Leaders in Education Speaker Series presents : Senator,Chancellor and Scholar Dr. Jack Scott.

Senator, Chancellor,Scholar
Senator, Chancellor,Scholar

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Jack Scott.

Dr. Jack Scott was unanimously selected as the 14th chancellor of the California Community Colleges by the Board of Governors on May 8, 2008. He assumed this position in January 2009, after completing his second term in the California State Senate.

Dr. Scott will be addressing our community on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Center for Collaborative Policy 815 S Street, 1st Floor, Sacramento.

See you there!



Katrina PimentelThe Journal of Transformative Leadership in Policy Studies, June 2014 issue Volume 4 Number 1 published a Doctoral STEM report entitled, “Factors Promoting Inclusion and Success for Underrepresented High School Students in STEM” co authored by doctorate students Katirina Pimentel and Randy Kilmartin.

The focus of this study was to ascertain the best practices and policies for school leaders in recruiting, supporting, and retaining underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) courses while encouraging STEM related career fields. This report synthesizes empirical research at two comprehensive high schools in Northern California funded through a CSU Doctoral Research Fellowship. The policy implications from this study are central to promoting access and inclusion in STEM educationRandy Kilmartin and future career pathways. Schools need to market and advertise their STEM programs and begin recruiting within their school, particularly at the middle school level. It was clear from this research that the initial “curiosity” that is promoted by the STEM curriculum needs to be fostered so that students continue to be interested in STEM once they get to high school.

Read the full report @ http://www.csus.edu/coe/academics/doctorate/jtlps/issues/4-1/index.html


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An excellent article “Wealth, not income, matters for getting into college” by Dr. Su Jin Jez was published in op-ed section of The Sacramento Bee on March 29, 2015.

In Dr. Su Jin Jez’s opinion we use wealth and income interchangeably in casual conversation, they are not the same thing. When it comes to college opportunity, family wealth matters much more than family income. This excellent article also talks about how family wealth and not family income plays a prominent role in academic achievement and college admissions. And family wealth should be considered as the basis of financial aid. She suggested our policies need to match reality in which first step can be at least start treating the illness properly, by diagnosing the problem accurately and getting the policy prescription right.

Congratulations to Dr. Porfirio Loeza for your appointment as Faculty Ambassador to Mexico and Central America

Drawing of Dr. Loeza by Cynthia, a second grader
Drawing of Dr. Loeza by Cynthia, a second grader

Sacramento State’s Office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs appointed Faculty Ambassadors who will help to cultivate & deepen the University’s global footprint in various regions of the world. The list of ambassadors were selected from a very competitive pool which indicates that Sacramento State faculty and staff are already very active in all major global regions that could be key to our ongoing efforts to strengthen recruitment of international students and build study abroad programs for our resident students. The inaugural group of ambassadors will commence service immediately and continue through the end of the spring 2016 semester.

EDD Program would like to congratulate Dr. Porfirio Loeza, EDD core faculty and all other appointed Ambassadors for their appointment and thank them for agreeing to take on this responsibility as part of California State University Sacramento’s strategic initiative to achieve comprehensive internationalization.  Your support of their efforts will be very highly appreciated!

Chao Vang receiving scholarships and publishing opportunities

Congratulations to Chao Vang for his receipt of the competitive external (UMass Asian American Student Success Program Research Award) and internal (UEI) grant funding to support his research titled, Lost Among The Data: Hmong College Students at California State University, Sacramento. He also received the 2014-2015 Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship and the 2014-2015 45th Anniversary Educational Opportunity Program Community Excellence Award.  1455192_10100182865597933_98577491_n    

His chapter proposal entitled A Student’s Perspective: Cultivating Asian Pacific Islander Americans Student Leaders Through Cross Campus and Community Collaborations at California State University, Sacramento has been accepted to be part of the anthology book titled Models of Practice: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) in Action.

Additionally, he has also been accepted to present the chapter, A Student’s Perspective: Cultivating Asian Pacific Islander Americans Student Leaders Through Cross Campus and Community Collaborations at California State University, Sacramento as a panelists at the upcoming Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) national conference, Many Identities: One Call to Action.

Dr. Rose Borunda is Collaborating

Dr. Rose Borunda has been collaborating extensively with current students and graduates from the California State University Sacramento Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. Here are a few updates:

Dr. Valinda Frost is presenting to Dr. Borunda’s M.S. in Counseling students on the findings of her doctoral research endeavor; “The Effects of Educational Policy on Criminal Peer Abuse.” Raising the capacity of counselors in training to prevent and intervene in relational violence is one of the ways in which Dr. Frost’s work is making a difference.

Dr. Crystal Martinez-Alire is presenting with Dr. Borunda at the Native American Culture Days at U.C. Davis this spring. Their presentation is entitled, Embracing American Indian Ways of Educating: Restoring Culturally Imbedded Practices while Building Pathways towards Student Success.  The research leading to this presentation has led to culturally responsive pilot curriculum related to California Indians being implemented in two California Public Schools. Additionally, Dr. Martinez-Alire, Dr. Borunda, and Research Assistant, Samantha Britto-Jacoby, will present with these educators on the development of this curriculum at the Multicultural Conference that will be hosted at CSUS.

Dr. Borunda will additionally be presenting at the U.C. Davis Native American Culture Days Conference with co-author Dr. Melissa Moreno, Professor & Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies program at Woodland Community College, on the 2nd edition of their book entitled, Speaking from the Heart.

Dr. Fermin Irigoyen and Dr. Viridiana Diaz, graduates of the EDD program, are collaborating with Dr. Borunda, Dr. Romero, Dr. Loeza, and Dr. Amber Gonzalez in creation of a published narrative that follows the successful navigation of public schools. The narratives are inspired by the content of Dr. Irigoyen and Dr. Diaz’s dissertations and will be distributed throughout Spanish speaking communities.

Doctoral Candidates, Chris Knisely and Cassidy Isch, will be presenting this semester in Dr. Borunda’s M.S. in Counseling classes in preparation for their doctoral dissertation defense. Candidate Knisely will present in Dr. Borunda’s Trauma & Crisis class. His topic is “Bridging Behavior Health and Education: Strengthening School Safety Through Behavioral Health Intervention in Higher Education. Candidate Isch will present in Dr. Borunda’s Organization of School Counseling programs on the findings of his research entitled, When Two Cultures Cross: Perceptions of Educational Leaders on the Factors that Support the Missionary Kid’s Re-Entry Process to Their Home Culture.

Dr. Wassmer to Present at Midwest Economic Association on Preschool Education

Dr. Rob Wassmer will present on his research about preschool at the Midwest Economic Association conference in Minneapolis on Saturday March 28, 2015.

Preschool attendance has been shown to not only benefit the later learning of an individual and her subsequent income, but to also provide external benefits to society.  It is for these reasons that concern has arisen regarding the fact that the United States as a whole lags behind other OECD countries in preschool attendance.  However, this deficit in attendance is not consistent across all types of children and locations.  To better understand why, this paper offers a two-stage regression analysis of what influences the preschool attendance of three- to five-year olds using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).  The findings of this paper can help guide the design of policy efforts expected to yield the greatest payout to increasing preschool attendance.  The discovery of a positive influence of nearby available preschool slots on preschool attendance (after controlling for demand-based factors), that is greater in magnitude to influences detected for differences in education and income, suggests the desirability of public policies intended to increase this supply.

Also see his presentation at Sac State on the research during the monthly brownbags below.

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