USD to Host Five Major Educational Conferences in July

Highlighting its growing role in providing educational leadership and training to promote student achievement and better schools, the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) will host five major conferences in July.

“From the elementary to the college level, these five conferences show the depth and breadth of SOLES commitment to help develop the educational leaders needed to transform California’s schools for the 21st century,” said SOLES Dean Paula Cordeiro. This fall, SOLES faculty and staff also will move into a new, state-of-the-art, $36 million, 80,000-square-foot building that will allow them to do even more in its four areas of focus – education, leadership, counseling and marriage and family therapy.

The series of conferences begin with the SOLES’ Educational Leadership Development Academy summer institute from July 8-11 that will provide school leaders with the tools they need to create better schools. Prominent experts from California and across the nation will present successful strategies to improve teaching and learning, develop plans for action and achieve dramatic results.

Presenters include Michael Schmoker, author of “Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement” and Randolph Ward, the recently appointed San Diego County Superintendent of Schools who helped the Oakland Unified School District eliminate a $6 million shortfall while simultaneously showing greater improvement on the state’s Academic Performance Index than any school system in California.

“Leadership for Change” is the subject of a three-day conference, July 13-15, that will help educators create change in their organizations in the midst of unprecedented global and technological change.

From July 16-19, SOLES will host the 52nd annual World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching in connection with the seventh annual Border Pedagogy Conference.

Scholars and administrators from universities, colleges, departments, and institutes of education, as well as government ministries and agencies, professional organizations, and the business sector interested in educational development are invited to participate in this unique international forum on education and to share their ideas, research, and experience with their colleagues from around the world.The program will offer challenging general sessions by world leaders and scholars, as well as concurrent and round table sessions by a multi-national cadre of educators.

For the first time, the fifth annual School Counselor Summer Leadership Institute will be held on the West Coast at USD from July 23-27. The theme “The Transformative Power of Research and Evaluation” will offer counselors the latest in both practice and theory to help support students and improve the quality of guidance and counseling student support programs and services.

From July 29-Aug. 2, the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI), a partner of USD and SOLES, will host a summer leadership academy to help new and existing community college leaders expand their institution’s capacity for teamwork to address high priority challenges and opportunities.

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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.