Professional Development

Professional Development

Quality professional development opportunities are essential to empowering educators with equity and access. We know as educators, you are always busy, JSPAC aims to provide engaging, professional development regional workshops, webinars, e-seminars, and an annual conference.

NOTE: The CA Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC) virtual sessions will be recorded. When an individual enter these events, they will be entering an area where video, audio recording and photography may occur. Your entrance into the virtual session will serve as your voluntary agreement to permit JSPAC and its affiliates, representatives and licensees to use your image, likeness, voice, and comments made by you and/or information obtained about you (including your name) for editorial, promotional, marketing or other purposes in any media now known or hereafter devised. Please submit and sign our Media/Photo Release Wavier

Humanity Forward Webinar Series»

Focused on a humanity forward approach, with an emphasis on moving us to effectively contribute to the "Education to End Hate” initiative by the California Department of Education and the diversity, equity and inclusion work of the California Community Colleges. Below are the Professional Development Webinar Series  from February - May.  

These *sessions were intentionally design with a scaffold approach. They are limited to 50 people to allow for each participant  to engage and learn from another  in the training sessions.

*Humanizing Data, Equity Focused Data Analyses  Part I (Limited to 50 people)
Presented by Ricardo Romanillos and Ashley Conrad, NAPE

Tuesday, March 2nd
10:30am-12:00pm (PST)

Student data can be a powerful tool to address equity gaps within our institutions. The lens we apply and the assumptions we make however will dramatically alter the effect of data analyses for marginalized students and families. Join NAPE in this first sessions where we’ll unpack how to process student data sets while also assessing their inherent limitations to guide our interventions.

*Humanizing Data, Equity Focused Data Analyses Part II (Limited to 50 people)
Presented by Ricardo Romanillos and Ashley Conrad, NAPE

Thursday, April 1st
10:30am-12:00pm (PST)

Interventions to address barriers for students within our schools and colleges are well documented within the literature. Knowing which to employ is the most important question! Join NAPE in this second session where we’ll share three research-based resources targeting the needs of special populations. These resources will include actionable strategies and national support organizations that can further support the work.

*Conscious Leadership Leads to Humanity, Part I (Limited to 50 people)
Presented by Lisa M. Wilson and Kim Barker, C.A.R.E.

Wednesday, April 7th 
4:30pm-6:00pm (PST)

This workshop will provide opportunities for learners to engage in interpersonal methodology, reflections, and exchanges pertaining to racial consciousness education, through large and small group discussions.  Learners will practice identifying and connecting personal experiences of systemic racism, as they begin developing a roadmap to dismantle systemic racism, supported by the 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Education.

*Conscious Leadership Leads to Humanity, Part II (Limited to 50 people)
Presented by Lisa M. Wilson and Kim Barker, C.A.R.E.

Tuesday, April 13th 
4:30pm-6:00pm (PST)

This workshop is part two of the “Conscious Leaderships Lead to Humanity” webinar.

It is an Education Affair: Humanizing Virtual Learning Briefing
Presented by Renee Marshall

Monday, May 10th
4:30pm-6:00pm (PST)

Key stakeholders in education formed a statewide professional learning community where they synthesized their experiences in the virtual education space and shared significant contributions to the development of the Humanizing Virtual Learning Guide. Attendees will learn about the JSPAC Humanizing Virtual Learning project, including significant discoveries and take-home messages. Attendees will learn about the Humanizing Virtual Learning Guide including a tool developed by JSPAC, MERRI, which helps inform the Humanizing Education process. We will reflect on the role Humanizing Virtual Learning has on issues of equity and access and share examples of students from special populations that have been positively impacted during their virtual learning experience.


Students have the greatest stake in their education but little to no say about their authentic learning experience. These webinar series is led by students on their views of reimagining education and is for administrators, faculty, counselors to listen to their perspectives of reimaging education in areas of shaping policy, technology, teaching practices, recruitment and enrollment, curriculum content and delivery and inequities/equity in education.

Our Black/African Male Community College Students  
Date: Saturday, February 27th
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm (PST)

An open dialogue among Black and African Male Community College students about reimagining education.

Our Inclusive High School Students
Date: Wednesday, April 28th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm (PST)

An open dialogue among Inclusive High School Students about reimagining education.

Our Latinx Female Community College School Students
Date: Saturday, May 1st
Time:  10:00am -11:30am (PST)

An open dialogue among those who idenitfy as Female Latinx Community College Students about reimagining education.

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