Advisory Board

The Inside California Education Advisory Board provides a high level resource for the Series as issues and segments are selected and planned.
Vernon BillyExecutive Director, California School Board Association
E. Toby BoydPresident, California Teachers Association
Martin BradyExecutive Director, Schools Insurance Authority
Susanna CooperManaging Director, Wheelhouse, UC Davis & Senior Fellow, Stuart Foundation
Lupita Cortez AlcaláDirector, Education Policy & Outcomes, WestEd
Xilonin Cruz-GonzalezBoard Member, Azusa USD
Linda Darling-HammondCharles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
Tatia DavenportExecutive Director, California Association of School Business Officials
General DavieFormer Superintendent, San Juan USD
Delaine EastinFormer California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Louis FreedbergExecutive Director, EdSource
Jeff FreitasPresident, California Federation of Teachers
Jeff FrostExecutive Director, California Suburban School Districts Association
Martin GonzalezFormer Executive Director, Institute for Local Government
Dave GordonSuperintendent, Sacramento County Office of Education
Kevin GordonPresident, Capitol Advisors Group, LLC.
John GrayPresident, School Services of California
Jerry GreenwellChief Executive Officer, CPS-HR Consulting
Sherry GriffithExecutive Director, California State PTA
Gary HartFormer California Secretary of Education
Glen HarveyChief Executive Officer, WestEd
Celia JaffePresident, California State PTA
Arron JironFormer Associate Director Of Education, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Camille MabenExecutive Director, First 5 California
Julio MartinezExecutive Director, ScholarShare Investment Board
Martha Martinez & Ofelia Ceja-LariviereCo-executive directors, California Association of Latino School Administrators
Jack O’Connell Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Laura RodriguezSenior Director, California Governmental Relations, The College Board
Jay SchenirerCouncil Member, City of Sacramento
Wes SmithExecutive Director, Association of California School Administrators
Karen Stapf-WaltersExecutive Director, California County Superintendents Association
Samantha TranSenior Managing Director, Education Policy, Children Now
Ben ValdepeñaPresident, California School Employees Association
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Tony Thurmond
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Inside California Education tells the most important, captivating and unique stories directly from California’s classrooms. This award-winning public TV series has helped Californians from across the state better understand education issues and learn about innovative programs that are making a difference. Most importantly, it celebrates the hardworking people – from principals to teachers to parents to bus drivers – who dedicate their careers to providing the best possible educational experience for our children.”

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Linda Darling Hammond
Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

"Inside California Education is an important new public television series focused on the stories, challenges, and issues of public education in California. Parents, citizens, educators and policymakers will become better informed and all will benefit from deeper views of the many complex issues facing education in California. You will find this exciting public television initiative an exceptional opportunity for us to become better informed and act in support of public education."

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Jack O'Connell
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction

"Inside California Education is a very exciting program which is going to be new throughout California. It's going to enable us to utilize Public Television to really dig deeper and more thoughtfully in the way we address many of the complex issues facing California today. Inside California Education is going to be exploring key fundamental education issues. I hope that you will be watching."

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