Equity in Action

A conversation with the CAAASA Professional Learning Network

Thank you for joining us live June 26th and June 27th, 2019 to hear directly from California education leaders.

Hosted by
Pedro A. Noguera

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA.

He is a critically acclaimed scholar, a dynamic speaker and a committed activist. His work focuses on a broad range of issues related to education, social justice and public policy. He is the author of several best-selling books and is a highly sought-after public speaker and international consultant.

Each conversation began with his reflections from a career of scholarship and research focused on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

Dr. Noguera then talked with California state and district superintendents who—together with leaders from several state-based Local Educational Agencies—recently completed The CAAASA Equity in Action Report, the two-year study identifying barriers and evidence-based solutions to improving the academic and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) of African American students in California.

Recorded June 26

Improving Learning Conditions for African-American Students—Creating System Accountability through Leadership

Dr. Noguera hosts these California state and district leaders:

Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley
Compton Unified School District


Michael Watkins
President, CAAASA


Superintendent Dr. Janet Schulze
Pittsburg Unified School District


Recorded June 27

Scaling Best Practices for African American Student Success—Building Better Beliefs, Cohesive Community, and Quality Teaching

Dr. Noguera hosts these California state and district leaders:

Superintendent, Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite
Lynwood Unified School District


Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Nemko
Napa County Office of Education


Tom Armelino
Executive Director, California Collaborative Educational Excellence (CCEE)


Collectively, the participating superintendents lead four California school districts (Compton, Lynwood, Pittsburg, and Fresno) and three California County Offices of Education (Los Angeles, Napa, and San Diego). They participated in a professional learning network in which they, together with leaders from several Local Educational Agencies, engaged in a deep analysis and examination of the problem of why African American students are disproportionately targeted for discipline and are suffering low academic outcomes in California schools. The network was charged to research perceptions, pedagogies, and practices that have successfully impacted African American students’ educational experiences.

Their convening and the resulting whitepaper were made possible by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and funded by a grant awarded by California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE).