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2020 had educational leaders on their heels reacting to the pandemic and the government’s response to the health crisis.  Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, we must look at our challenges in a holistic way to engender the sharing of intellectual capital, create better K-12 systems alignment wherever possible, leverage education technology, create future-focused digital initiatives, and influence emerging best practices in order to revolutionize teaching and learning in safe environments.

Learning Objectives:

This event represents a rare opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned across sectors and silos, while building a compelling vision for the future of K-12 education in the United States. Our panelists come from the public school system, private school system, the charter school system, and school health organizations. These organizational leaders are effective strategic thinkers who, as a result of COVID, have had to operate in unknown environments, deal with unanticipated challenges, and seek innovative approaches to when, where, and how to educate students and lead educators. 

This session is an opportunity to explore how teachers, administrators, policy makers and stakeholders can leverage this moment to improve our educational systems, build bridges, and ensure our future is bright. 


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This discussion will be facilitated by Professor Paul De La Cerda, Dean of Instruction, , Office of the President, Advancement, Workforce, Innovation & CTE, East Los Angeles College. 


Paul De La Cerda is the Dean of Instruction and Resource, Economic Development, & Innovation at East Los Angeles College. De La Cerda is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California (USC) and is an experienced instructor, entrepreneurial leader, and higher education professional. De La Cerda plays an integral role in the strategic planning, partnerships, and development processes to expand, market, and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and organizations. De La Cerda is a skilled collaborator and relationship-builder with experience in planning, organizing, and administering CTE/workforce training, credit, and non-credit education programs for local and international students, employees, and business owners. As a beacon for education and as a former School District Board Member, his energy has been a key asset in building and leading teams to meet and exceed organizational missions and goals.

Meet the panel!

Berit von Pohle
California Association of Private Schools Organization (CAPSO)


Berit Von Pohle is the President of the California Association of Private School Organizations and the Director of Education for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She holds B.S., M.A., and Ed.S. degrees in education from La Sierra University. She has worked in Adventist education for over 30 years as a teacher, a counselor, a principal, and most recently as superintendent of schools for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Von Pohle has been a lighthouse for private schools in California and has been a strategic leader for ensuring students can achieve their highest potential.

Myrna Castrejon
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)


Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015.


Whether in community organizing efforts or through her leadership on the national board of Parents for Public Schools, Myrna has been a champion for students and parents, and working diligently to give children high-quality education opportunities when faced with so few equitable choices. Her passion for this critical work is personal too – as a single mother and an immigrant – driven by what she knows is possible when commitment, opportunity and urgency meet to help families carve out better futures.

Myrna is a member of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship’s class and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Ron Williams
Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)


Dr. Williams is the Victor Valley Union High School District (VVUHSD) Superintendent. Dr. Ron Williams has devoted more than 35 years of his life to education, including the last 25 as an administrator. Dr. Williams is Raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Williams attended Arkansas Tech University before coming to California in the 1980’s. He later received a doctorate in education from La Sierra University, teaching English and math before becoming an administrator in 1991. He served as a principal and assistant superintendent in districts across the state and worked for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools before joining VVUHSD in 2012. He was hired as the district’s Superintendent in 2014.

Dr. Williams has been a steadfast leader for all students with a focus on equity and working diligently to ensure all students can unlock their genius.


Pamela Kahn
California School Nurses Association (CSNA)


Pamela Kahn is the Coordinator for Health and wellness for the Orange County Department of Education in California. In this capacity, she provides executive level guidance and consultation regarding health programs and health care to the 28 public school districts in the county. She works closely with the school nurses as well as community and private agencies to provide 500,000 students in Orange County with the health services that they need in order to be successful in school.


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