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Tech & Learning’s Honor Role Podcast

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Tech & Learning presents the Honor Role podcast (#TLHonorRole) celebrating fierce and formidable women in education. Education veterans Drs. Kecia Ray and Frances Gipson talk with inspiring role models who have shaped the educational landscape by overcoming obstacles, connecting with mentors to guide them through their journey, and leading future generations of women through the glass ceiling and beyond. 

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Christi Barrett

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Christi Barrett 

Pushing boundaries, Dr. Christi Barrett is graceful, strong, and determined as a superintendent. Christi chronicles stories from her own childhood, to stories that she learns from her children today. Mentors have shaped her to find her WHY and she challenges our listeners to own their why, or what if’s, in service to others.

Listen to the episode here.

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Torie Weiston-Serdan

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Torie Weiston-Serdan

Are you a critical mentor, if not it is TIME!  This is a journey not to be missed with Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan. Torie helps us realize our inner “queen” while gaining an understanding, and amplified appreciation, for liberatory practices that change mindsets-- with action! Her research and practice will leave you inspired to do more for yourself and community. SHE is the change! How might you be a critical mentor to youth in your role? 

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Carol Jago

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Carol Jago 

Thirty-two years of inspirational teaching in the classroom may say it all, but there is even more when it comes to the love of education for Carol Jago.  A treasured author, she wrote a weekly column where we all agree she walked the talk, and now she leads across the nation in any capacity she can to make a difference for youth, community, leaders, and extraordinary educators. Enjoy the “chapters” Jago unfolds as this fierce (and what she calls “bossy”) female creates new headlines for us to consider. 

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Maria Armstrong

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Maria Armstrong

From the boardroom to the classroom, Dr. Maria Armstrong inspires hearts and minds. Maria started her education career at the age of 7 when she gathered neighborhood kids and “taught” them reading and math after school. Today, Maria is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker, sharing her experiences of assessing education programs and student progress to recommend curriculum advancement from Puerto Rico to Sacramento, California. Her work is now leading the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents at a national level. She shares her journey and reflections during our time together!

Listen to the episode here.

Mónica García

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Mónica García

Mónica García proudly represents Board District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This shero LEADS through and through with every inspirational word and accompanying action. Honorable Board Member Garcia is an equity champion for the largest district in the nation with an elected Board of Education—Los Angeles Unified. With deep childhood roots in community and a transformative education experience at Berkeley, she “changes conversations” inspired by family wisdom. Learn how to motivate ALL to read, write, think, believe, and graduate with Monica!

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Cheryl L. Ney

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Cheryl Ney 

A brilliant mind, a brilliant STEM story: Cheryl Ney, is a social justice leader in higher education who is changing the trajectory of students, educators, and leaders on the eastside of Los Angeles. Her passion and experience as Dean at California State University, Los Angeles is influenced by pioneering women in the sciences. 

Hear how Dr. Ney's work to reform education is working to prepare high school graduates with college and career ready outcomes in the episode here

Debra Duardo

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Debra Duardo

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo is a lifelong social worker and educator. Her life-altering message drives the importance of reaching all “at promise” learners and inspires all listeners. Debra shares her journey from dropout to superintendent of one of the most diverse counties in America;  in doing so, it reflects her very personal and professional mission. 

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Angela Maiers

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Angela Maiers 

In the inaugural Tech & Learning Honor Role podcast, Drs. Kecia Ray and Frances Gipson talk with Angela Maiers, a world-renowned author, entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and educator, whose transformative message of the importance of mattering has the power to unleash the genius in us all. In this episode, Ms. Maiers shares her passion to inspire others. 

Listen to the episode here

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Cheryl Logan

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Cheryl Logan

Cheryl Logan has served as Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools since 2018.  Logan has spent her career in education working in school districts with large immigrant populations from around the world, including with students from significant English language learner populations.  She has previously served as Assistant Superintendent in Philadelphia Public Schools, and various roles at Prince George’s Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools. 

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Marie Izquierdo, Chief Academic Officer at Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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Marie Izquierdo 

Marie Izquierdo is the Chief Academic Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, which serves more than 350,000 students and employs 53,000 teachers and staff. She is a career educator with more than 25 years of experience in school reform. As CAO, Izquierdo has spearheaded efforts that have yielded a historic 84% graduation rate and the distinction of having 98% of all schools rated A, B or C by the Florida Department of Education. 

Nzingha Sonya Dugas

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Nzingha Sonya Dugas 

Nzingha Dugas is the Executive Director of the Umoja Community Education Foundation (UCEF). UCEF operates 68 programs across California’s 114 community college system. Mx. Dugas’s role includes leading the Foundation’s central office team, the northern and southern statewide region staff and overseeing all operations. Ms. Dugas was also the founding Director of the Oakland Unified School District’s inaugural African American Female Excellence Initiative. 

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Jackie Jodl

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Jackie Jodl

Jacqueline Jodl is a nationally recognized authority on social emotional skills and their impact on education performance and workforce readiness. Her career began at Unilever in marketing management, where she managed established brands and new product innovation as well as businesses integration following corporate acquisitions. She led The Aspen Institute’s most critical endeavor in education, serving as the Executive Director of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.  As the principal strategic advisor at the University of Virginia’s School of Education, her primary area of interest is innovation in PreK-12 education.  

Carolyn  McKanders

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Carolyn McKanders 

Carolyn McKanders is Director Emeritus for Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and Cognitive Coaching Seminars. Carolyn’s background includes 28 years in the Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor, program administrator, and staff-development  specialist. Presently, she presents seminars internationally on developing Adaptive Schools and Organizations, Cognitive Coaching, enhancing presentation effectiveness and meeting facilitation skills. She also provides polarity management training, which supports organizations in identifying and managing competing tensions inherent in social systems. 

Cynthia Lim

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Cynthia Lim

Cynthia Lim has over 20 years experience in student data and accountability systems in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As Executive Director for the Office of Data and Accountability, she was responsible for developing metrics for strategic planning, administering state and district assessments, overseeing data reporting and analysis of school and student achievement. She managed the design, development and selection of appropriate evaluation and assessment tools for District accountability, as well as approval of research projects. Prior to LAUSD, Dr. Lim was a Program Specialist for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP) and a Program Analyst for the Independent Analysis Unit of the Board of Education in LAUSD. She received her B.A in Experimental Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, MSW from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from UCLA. She is the author of Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage and Brain Injury about her experience with caregiving for her disabled husband. She is currently working on a second memoir about her family’s immigration history from China.