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Leadership and Service on Local School Boards: An Alumni Panel Conversation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Center for Education Research at Stanford (CERAS)

Join us for a panel discussion featuring alumni who are using their leadership on local school boards to facilitate change across their community’s education system. Panelists will share more about their decision to run for school board, their biggest impact and challenges in making critical decisions in their district, and why every resident should pay close attention to their school board. This event is geared toward educators, school and district leaders, parents, students, and community members interested in learning more about education governance at the city/district level.

Confirmed Panelists and Moderators
(more to be announced)
 

Devon Conley, MA '09
Devon was elected to the Mountain View Whisman School Board in November of 2018. As a national award-winning elementary school teacher, Conley’s career in education spans the past seventeen years and includes working in education policy research and teaching elementary school in San Francisco, San Jose, and Mountain View. Most recently, she taught science in low income schools with the non-profit organization Science is Elementary. Conley earned her BA in Architecture from Yale University, her Masters in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, her Masters in Education from Stanford University, and her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Conley was previously the Vice Chair of the City of Mountain View’s Parks and Recreation Commission, and she currently serves as the President of the Shoreline West Association of Neighbors. She is also a room parent for her son's first grade classroom.

Jennifer DiBrienza, PhD '08
Jennifer's career as a teacher began in the New York City public school system. She spent 8 years as an elementary classroom teacher and staff developer for grades K-8 and then became an Education Consultant for schools and districts in the U.S. and internationally. In 2001 she moved to the Bay Area and began a PhD program in Education at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Since completing her dissertation in 2008 she has worked locally, teaching at the Stanford GSE, consulting for education technology companies, and supporting teachers and administrators in schools and districts across the Bay Area. In 2016 Jennifer was elected to the Palo Alto school board. She currently serves as Board President and serves on the district's LGBTQQ committee. She was recently elected as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

Jennifer DiBrienza, PhD '08
Jennifer's career as a teacher began in the New York City public school system. She spent 8 years as an elementary classroom teacher and staff developer for grades K-8 and then became an Education Consultant for schools and districts in the U.S. and internationally. In 2001 she moved to the Bay Area and began a PhD program in Education at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Since completing her dissertation in 2008 she has worked locally, teaching at the Stanford GSE, consulting for education technology companies, and supporting teachers and administrators in schools and districts across the Bay Area. In 2016 Jennifer was elected to the Palo Alto school board. She currently serves as Board President and serves on the district's LGBTQQ committee. She was recently elected as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

Michael Kirst (co-moderator)
Mike is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Under Governor Jerry Brown, Kirst held the role of President of the California State Board of Education from 1977 to 1981 and from 2011 to January 2019. As a policy generalist, Professor Kirst has published articles on school finance politics, curriculum politics, intergovernmental relations, as well as education reform policies. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning and Evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Office of Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). He was a Budget Examiner in the Federal office of Budget and Management, and Associate Director of the White House Fellows. He was a program analyst for the Title I ESEA Program at its inception in 1965.

Michelle Nayfack (co-moderator)
Michelle is the Associate Director of Research Practice Partnerships at California Education Partners. As part of this role she serves as the Director of the Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative, which was launched in 2017. This Collaborative is a partnership between Stanford University and nine school districts in San Mateo County. Researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and practitioners across all nine districts are working to conduct research in partnership that will both inform policies and practices within the districts and contribute to generalizable research in education more broadly. Prior to serving in this role, Michelle held a variety of education policy research positions including at Stanford’s Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Michelle started her career in education as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, a California teaching credential from California State University, Northridge, and a PhD in Urban Education from University of Southern California. Michelle also currently serves as a school board trustee in her home district of San Carlos, CA.

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