Educators invited to register for OCDE’s ‘Equipping an Emerging Generation’ conference

Seats are still available for an upcoming education conference featuring a pair of highly influential academic experts.

“Equipping an Emerging Generation,” hosted by OCDE and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, will include presentations by renowned author and researcher Michael Fullan and College Board Senior Vice President Trevor Packer from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Emerging-Gen-Invitation-#2-16MAR15Open to educators from local schools, districts and colleges at no cost, the conference will focus specifically on closing the rigor gap, increasing graduation rates, reducing college remediation and fortifying the American workforce. Attendees can register here.

“The themes that will be discussed hold universal significance across all grade levels,” Dr. Mijares said. “Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer have dedicated their lives to improving outcomes for students, and their messages are particularly relevant to teachers and administrators charged with implementing new standards and ensuring college and career readiness and success for all.”

Fullan, an award-winning author and researcher who has become recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, is widely credited with transforming the school system in Ontario, Canada. In recent years, he’s been tapped by state policymakers to help bring similar changes to California, including the implementation of a new accountability system.

Packer is senior vice president at the College Board, responsible for leading and managing Advanced Placement, instruction and college readiness. Since he began overseeing the AP program in 2003, participation in AP courses has more than doubled, and in many states the average exam scores are higher than they were when access to AP was less equitable.

Once again, guests can register for the conference by clicking here or visiting by May 10. The SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union has generously offered to sponsor the event by covering the parking fee of $8 per car.

The Hyatt Regency Orange County is located at 11999 Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove. For more information, contact Jan Mackey at or 714-966-4007.