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Transformative Voices: Educators for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

July 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Transformative Voices: Educators for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the UCLA Women’s School Leadership Academy (WSLA) presents a series of conversation featuring a panel of school activists, administrators, and teachers.

  • Working together to create social, cultural and political equity in schools and school organizations
  • Talking about overt and hidden systemic racism to bring about positive and lasting changes in schools

Join us for this webinar on July 21, 2020 at 5pm PST.
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Dr. Annamarie Francois
Executive Director, Center X, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, social justice educator preparation.

Annamarie Francois is Executive Director of UCLA’s Center X, where her leadership guides the work of equity-focused educator preparation, development, and support for urban school communities. Dr. Francois has 30+ years of teaching and leadership experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the charter school community, and UCLA’s Department of Education. She currently serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Center for Powerful Public Schools Board of Directors, the Los Angeles School Board Curriculum and Instruction Committee, and a variety of local and statewide committees and coalitions focused on advancing educational access and equity. Her areas of interest and specialization are educational leadership, educator learning and leadership, and critical multicultural education for urban schools.


Anthony Jackson 
Director, Community Schools Transformation, LAUSD; Founder and former Co-Director of Culture and Language Academy of Success

Anthony Jackson is Director, Community Schools Transformation in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local District West. In that capacity, he leads principals in advancing the responsive transformation of their schools to empower and elevate learning outcomes for African American and Latinx students.

Previously he served as principal at LAUSD’s Hillcrest Drive Elementary School and Music Magnet and at Aspire Slauson Academy, a K-6 charter school in Los Angeles.

Anthony was a founder and co-director of Culture and Language Academy of Success, a renowned Los Angeles charter school committed to educating underserved students using culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.

In addition to school leadership, Mr. Jackson has served as a coordinator of elementary literacy, an instructional specialist, and an instructional technology coordinator in the LAUSD.

He taught 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades for 10 years at 99th Street School in Watts.

He is currently a doctoral student at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education.


Dr. Ken Magdaleno
Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity Leadership and Research (CLEAR)

Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno is the Founder/President/CEO of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), a nonprofit active in the Central Valley and throughout the state of California since 2011. He has been described as an “equity warrior” and regularly speaks and consults focusing on matters of equity and leadership. CLEAR’s primary goals are the development of social justice educational leaders, the growth and retention of leaders of color through coaching and mentoring, addressing equity issues throughout the educational system and researching the impact of positive leadership models on underrepresented groups.

Dr. Magdaleno most recently served as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno and also served as Department Chair of the master’s program in educational leadership. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Magdaleno served the students of California as an elementary school principal, middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal, high school teacher, coach, and guidance counselor. Dr. Magdaleno earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and also holds a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from California Lutheran University.

His published works include Factors Impeding the Social and Academic Progress of African American Males in Foster Care; Educational Leaders and the Acknowledgement Gap (Journal of School Leadership, 2016), Equation for Access (Cabinet Support +Staff Mentorship) = A Leadership Pipeline (International Mentoring Association, 2014 with Dr. Cynthia Teniente – Matson) and Mentoring Latina and Latino Leaders in Keeping and Improving Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2010). His primary research interests are areas of equity, critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.


Dr. Caprice Young
National Superintendent, Learn4Life Network; Founding CEO and former President, California Charter School Assoc.; former president of the LAUSD Board of Education

Dr. Caprice Young is responsible for leading the Learn4Life Schools, serving more than 45,000 students in more than 85 learning centers in California, Ohio, and Michigan. Raised in a host foster family, she identifies with and has committed her life to supporting opportunity youth. Dr. Young left IBM in 1999 to serve as a member and president of the elected Los Angeles school board. In 2003, she founded the California Charter Schools Association. Since 2008, she has provided executive leadership to a range of education, philanthropy, non-profit, and business organizations undergoing major transformations. She is a recipient of the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service, the California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year in 2016, and an inductee to the national Charter School Hall of Fame. Dr. Young serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Fordham Foundation and Savvy Source. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Science. Education: Ed.D. UCLA; M.P.A. USC; and B.A. Yale University.

For more information about this webinar and UCLA Women’s School Leadership Academy (WSLA), please contact Linda Rose at lrose@g.ucla.edu.

Join us on August 4, 2020 for our next conversation.



July 21, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm