Bobby has been involved in education transformation and innovative instruction for all of her professional career and has an extensive background working in large, urban, underperforming schools. Her passion in this area led her to the UCLA School Management Program (UCLA SMP) where she was a full-time faculty member for 16 years. Prior to joining UCLA SMP, Bobby served 40 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), having taught all grade levels, and co-created the first magnet school in LAUSD, eventually guiding it to charter status. She led the magnet school to a model integration of technology and curriculum. Bobby also co-anchored Writing to Learn, an initiative that has been implemented in many schools in LAUSD and throughout Los Angeles County. While at UCLA SMP, Bobby provided training, coaching, and support in management, instructional leadership, reading, language arts, and math to over 500 schools throughout the state. Bobby led UCLA SMP teams as an outside provider for schools in the Immediate Intervention of Underperforming Schools Program (II/USP), High Priority Schools Grant (HPSG), School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT), and Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) programs, helping many schools make dramatic turnarounds in student achievement. In addition, Bobby has been a consultant for Apple Computer and has worked with many school districts across the country integrating technology into the curriculum. Contact: bblatt@ALL-online.org
Dan Chernow, Ed.D.
Project Leader Emeritus
Dan Chernow is the Project Leader Emeritus for Associates in Learning and Leadership (ALL). For 15 years, Dan served as the Executive Director of the UCLA School Management Program. He holds an Ed.D. from UCLA in educational leadership as well as Master's degrees in education and history. His professional background includes being a secondary school history teacher and 32 years with Pacific Theatres Corporation where he last served as vice president and assistant general manager. Dan has served on the California State Board of Education, acting as its Legislative Committee chair; on the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, serving a term as its chair; and, on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He has also engaged as a lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in its graduate education program, in the UCLA GSE&IS doctoral Educational Leadership Program, and in the Teacher Education Program at California State University, Northridge. In 2001, Dan was selected as a Distinguished Alumni from California State University, Northridge, and in 2006, Dan received the first Professional Achievement Award from the Educational Leadership Program, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Contact: dchernow@ALL-online.org
In her 45-year career, Jenée has served as a teacher, department chair, and curriculum developer for high school and college English courses (25 years). After being selected in 1977 as a Fellow of the first UCLA Writing Project, Jenée became a Writing Project Teacher/Consultant, providing workshops in Language Arts for K-12 teachers throughout California. Additionally, Jenée designed and directed numerous workshops, seminars, retreats, and institutes for schools and colleges throughout the U.S. For 10 years, as Director of Socratic Seminars—Los Angeles, she provided Socratic Seminar leadership training to K-University teachers. Jenée helped create and supervise the language arts curriculum for the GALAXY Classroom®, integrating language arts and science with technology. As a Faculty Member of the UCLA School Management Program, she helped develop and deliver a wide range of professional development institutes for many California schools and school districts, including workshops designed to prepare low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Jenée holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.A. in English from UCLA. Contact: jgossard@ALL-online.org
Janet holds a B.A. from UCLA and a M.A. in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to her work as an Educational Coach/Consultant with Associates in Learning and Leadership (ALL), Janet has taught the Curriculum and Instruction course in the UCLA Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) since it began in 2000. Janet worked for the UCLA School Management Program from 1996-2002 and again from 2005-2011. While at UCLA SMP, she co-directed the Reading by Nine Principal’s Leadership Initiative and facilitated a wide variety of professional development, including the Critical Friends Institutes. From 2002-2005, she worked at Local District 2 in LAUSD, serving schools in multiple capacities. In 2004-2005, she was District 2’s Secondary Literacy Coordinator, responsible for increasing content literacy in twenty middle and high schools. She led a multi-disciplinary team of ten district-based teacher-advisors and administrators and 28 site-based literacy coaches. She also guided the work of 120 literacy cadre members. In 2003—2004, she served as a Science Specialist, designing and facilitating science professional development for teachers in 60 elementary schools. In 2002—2003, she facilitated writing institutes for all secondary English teachers and supported schools in leadership development. Prior to 2002, Janet was curriculum advisor for the Galaxy Classroom® Language Arts Programs, a classroom teacher for over twenty years, a mentor teacher, and a member of the statewide Equity in Mathematics Education Project. Contact: jhoward@ALL-online.org
Senior Research Associate
Ofelia specializes in qualitative research methods, including surveys, site visits, case studies, focus groups and interviews, classroom observations, and data analysis. Ofelia has experience conducting research and program evaluations in the area of education, ranging from K-12 grades to post-secondary education. Her interests include parent involvement, teacher collaborative practices, learning from student work, classroom walk-throughs, comprehensive knowledge for English learners, and equity and access in education. She attended K-12 grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is a proud graduate of Huntington Park High School. Her doctorate is in the field of Education. Contact: ohuidor@ALL-online.org
Barbara has a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.Ed. in teaching reading from UCLA, and an M.A. in counseling from California Lutheran University. For five years, Barbara was a lecturer in the curriculum and instruction course at the UCLA Principal Leadership Institute (PLI). She worked with the UCLA School Management Program (SMP) as a member of the Curriculum Design Team and the LEARN Governance Task Force after 17 years as a middle and high school English and reading teacher, high school counselor, restructuring grant coordinator, high school year-round coordinator, and teacher-advisor for new teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her work at UCLA SMP included facilitating teacher-administrator leadership teams, Critical Friends Groups (CFG) Institutes, Classroom Walk-Through (CWT) Institutes, secondary literacy projects, and administrative coaching. She has also worked in Georgia -- in Eastern Europe -- at Ilia State University where she consulted and mentored university faculty in pedagogy, course design, and program evaluation. Contact: bknight@ALL-online.org
Science Instructional Specialist
Dave taught chemistry and integrated science at North Hollywood High School (Los Angeles Unified School District) for 26 years. He taught various science courses, including college level chemistry in England. He is a principal author of a nationally recognized high school chemistry textbook. He designed a chemistry course, approved by the University of California, that focuses on inquiry. He administered the science program for over fifty thousand students as a science specialist in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was a part-time faculty member at UCLA's Center X, and a consultant to the School Management Program. Dave is currently consulting faculty at the Center for Math and Science Teachers at Loyola Marymount University. As a consultant for It's About Time Publishers, he lead a professional development team in Prince George's County, Maryland, was the IAT coordinator of the chemistry professional development program in the Baltimore City Public Schools, and was the coordinator of professional development for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Dave holds a bachelor's degree from Mt. Carmel College and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Contact: dkukla@ALL-online.org
Barbara specializes in processes of collaborative leadership and learning, including vision-focused strategic planning, and protocols for sharing decision-making and learning together. Previously, in her eleven years as a faculty member of UCLA School Management Program (UCLA SMP), she supported schools in establishing and sustaining collaborative cultures and organizational structures centered on student learning: External evaluator and program implementation assistance with underperforming schools in the II/USP, HPSG, and CSR programs; assisting high schools in transitioning to an effective “small learning communities” model; coaching in the Reading by 9 Principals’ Leadership Initiative; grant writing and project development; working with teachers of all ELL populations (K-12) to support implementation of goals and provide effective classroom strategies; facilitating workshops and providing on-site coaching to develop shared leadership, parent and community partnerships, school-wide collaborative inquiry processes such as classroom walk-throughs and Critical Friends Group (student work) protocols focused on student learning; and integration of technology tools. Prior to the UCLA SMP work and her current faculty position with ALL, Barbara taught for 25 years in the Ontario-Montclair School District where she served as a mentor teacher, G.A.T.E. facilitator, and technology trainer. She has taught technology courses as well as graduate level courses leading to teacher credentials at California State University, San Marcos, the University of La Verne, and Pacific Oaks College. Her significant community projects have encompassed: a model technology research project with parents and students; an environmental science community-business-school district partnership that annually involved 1200 students, seven school districts, and local environmental agencies; technology strategic planning and school networking projects; and the coordination of local CUE (Computer-Using Educator) conferences. As a consultant for Discovery Communications, Inc., Barbara facilitated technology workshops for educators and parents and designed online curricular resources. She holds an M.A. from Pacific Oaks College, a B.A. from Scripps College, and was awarded Computer-Using Educators’ “Gold Disk” Award for contributions to the organization. Barbara served as an Advisory Board member to the Institute at Indian Hill, the applied research center of Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies. She is a contributing author to the book, Breaking Through to Effective Teaching: A Walk-through Protocol Linking Student Learning and Professional Practice. Contact: blinsley@ALL-online.org
Assistant Project Leader
Prior to joining ALL, Lisa was the Director of Events & Marketing at the UCLA School Management Program (SMP) where she was on staff for 15 years. Prior to her work at UCLA SMP, Lisa worked as a political campaign fundraiser for numerous statewide and local political candidates and ballot initiatives, and spent four years as an instructor for Capitol Focus, a political awareness program in Sacramento for California high school students. Since 1996, she has served on the Board of Directors for the UCLA Rose Bowl Bruins where she coordinates various alumni-focused events throughout the year. Lisa is also a long-time member of the UCLA Bruin Caucus Council where she volunteers along with other UCLA alumni and friends to support the University's advocacy efforts with local, state, and federal legislators. Her community involvement includes volunteer work with the Linda Vista~Annandale Association where she serves as Communications Chair, and volunteer work with the Pasadena City Council District 6 Advisory Group. Lisa served as Chairperson of the St. Lucy's Priory High School Consultative Board (2010-2013) where she spearheaded the design and implementation of the school's inaugural four-year Strategic Plan. She holds a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the nation's Convention Industry Council and graduated from UCLA's esteemed Professional Development Program (PDP) in 2004, and the Disney Institute's Approach to Leadership Excellence Program in December 2008. She is a 1992 graduate of UCLA, where she received dual Bachelor's degrees in History and Political Science. Contact: lmanning@ALL-online.org
Patricia Martinez-Miller, Ph.D.
Project Leader and Educational Coach/Consultant
Prior to her work at ALL, Pat was the Director of Faculty at the UCLA School Management Program. Pat holds a Ph.D. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Southern California. She has taught at USC and California State University, Los Angeles for over 20 years, where she taught graduate courses in curriculum and instruction, including language acquisition, and specific courses in the teaching of mathematics, science, social science, and language arts. Pat was a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 27 years, and left the principalship of Magnolia Avenue Elementary School in 1993 to join UCLA SMP. She served twelve years as a member of the governing board of the South Pasadena Unified School District. Her emphasis is on linking leadership and learning to create schools where all students flourish. Contact: pmartinezmiller@ALL-online.org
Bruce Matsui, Ed.D.
Bruce was born in Manzanar, California, but raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. He enters his 45th year in the field of education having served as a teacher in all grades in the Los Angeles and Montebello Unified School Districts. His school administrative experience includes: Curriculum Coordinator of Elementary Math Education, Assistant Principal, and 14 years of principalship in the Montebello Unified School District. In addition, Bruce served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Office California School Leadership Academy and Deputy Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. In 1995, he began his career in higher education as a professor at the School of Educational Studies at the Claremont Graduate University. In addition to his educational career, Bruce served in VISTA in New York City and the Peace Corps in El Salvador. He is fluent in Spanish and has receptive language in Japanese. He has worked as a consultant in the State of Hawaii for the past 18 years having trained administrators, worked on improving failed schools, and is currently engaged with the Hawaii Department of Education in the development and use of data in a statewide planning protocol. Bruce has also worked with districts throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Mississippi. He earned his Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. His research interests have been focused on resiliency, the issue of incarceration in America's predisposed populations, and school improvement. Contact: bmatsui@ALL-online.org
Wayne Snyder, Ph.D.
Science Instructional Specialist
Wayne was a secondary science teacher, department chair, curriculum developer, and an adjunct professor working with K-8 teachers in New York State. He moved to California to become assistant director of the Caltech Precollege Science Initiative (CAPSI). Wayne was a part-time Faculty Advisor and then a full-time Assistant Professor of Practice at Claremont Graduate University, teaching and supervising beginning teachers. Courses taught included Science Pedagogy and Methods, Teaching and Learning Practices, Theory and Practice - ELLs, and Inquiry, Literacy, and The Brain. He has been a leader/trainer in a number of national programs, including Operation Physics, Physics Teaching Resource Agent, and Engineering Concepts in the Classroom. Wayne served on the Test Development Committee for AP Physics and has made numerous presentations at NSTA, NCTM, and other state and national conferences. He consulted with districts in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere, and has been working with teachers at all levels in Jackson State's Mississippi Science Academy Teaching (MAST) projects. Wayne's areas of interest include Effective Instruction (Inquiry-Based, Learner-Centered), Academic Success for all Students (including ELL, SPED, low achievers, underrepresented groups, etc.), STEM and Literacy, Formative Assessment, and Brain Targeted Teaching. His research and publishing have been focused on efforts that directly impact classroom practitioners. Wayne was also a senior research associate in the Making Algebra Accessible Project (MAAP), a professional development/research project training for K-6 teachers to recognize and develop early algebraic reasoning in their students. Contact: wsnyder@ALL-online.org
Barry has extensive experience in teaching and school administration, as well as experiences as a former Faculty member of the UCLA School Management Program (SMP), an Instructional Improvement Coach at UCLA Center X — a center for research and practice for urban school professionals – and as an Instructional Improvement Associate with a national private consulting firm. He is a member of the California Department of Education’s IASA School Improvement Coaching Cadre (“The Distinguished Educator Program”), is trained in Cognitive Coaching, Blended Coaching, the National Staff Development Council’s “Facilitating Learning Communities,” and helped develop the California Department of Education’s Professional Development Reform Initiative — “Designs for Learning.” Prior to his work at UCLA SMP, Barry was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office, where he was responsible for various academic programs, as well as Literacy, Multilingual, Dual Immersion, and the school improvement coaching process. He has also worked with the 21st Century Educational Resources Center, and served as the Principal Investigator for the Six Million Dollar NASA sponsored Student and Teacher Excellence Project (STEP) Team (Developmental Grant). While at the Orange County Department of Education, he was a member of the core staff for the California Leadership Academy’s School Center and the Regional Lead for “Second to None” and “SB 1274.” As a teacher, principal, coach, and facilitator, Barry is known for focusing on equity-based student learning and achievement and leadership in establishing sustainable learning communities. His work has included all grade levels and included extensive experience at under-performing schools and districts in urban, rural, and suburban areas throughout California. His training in the above mentioned coaching approaches is extremely helpful as he mentors new and experienced educators. Contact: btambara@ALL-online.org