Ben Daley — Provost, High Tech High Graduate School of Education Rosanna Mecutti — Superintendent, Napa Valley USD Dan Daguara — Assistant Superintendent, Evergreen ESD Sachi Takahashi-Rial — Director, YouthTruth
About the session
The Deeper Learning movement affirms that engagement is the key to student achievement. But is “engagement” an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically leveraged for improvement? And how do we transition systems and mindsets to prioritize engagement over compliance? From an equity standpoint, how can we ensure all students are engaged, not just the students in the front of the class? This session will feature a diverse group of Deeper Learning leaders who manage change at High Tech High, Evergreen School District, and Napa Valley Unified. They’ll share their experience establishing systems to accelerate learning for every student.
About the speakers
Ben Daley serves as Provost for the High Tech High GSE. Ben was a founding teacher, principal, chief operating officer, and chief academic officer at High Tech High. A physics major at Haverford College, Ben taught high school math and science before becoming a basketball coach at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. He earned an M.A. in Science Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, San Diego where he completed a dissertation on using improvement science to increase college access for traditionally underserved students.
Rosanna Mucetti was named Superintendent of Napa Valley Unified School District in spring 2018. Prior to assuming the superintendency, Rosanna held roles from Spanish bilingual teacher to Deputy Superintendent. As Deputy Superintendent, she led instructional reform district-wide to transform San Leandro USD’s approach to technology integration, employee development, and professional learning. In her role as director for the Buck Institute, she trained school and district leaders on how to implement and scale project-based learning. Throughout her career, Rosanna has worked primarily with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. In addition to Napa, she has served the students and communities of San Leandro, San Jose, and Hayward..
As the assistant superintendent of Evergreen School District in San Jose, California, Dan develops high-quality professional learning communities and structures that encourage deeper learning for all learners. Evergreen schools engage students in authentic learning that prepares them with the skills to be globally minded citizens. Evergreen educators define six outcomes for learners: learner, critical thinker, advocate, communicator, innovator, and collaborator. A former teacher and site leader, Dan’s entire professional career has taken place within Evergreen. His long-standing commitment to the students, families, staff and community of the District has provided him the foundation to encourage change and innovation within the system while ensuring and advocating for equitable learning.
Sachi believes that school success must be defined by more than test scores. Education leaders need reliable ways of measuring student engagement, academic rigor, and school culture. YouthTruth measures what matters, and in doing so, makes school more equitable, more relevant, and more enjoyable for all students. As manager of partnerships at YouthTruth, Sachi coaches school and district leaders across the country through the process of interpreting and using student and stakeholder feedback to accelerate improvements. Before joining YouthTruth, Sachi worked at the school, district, and state levels in San Jose; Boston; Washington, DC; and North Carolina. In these roles, she ran afterschool programs, led a team of City Year Americorps Members, and analyzed local and state assessments..