Schedule at a Glance

Day 1 Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Start Your Morning with DJ Steve Vassor
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Welcome and General Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Race to Submit Awards Ceremony

Day 2 Thursday, April 21st, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Musical Guest Alfonso Olachea
9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Keynote Speaker
9:40 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Breakout Session 2
10:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 3
11:55 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Closing Remarks

For any questions related to Sched, please contact support@sched.com or call 1-888-312-1777. For any questions related to the event and logistics, please contact Jaimina Cole at jlcole@rcoe.us or Victoria Viksne at victoria.viksne@csac.ca.gov.
Thursday, April 21 • 9:40am - 10:35am
Data Tool Highlighting Racial Disparities in Financial Aid Completion and a Research-Driven Framework to Increase Access to Financial Aid LIMITED

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This session will build awareness on the importance of supporting students when applying for financial aid and the significance of California’s 2021-2022 state budget, to ensure every high school senior completes a financial aid application.  

In addition, Education Trust-West (ETW) Racial Disparities will present on the Financial Aid Completion data tool. The tool is the first of its kind to share data on financial aid application completion by race and ethnicity. The data tool is intended to help LEA leaders understand and address racial disparities in financial aid completion. We hope participants and others learn how to use the tool to evaluate their practices and target specific student groups for outreach, for application completion support.

In closing, this session will provide tangible resources for local education leaders to utilize which will assist in increasing financial aid application completion. We will present the Education Trust-West’s Hidden Figures: A Framework to Increase Access to Financial Aid. This original research briefly highlights five “components of success” – insights from diverse, cutting-edge districts and schools about best practices and strategies that are helping to close equity gaps. The participants will leave the session having exchanged and learned research-driven best practices, strategies, and resources to increase access to financial aid.

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Mark LeNoir

Assistant Superintendent Education Services, Val Verde Unified School District
Mark LeNoir has served in public schools for thirty years. He started his career as a science and physical education teacher at both the middle and high school levels. Mark has administrated at the high school, county office, and district office levels and has achieved local, state... Read More →
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Denise Luna

Associate Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust-West
Denise Luna (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Higher Education Policy at The Education Trust—West. As a daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and the first in her family to graduate college, Denise is passionate about educational equity and racial justice. Denise brings... Read More →
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Michael R McCormick

Superintendent, Val Verde USD
Michael R. McCormick is the superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District.  He is known for his passion for innovation and helping students acquire their higher education aspirations.  Before becoming superintendent, Michael served for six years as the Assistant Superintendent... Read More →

Thursday April 21, 2022 9:40am - 10:35am PDT