2022 CEL Keynote Speakers
Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins – Sunday, November 20, 2022
Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., is the founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With more than eleven years in education, he has served as a teacher, a principal, and a director of special education. Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in social science education, an M.S. degree in educational leadership, and a Ph.D. in K–12 education. You can find him on Instagram at @sheldoneakins and on Twitter at @sheldoneakins.
Dr. Isaac Huang – Monday, November 21, 2022
Dr. Huang is a firm believer in growth mindsets and building a culture of active learners. He is focused on equity and diversity and currently serves on the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Inaugural Equity Task Force. Furthermore, Dr. Huang is an advocate for the power of mentorship. A graduate of the CALSA Mentoring Program Cohort 12, Dr. Huang dedicates his free time to serving others through his work on the CALSA Mentoring Committee and is working with fellow Asian administrators in the formal development of CAAPLE (California Association of Asian & Pacific Leaders in Education).
He started his career teaching toddlers and preschool-aged children before becoming an elementary school teacher and then a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) focused on curriculum and second language acquisition. Dr. Huang has also spent time teaching learners at Rose City Continuation High School in Pasadena and postsecondary candidates in the MAT Program at the University of Southern California as an adjunct professor. Dr. Huang has served as assistant principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. He is currently the principal and lead learner at Madrona Elementary, which supports the moderate and severe special education needs of children in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
Dr. Lee Ann Jung – Monday, November 21, 2022
Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D., is CEO of Lead Inclusion, clinical professor at San Diego State University, and a consultant to schools worldwide. She provides support to schools in the areas of Universal Design for Learning, inclusion, intervention, and mastery-based assessment and grading. Before beginning a career in higher education, she worked in special education in the roles of teacher and administrator. She is a former full professor and director of international partnerships in the University of Kentucky College of Education. Lee Ann has authored 6 books and more than 45 journal articles and book chapters and has served as associate editor for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), section editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Education, guest editor and editorial board member of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Lee Ann is past chair of the Classroom Assessment special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. You can find her online at LeadInclusion.org and on Twitter at @leeannjung.
Sarah Rafael García – Tuesday, November 22, 2022
A child of immigrants and a first-generation graduate, Sarah Rafael García has more than thirteen years of experience as an arts leader in Orange County and a literary arts advocate nationally. She’s the founder of Barrio Writers, LibroMobile, and Crear Studio—all art programs initiated as a response to build cultural relevance and equity for BIPOC folks in her community. As of 2020, her community projects collectively established the LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC).
In 2010, Congressman Lou Correa honored García with the Women Making a Difference award, and in 2011 she was awarded for Outstanding Contributions to Education by the OC Department of Education. She obtained an MFA. in creative writing with a cognate in media studies in 2015. In 2016, García was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales multi–media exhibition, which was supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation. The bilingual, short story collection was recently added as a required ethnic studies read in the Santa Ana Unified School District. In 2018, she was honored as an Emerging Artist at the 19th Annual OC Arts Awards. In 2019, she was recognized as an inaugural ASU Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow and a recipient of the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts—Project Row Houses Fellowship. Currently, she splits her time stacking books and curating BIPOC art exhibitions, while developing an archival ethnofiction project for the life of Modesta Avila as a 2020 USLDH Mellon-Funded Grantee and 2021 ARCUS Fellow. She gives credit to her parents’ GED education and the migrant labor that brought her grandparents to the US as the source of her perseverance and the foundation of her accomplishments.
Past CEL Conventions
2021 CEL Annual Convention
Leading with Balance: Achieving Harmony with an Ever-Changing World
November 21–22, 2021
2020 CEL Annual Convention
Dynamic Leadership: Inspiring Literacy Leaders to Imagine, Innovate, and Invent
November 22–23, 2020
2019 CEL Annual Convention
Creating Opportunities: Leadership to Ignite Movements and Momentum
November 22-24, 2019
2018 CEL Annual Convention
CELebrating the Vision, Voice, and Momentum of Leadership
November 18-20, 2018
2017 CEL Annual Convention
Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity
November 19-20, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
2016 CEL Annual Convention
November 20-22, 2016
2015 CEL Annual Convention
A Leader’s Legacy
November 22-24, 2015
2014 CEL Annual Convention
Leading in a Collaborative World
November 23-25, 2014
2013 CEL Annual Convention
Transformative Literacy Leadership and Learning
November 24-26, 2013
2012 CEL Annual Convention
Writing as Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Writing and Reflective Practice
November 18-20, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
2011 CEL Annual Convention
November 22-24, 2011