Keynote Sessions


Leading Forward for Transformation Change For the Future Education We Can't Predict
Saturday, September 10, 2022 | Noon - 1:30 pm

Matt J.Navo, Executive Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

Former Director of System Transformation with the Special Education Policy and Practice Division (SEPPD) at WestEd. Matt Navo was the Superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District from 2013-2018. Matt was also formerly appointed to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) in 2015 and again as chair in 2020. Matt is the Author of Collective Efficacy in a PLC at Work, published in 2021 and has contributed to various articles on school reform and improvement, Response to Intervention, Professional Learning Communities and Explicit Direct Instruction. 


Getting it Together While We All Get Together
Sunday September 11, 2022 |  9:00 - 10:30am
This panel will look at plans for expanded mental health services, including the Community Schools movement and the Governor’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI), in the context of county offices and their roles in implementation. We will examine the role of Technical Assistance and the potential impact of expanded mental health services in schools and communities for children, youth, and families.

  Ken Berrick, Board Member on the Alameda COE; Founder and CEO of Seneca Family of Agencies
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive education, mental health, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Mr. Berrick champions a concept called Unconditional Education, which supports vulnerable students, including those with trauma and learning disabilities. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education.

Elizabeth Estes, Executive Director of California Institute on Law, Neuroscience, and Education; Founder of Breaking Barriers California

Dedicated her legal career to supporting schools and the children they serve. She founded Breaking Barriers in 2014 to bring together leaders from across child-serving systems throughout California who are united by the conviction that only through collaborative planning and problem solving can we insure the educational, social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing of California’s children and youth. Elizabeth has recently taken on the role of Executive Director of the California Institute on Law, Neuroscience, and Education (CILNE) to promote a collaborative focus on neuroscience, law, education, and social justice to improve literacy outcomes in school settings for youth.


Toby Ewing, Executive Director, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission with the State of California

Joined the Mental Health Commission in 2015 after working for governance reform as a consultant to the California State Senate, research director at California Forward, and a project manager at the Little Hoover Commission. Toby launched California’s first Mental Health Innovation Summit and an Innovation Incubator to promote novel approaches to improving mental health systems in California.


Katherine Lucero, Director of the Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) with the State of California

Executive Director of the California Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) where Katherine Lucero is leading the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Realignment as required by Senate Bill 823. The OYCR mission is to promote statewide trauma-responsive, culturally informed, and gender respectful services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system that supports the youths’ successful transition into adulthood and helps them become responsible, thriving, and engaged members of their communities.


Jason Okonofua, Psychology Professor at the University of California-Berkeley

A social psychologist in the Psychology Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Okonofua is interested in science-based and scalable strategies to combat inequity in society. This work spans contexts such as education, criminal justice, and business.



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