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Session VI Speakers & Notes

Building a World Class Education Profession

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12:00–2:00pm

Linda Darling-Hammond Slides   Karen Trujillo Slides  

Session Notes

National Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the Learning Policy Institute, is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she is Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama's education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014).

Local Context Speaker: Dr. Karen Trujillo

Dr. Karen Trujillo is the Interim Associate Dean of Research for the College of Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU). She has been an educator in New Mexico for more than 20 years and has served as a high school teacher, principal, grant writer, professional development specialist, researcher, and evaluator. In 2015 she established Educators Rising NM, a "grow your own" teachers program that supports high school students in their pursuit to become teachers. Educators Rising NM has recently grown from six high school programs to almost 50 across the state with over 600 students engaged. She is also the director of the Southwest Outreach Academic Research (SOAR) Lab at NMSU where she employs student researchers to assist PK–20 education programs develop and carry out research and evaluation plans. She has testified numerous times for various legislative committees about the teacher shortage in New Mexico. Her focus is on finding solutions and treating the crisis as an economic development issue that requires immediate attention from all stakeholders. 


Moderator: Dr. Wanda Tamez-Bulger

Dr. Wanda Tamez-Bulger is Co-Project Investigator and Director of the Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) Project at the New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center. She was Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Gadsden Math Initiative and project coordinator on the Austin Collaborative for Math Education, both of which were Local Systemic Initiatives. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the NSF Discovery Research K–12 program, Teachers’ Use of Standards-based Instructional Materials. She has been a PI for MC2 for five years.