LINKS V Los Angeles: Transformational Toolbox




Myron H. Dembo is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.  Dr. Dembo specializes in the areas of learning and motivation with a focus on teaching students how to become more self-regulated learners. He has written three books and over 100 papers and research articles on the teaching- learning process. His educational psychology textbook, Applying Educational Psychology, is now in its 5th edition. His most recent book with Helena Seli is: Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Management Approach (3rd ed). He has consulted with numerous community colleges in California including Pierce Community College, Valley Community College, Riverside Community College, and Sacramento City College. In addition, he has worked with Los Angeles Community College District in developing a Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy, and College of the Canyons in developing an on-line learning how to learn course.

Linda Collins is the Executive Director of the Career Ladders Project (CLP), a non-profit organization working to foster educational and career advancement for Californians through research, policy and direct support to community colleges. CLP has a particular focus on communities historically underrepresented in post-secondary education and high wage careers. Linda is also the founding director of LearningWorks, a new center for linking knowledge, policy and practice in order to improve student achievement in the California Community Colleges.

Linda is frequently asked to consult on state and national policy efforts. Linda worked closely with the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop the statewide Ladders of Opportunity policy initiative and the large-scale Career Advancement Academy (CAA) demonstration project designed to connect young adults to high wage career pathways.  Linda is also a founder of the California EDGE Campaign, a non-partisan coalition—including business, labor, community colleges, workforce boards and social justice organizations—focused on policy change and systems alignment to improve the state’s workforce development system.

Linda served two terms as President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and was founding director of the Inter-segmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum (IMPAC), a major initiative to improve articulation across the segments of higher education in California.  A past chair of the national Committee on Community Colleges of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Linda taught sociology and interdisciplinary studies at Los Medanos College for over 15 years.

Diego James Navarro is founder and principal investigator for the Academy for College Excellence (ACE), formerly known as the Digital Bridge Academy. He is a full-time instructor at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, California, where he has been teaching and developing ACE for the last ten years. Diego began his higher education at Pasadena City College, while supporting himself as a computer support specialist. Diego’s commitment to social change grew, in part, while he was still in college working as a community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee—a Quaker humanitarian aid organization.  He has more than twenty years of experience in research and management with Hewlett Packard Labs, Apple Computer, and was CEO of two successful high-tech start-up companies. Diego holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Antioch University and a Masters degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He has received numerous recognitions for his innovative work with ACE, including the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2009 National Faculty Award.

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