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Thursday, September 7


TED TALK - Fostering Active Student Voice Through Innovation

Participants will learn how Fresno Unified has used rapid innovation techniques to advance active student voice in career readiness. They will also learn how the work has evolved to other district teams and departments, such as campus culture and how synthesis of the work is progressing to prevent silos. Student solutions will be highlighted with first-person accounts from students on how cultivation of their voice has increased their agency.

Audience: Elementary Teacher, Middle Teacher, High School Teacher, Elementary Counselor, Middle School Counselor, High School Counselor, Elementary Administrators, Middle School Administrators, High School Administrators, Superintendent, District Office Leaders


Kristen Boroski

Director of Career Technical Education, Fresno Unified School District
Kristen Boroski has been active in education for nearly 30 years, focusing on innovative approaches to curriculum development and alignment and has conducted professional learning sessions for more than 20 school districts in California. She is the director of career technical education... Read More →

Wendy McCulley

Executive Management Fellow and Adviser, Fresno Unified School District
Wendy McCulley is a FUSE Fellow in the Office of the Superintendent at Fresno Unified School District focusing on career readiness programs. She initiated the rapid innovation work at the district. McCulley is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate... Read More →

Thursday September 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
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Friday, September 8


TED TALK: Leadership: Focus in an era of education innovation

Leaders are inundated with a constant stream of information about new initiatives, new networks, new programs, new organizations to connect with, new ideas about the school experience – the list is endless. Leadership in education is complex and more important than ever. Leaders must narrow the focus and lead for radical change to dramatically impact the school experience for children.

Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School Administrators, Superintendents, and District Office

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Shelley Petersen

Assistant Superintendent, Del Mar Union School District
Shelley Petersen is the assistant superintendent of instructional services at Del Mar Union School District. 

Friday September 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Nautilus 2


TED TALK: The Influence of the Student Panel

Special Services at Sweetwater Union High School District offers student and parent outreach meetings regarding topics such as self-advocacy, communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making as students develop independence and gain a sense of agency. The most well-attended and successful meetings include a student panel with firsthand experience in a specific topic, such as employment or college. In addition, parent panels have provided guidance to others going through challenging phases with their own students. Participants will see a video, hear a panel, and receive specific steps on how to incorporate peer panels as an effective outreach to build relationships with their surrounding community and to influence positive change.

Audience: High School Administrators, District Office Leaders

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Michelle Sturm-Gonzalez

Special Education Program Manager, Sweetwater Union High School District
Michelle Sturm-Gonzalez is a special education program manager at Sweetwater Union High School District. She is passionate about transitioning young adults with disabilities into the workplace with independence and soft skills development. She lives in San Ysidro with her husband... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
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