GENERAL SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14

Voices of Youth 

The impact of the pandemic has had unprecedented consequences on our youth.  In this general session presentation, youth representing a diverse cross section of our communities will share their personal experiences and the impact the pandemic and distance learning has had on them, their families and their community.

Facilitators: Julia Gabor, Founder - kid-grit & John Vandenburgh, Executive Director - Protect Connect Educate Solutions

Youth: Barron Hutchinson - Val Verde USD; Hannah Le - Laguna Beach USD; Naomi Flores - Santa Ana USD; Lucio Rocco Giovannetti - Redondo Beach USD; Amelie Jimenez - Los Angeles Unified School District; Leon Lavong - Anaheim Union High School District.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 15

Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Parenting & Child Expert • Educational Psychologist • Best-Selling Author • Speaker

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken in 19 countries and five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 US Army Bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times on the TODAY show and countless shows including Dateline, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Countdown, Fox, The Early Show, and CNN. Her work is featured in TIME, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times. Reader’s Digest and Globe and Mail. Dr. Borba is recognized globally for her work in bullying and youth violence prevention. She’s a media spokesperson for major corporations including 3M, Office Depot, Unilever, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Splenda, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to Apple TV, McDonalds and Disney.

She is the award-winning author of 24 books translated into 19 languages including Nobody Likes Me, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me that Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy, and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Her latest book (spring 2021) Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Awards include the National Educator Award (presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem), National Child Safety Award of 2016 by Child Safety Network, Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession by the Bureau of Education and Research and a 2016 SHORTY nominee for “Best Social Media Influencer in Parenting.” She was named Honorary Chairperson for Self-Esteem in Hong Kong, consultant for the Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Dept of Education, Disney Influencer, and Goodwill Ambassador for M.I.T.’s One Laptop per Child project. Board memberships include Parents, Character.org, Child Safety Network, Boys & Girls Club of America, USTA Sportsmanship Committee. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002.

Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including work in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 16

Leading Beyond a Global Pandemic: A Conversation with Superintendents

Round table discussion.

Presenters: Michael R. McCormick (Facilitator), Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District; Dr. Al Mijares, County Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education; Dr. Joanne Culverhouse, Superintendent of La Habra City Schools; Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent of Santa Monica-Malibu USD; and Scott Scambray, Superintendent of Fullerton Joint Union High District

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