Jeralyn Johnson, Webster Elementary

- William Pearson, Standley Middle School

- Sarah Raskin, Sage Canyon School

- Erika Roque, Liberty Elementary

- Sofia Sandoval, Southwest High

- Isabel Silva, Solana Vista School

- Felicia Smith, Language Academy 


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The World Educational Leadership Link (WELL), a New ELDA Program
Starting with cohort eleven this Fall, ELDA is implementing a new international component to its program. Given the global nature of education, ELDA has opened a dialogue with experienced educational leaders in other nations.  The purpose is to create connections and exchange ideas between our aspiring leaders and experienced school-based administrators around the world.  The goal of the project is to bring people together to build the professional relationships necessary to construct effective leadership practices and support social justice.  This project is called the World Educational Leadership Link, or WELL.  The name implies reaching deep into the well of resources that currently exist in leadership practitioners throughout the world.  ELDA students connect with their international mentors through a variety of online practices including email, blogs, Skype, video exchange, etc.  In addition, when possible, either our students visit a school abroad or the mentor principals and the students meet in a variety of locations throughout the U.S.

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Sofia Sandoval, Teacher of the Year Finalist
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Sofia Sandoval, a chemistry teacher at Southwest High School and a member of ELDA Aspiring Leaders Cohort 11, has been named a finalist for San Diego County Teacher of the Year.  Sofia's work inspiring the young scientists in her classroom was also profiled in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Congratulations, Sofia!
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Spotlight on Education Speaker Series Update
Two of the five 2010-2011 Spotlight Speaker events occurred this Fall.  In October, educational technology leader and author Alan November spoke on Designing Rigorous, Motivational, and Globally Connected Assignments, providing educators with strategies to broaden teacher and student capability to use internet resources in classrooms, and to develop a more global perspective.  Michael Furdyk, co-Founder and Director of Technology for TakingItGlobal.com spoke at SOLES in November.  Mr. Furdyk demonstrated how the free resources available through TakingItGlobal use learning as a means to'promote social justice and social entrepreneurship, as well as advocating for involving students in decision making, and developing youth leadership.

Spotlight Speakers for the spring will include Matt Spathas, Mike Schmoker, and Yong Zhao.  Dates, speaker profiles, and registration information can be found on the Spotlight on Education Speaker Series website.

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ELDA Awarded Linked Learning Grant
ELDA, in collaboration with the Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL), has been awarded a grant from the James A. Irvine Foundation to develop an implementation process for Linked Learning.  Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, ELDA will be working with 27 principals in 9 different school districts throughout California.

ELDA is partnering with ConnectEd, one of the leading research organizations in the are of Linked Learning.  As ConnectEd describes it, Linked Learning transforms students' high school experience by bringing together strong academics, demanding technical education, and real world experience that helps students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers. Linked Learning students follow industry-themed pathways in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, biomedicine and health. These pathways prepare high school students for career and a full range of postsecondary options, including attending a 2- or 4-year college or university, an apprenticeship, the military, and formal employment training.

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