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Statewide Office

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Deborah Costa-Hernandez
Statewide Office Executive Director 
dcostahernandez@ucsd.edu 

 

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Clarissa White
Program/Financial Manager - Statewide Office & Regional Office
c3white@ucsd.edu

 


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Betsy Hall
Professional Learning Coordinator
eshall@ucsd.edu

 

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Jaime Fagan
Program Coordinator
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California Lutheran University

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Alison McCormick
Director
ammccorm@callutheran.edu

It’s wonderful to be part of such an esteemed project. As a teacher and an administrator I have had the good fortune to have been on the receiving end of many of CRLP’s signature programs. These programs have helped me and so many of my colleagues improve our classroom practices, advance literacy for our students, and continue our learning journey as educators. As Director of region 8, I look forward to continuing the important work of CRLP’s mission to “provide high-quality, standards-aligned professional development in reading and language instruction to ensure that every California K-12 student achieves the highest standards of academic performance.

 

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Michele Schuerger
Program Specialist 
crlp@callutheran.edu

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Loyola Marymount University

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Gina Chavez
Director 
Gina.Chavez@lmu.edu

When I was a novice teacher, I was looking for a network of teachers outside my district that I could collaborate with and discuss best practices for instructing English Language Learners. I found CRLP over 20 years ago and have never left. CRLP has always provided the most current and relevant professional development that I could find. The motto has always resonated with me: Teachers as Learners, Teachers as Leaders. Advancing literacy for ALL students in California.

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CSU Fresno

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Patricia Lopez
Director
pslopez@mail.fresnostate.edu

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In CRLP I've found a family. As a professional family, they support teacher agency, unity and equity. In CRLP, I find a space where it is safe to (de) normalize, (de) colonize, and (rev)olutionize literacy for all of California's teachers and students. We build teacher capacity state-wide; I love my role as a regional director- Central Valley/Fresno. 

CSU Sacramento

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Eric Claravall
Director
eric.claravall@csus.edu

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Gail Bruce
Associate Director 
gbruce@csus.edu

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CRLP’s ability to stay current and to subsequently make adjustments to professional learning has kept me engaged in my own cycle of improvement along with the organization. For me, this captures my CRLP journey, from the beginning as a Results-school teacher to my current position as the regional director, toggling between continuous improvement as an individual and as a group. Therefore, self-reflection and collaboration with thoughtful colleagues define my involvement.

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Dorothy Nambiar
Admin. Assistant
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 Imperial County of Education

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Fawn Nielsen
Co-Director

fawn.nielsen@icoe.org

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Abel Juarez
Co-Director

abel.juarez@icoe.org

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Rocio Obeso
Clerical Assistant
rocio.obeso@icoe.org

UC Berkeley

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George Ellis
Director
georgeellis@berkeley.edu

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Being part of the California Reading and Literature Project means belonging to a larger community of dynamic teacher leaders and university faculty who share the same passion and dedication towards advancing literacy for all students in our state. I have been with the project for almost two decades now, and am still inspired by the quality and depth of the learning opportunities that CRLP offers to our community of educators statewide.  I hope to inspire our current and future generations of teachers to find the same camaraderie, wisdom, and motivation among our statewide network of teacher leaders that originally brought me to become part of the CRLP learning community.


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Kara S. Whiston
Associate Director
kswhiston@berkeley.edu

My journey with CRLP began 23 years ago, when as a new teacher I sought support and guidance and attended my first RESULTS training.  What I learned that week would forever impact my teaching and my belief in the importance of being a constant learner.  After countless hours of PD and numerous different roles, I feel lucky to have joined the CRLP family all those years ago.

UC Irvine

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Betty Isa
Co-Director
bisa@uci.edu

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CRLP has held a special place in my professional career since 2000 when UCI became a regional site. For over 10 years, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside two amazing colleagues. I’m truly appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of a regional and statewide organization of teacher professional learning providers that genuinely cares and works diligently to support teachers and students with language and literacy learning. What keeps me engaged in this work is the hope that I may be playing a small part in positively impacting the lives of students through meaningful and quality professional learning opportunities for teachers.

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Linda Palomino
Co-Director
lpalomin@uci.edu

My first encounter with CRLP was in 2002, as a teacher attending a professional learning institute. That institute provided me with instructional strategies that I needed to engage my students who were language learners and I was one hundred percent on board. As I continued to have more opportunities to interact with the CRLP community, what drew me in was the clear mission for equity and collegiality. Twenty years have passed, and I continue to be grateful to be a part of CRLP as a co-director for the UCI/Orange County region.

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Robyn Lee-Giuseffi
Co-Director
rleegius@uci.edu

I am grateful to have been a part of CRLP since 2002 for both the professional relationships and learning. Think back to your favorite teacher, the one who accepted you, pushed you to be better, and made you believe that you could. CRLP is one of my beloved teachers and a big section of my “favorite teacher” pie chart. Yes, I have learned to apply countless concrete literacy planning and teaching skills from CRLP signature programs, CRLP teacher leaders, and other CRLP educator partners. Just as importantly, though, this community has consistently modeled the mindset that learning is always possible and that collaboration provides the new perspective we need to move forward. Many things have changed in the years since I attended my first CRLP institute and was welcomed into the CRLP community. What has never wavered though, is CRLP’s commitment to literacy for all students and the power of teachers.

UC Los Angeles

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Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd
Director 
andersonbyrd@gseis.ucla.edu

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I have been leading and learning in CRLP since 1998. CRLP is an organization that has allowed me continuously to grow as a professional educator. We have the unique opportunity in this project to address all literacy needs including critical literacy and social justice. It is also the collegial environment that exists within our local and statewide projects that cannot be dismissed, the mentors and relationships I have made over the years are priceless. 



UC San Diego

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Sarah Peterson
Regional Director
sgpeterson@ucsd.edu

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I'm proud to make the CRLP my professional home because it is a community that uplifts and empowers. It's where I, and our Teacher Leadership corps, engage with the most cutting-edge pedagogy, educational research, and application. This melding of best practices and community-based learning/doing is what makes the CRLP truly unique. Together, we lean into our vision statement: "Teachers as Learners and Leaders:  Advancing Literacy for all Students in California".

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Clarissa White
Program Manager
c3white@ucsd.edu