Strategies for Supporting Stressed Out Students
This mini-skills workshop will help teachers, counselors, and administrators support the emotional well-being of students in
the classroom.  Use simple strategies to create a healthier, happier, and more successful student body overall.  In high-
achieving school climates, it may seem counter-intuitive to address anything beyond academic skill development, yet a small
time investment in fostering resiliency, healthy coping skills, honest communication, and positive peer relations, can reap
massive rewards.  Improve your class climate while maintaining high-standards!
Amira Mostafa, M.A., NCSP, LEP  amostafa@tamdistrict.org
Lead School Psychologist, Tamalpais Union High School District, Marin County, CA

Language for Learning Thinking Maps
There are eight cognitive thinking maps used as tools to create visual representations of the thought process. They provide
students with a visual tool that can be used in many subjects including writing to math. Each map is used for a specific
purpose. The maps can be used to define context, describe qualities, compare and contrast, classify, determine part to
whole, sequencing, cause and effect, and see analogies. The audience will learn through active participation, application, and
handouts.
Jesus Beccera  chuyb5@hotmail.com or jmbecerra@capousd.org
Elem. Teaching Assistant Principal II, Capistrano Unified SD

Number Sense: Why Do I Want It and How Do I Get It?
Computational fluency, problem solving, and number sense can be thought of as the main supporting legs of arithmetic
mastery. This session will define the main elements of number sense through examples while demonstrating practical
classroom activities and teacher moves that build number sense by engaging students in thinking. Discussion will follow
common threads in number sense that are essential to a rigorous Kindergarten through eighth grade math curriculum.
For K-8 teachers.
Leo Kostelnik   lkostelnik@bolinas-stinson.org
Principal,  Bolinas-Stitson Union School District

21st Century Thinking and Engagement Skills
Find out about the skills needed for the 21st century workforce: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem
Solving, Communication and Collaboration.  We will explore the research, resources, techniques, and activities that enhance
critical thinking skills.  Be prepared to analyze your own curriculum for ways to strengthen reflection, metacognition, and
questioning strategies.  
Nancy Wasserman, nwasserman@rossvalleyschools.org
Principal , Ross Valley School District

Project Based Learning and Hands-On Activities to Engage Students and Raise Achievement.
When students are engaged and active, their learning is meaningful and leads to higher performance in school.  Attendees
will learn and observe some hands on activities and projects that engage students in their own learning.
Yolanda Gardea        ygardea@lausd.net
Assistant Principal, Music Academy, Central Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual & Performing Arts. LAUSD

Art Integration Improves Learning
A strong art  foundation builds creativity, concentration, problem solving, self efficacy, coordination and discipline. Studies
show that some people with a high IQ are not increasing their brain power.  Educators will engage in a creative process that
will demonstrate how the use of art integration in the core curriculum increases brain power!
Beverly Jarrett   Beverly.Jarrett@OUSD.k12.ca.us
Principal, Far West High School, Oakland Unified SD

Project-Based Learning: Why and How
Learn why Project-Based Learning  works so well and how to make sure your student-based projects are successful with
students, parents and you.
David Sondheim    dsondheim@tamdistrict.org
Assistant Principal, Redwood High School, Tamalpais Union High School District, Marin County, California

The Dream Project
The United Nations has laid out eight Millennium Development Goals to achieve internationally by 2015. These include
eradicating hunger and poverty, ensuring environmental sustainability, and achieving universal primary education, among
others.  Come learn how to build a global consciousness in your students by adapting these eight goals into The Dream
Project – a yearlong learning and service project that empowers students to learn about and change their world.
Nadia Shaiq   nadiashaiq@gmail.com
Principal, Celerity Octavia Charter School

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI)
This is a concept that has been around since the 1970s. but only now is becoming well known. RTI is a process of
providing high quality, scientifically validated instruction based on learners needs.  It involves regularly monitoring student
progress and adjusting instruction based on student’s responses. This presentation offers an overview of the basic concepts
of RTI and its implications for classroom teachers.
Karen Williams   kwlliams@lausd.net
Assistant Principal Secondary Counseling Services, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA

High Cognitive Demand Math Assessment:  What is its role in the classroom and the larger department?
Learn how to integrate ‘high cognitive demand’ performance tasks and formative assessments within a larger school math
assessment program that drives instruction prioritizing conceptual understanding, multiple representations, adaptive
reasoning, and connecting ideas along with (often over-emphasized) procedural fluency.
Corbett Elsen   celsen@tamdistrict.org
Principal, Tamiscal High Schcoo & Tamalpais Adult School, Tamalpais UHSD

The Power of Asking Questions - Inquiry and the Scientific Method
Learn how experimentation can be used to explore observations and answer questions about the world around us!  Inquiry
based science engages students in the processes of formulating predictions, organizing and interpreting data and
communicating results. Participants will learn the steps in the scientific method and how to design and conduct their own
laboratory experiments.  Handouts and sample laboratory assignments will be provided.
Kim Stiffler      kstiffler@tamdistrict.org
Assistant Principal, Tamalpais Union High School District , Marin County , CA

Cooperative Learning & Socio-Cultural Theory of Learning
Learn how to blend socio-cultural theory to enhance your teaching practice.  Students, in particular, second language
learners learn best when there are opportunities for meaningful collaborative learning.  Learn some concrete strategies
including "Jigsaw" and "Expert Groups" to get students talking to one another and make learning "apprenticeships" happen
between students of varied levels in your class.  
Kimi Kean   kimikean@gmail.com
Regional Executive Director, Oakland USD

Creating a More Positive and Productive Classroom Environment
How to move away from punitive approaches to strategies that work in today’s classrooms.  During the course of this
presentation participants will learn how to create a more productive classroom environment through some hands on
activities.  
Janine Antoine  jantoine@lausd.net  &   Rene Martinez   rmarti16@lausd.net
Assistant Principals, Central High School/Tri-C , Los Angeles Unified SD

Active Listening – A Key to Communication
What kind of a listener are you?  Do you ever step away from a conversation wondering what was really said?  Learn
strategies that will improve your communication with students, parents and colleagues.
Gisela M. Diez       gmd3706@lausd.net
Assistant Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District

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FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, LEADERSHIP INNOVATION
Linda Orozco, Ph.D.    Lorozco14@yahoo.com
Founder & Director, Leadership Innovation
Dr. Orozco received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Minnesota; her M.A. from Calif. State
University, Long Beach; and her B.A. from Whittier College.  She is Past Director of the Professional Administration
Credential Program and Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, Fullerton. Her experience
includes 28 years in educational leadership including both public and private educational settings, district and county offices
of education, and higher education administration.  Major research and publication endeavors include technology in
education and administration, educating diverse populations, as well as effective interagency collaboration.  She continues to
conduct research internationally including Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.  She is an avid surfer and runner.
Skypename: lindachristineorozco
PRESENTATIONS - 2011

International Program- BRAZIL