CALSA Conclave focuses on ways to reach Latino students

CALSA’s fourth Research to Practice Conclave is just around the corner, March 23 at the University of Southern California.

Co-sponsored by USC’s Rossier School of Education, the focus of the event is on creating effective education for Latino students – including Latino English learners. CALSA has made this goal a priority, citing its critical importance to students’ futures and to California’s social and economic health.

CALSA’s David Murphy, coordinator of the conclave, said research has identified many factors that are effective in raising the achievement of both English learners and Latino and Latina students. However, he added, the research is not effectively brought in to schools.

“This conclave brings researchers, superintendents and other pre-K-12 leaders together in support of better achieving the goal of ‘research to practice,’” Murphy said. “Researchers will present what is effective, and superintendents and other K-12 leaders will share how the findings of the research can be practically integrated into schools.”

In addition, the event will foster communication and relationships between school district leaders and researchers to facilitate the use of research to improve Latino student achievement.

The conclave will feature superintendent presenters Carlos Garcia from San Francisco USD, and John Deasy from LAUSD.

Noted researchers scheduled to participate include Angela Valenzuela, professor, Department of Educational Administration, University of Texas; Aida Walqui, director, Teacher Professional Development Program, WestEd; and Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, professor, Child and Adolescent Development, California State University, San Jose.

There will also be two special panel sessions with researchers and superintendents, including audience Q&A.

More information about CALSA and the conclave can be found online at