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Transformative Voices: Educators for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

August 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 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 our second conversation on August 4, 2020
at 5pm PST.
Click here to register.



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.


Dr. Peter Flores III
Director, Student Services, Santa Maria Join Union High School District; Director, Equity Division, Center for Equity Leadership and Research (CLEAR)

Peter Flores is a K-12 administrator and teacher that serves as Director of Student Services for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. Throughout his career, he has advocated for transformative leadership, cultural proficiency, and social justice in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and Director of Equity for the Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR). Dr. Flores has presented at the International Cultural Proficiency Institute, facilitated at the Institute for Equity in Education, and co-facilitated cultural proficiency training at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program.

He has co-authored ACSA Leadership articles titled “Overcoming Barriers to Change” and “Leading from the Strawberry Fields: Transformative Leadership from Santa Maria.” He served as a member of the State Superintendent’s Transition Team for Closing the Achievement Gap.

Prior to his career in education, he served in the United States Navy as a Command Master Chief. He attended the Senior Enlisted Leadership Academy where he earned the Excellence in Achievement award. Master Chief Flores is an Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran who earned numerous personal decorations and retired after 25-years of honorable service.


Dr. Brooke Rios
Executive Director, New Los Angeles Charter Schools; research on anti-racist and culturally responsive school leadership.

Dr. Rios is a dynamic school leader who is committed to progressive education and social justice. Her career has spanned both independent and charter schools, and she currently serves as the Executive Director of New Los Angeles Charter Schools. Prior to this role, Brooke was the Principal of New LA Middle School, where she led the school in being recognized as one of the best public middle schools serving low income students in Los Angeles. Brooke worked at Wildwood School before joining New LA, honing her craft as a progressive educator. She taught middle and upper school Humanities and coached track and cross country. After several years in the classroom, Brooke led the Wildwood Outreach Center, where she coached schools on the implementation of small, learner-centered educational programs. For her doctoral dissertation at UCLA, Brooke’s research focus was antiracist and culturally responsive school leadership. She developed a professional development program for White school leaders serving in urban public schools called WAKE UP!, which facilitates the process of racial identity development through critical self-reflection.


Dr. Manuel Rustin
Teacher, John Muir High School, PUSD; Chair of the History-Social Science Subject Matter Committee on the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission, Milken Educator Award

Dr. Rustin is a veteran high school history teacher who currently teaches U.S. History, American Government, Economics, and a Hip Hop Studies course that he developed in 2012. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rustin serves as Chair of the History-Social Science Subject Matter Committee on the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission, a body that directly advises the State Board of Education on matters pertaining to curricular frameworks and resources. He is also a member of EdTrust-West’s Educator Advisory Council. Dr. Rustin earned his doctorate in educational leadership at UCLA and his Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2012, Dr. Rustin was awarded the Milken Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation and was recognized by the Pasadena NAACP with the Ruby McKnight Educator Award.


Ryan Smith
Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; former Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy for the Education Trust.

Ryan Smith is Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Prior to joining the Partnership, Ryan was the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy for the Education Trust, an education civil rights organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps. At The Education Trust-West, he worked on producing actionable, accessible research and advocacy tools that reached state policymakers and on-the-ground community advocates and education leaders alike. Ryan also led the team’s development and production of Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Students in California, and The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California. Before the Educational Trust, he served as the Director of Education Programs and Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he was responsible for education program and policy efforts for the organization.

After having launched the Partnership’s Family and Community Engagement Team and founding the Parent College Program, Ryan returned to the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools as the Chief External Officer. In this role, he is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the Partnership’s development, communications, policy and advocacy, and family and community engagement initiatives. Recently, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond appointed him as a Co-Chair of his Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. He served as an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

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



August 4, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm