Educational Data & Leadership Certificate


Summer 2019 Registration is now open!

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Dr. Ayumi Nagase

The Educational Data Leadership Certificate program provides P-14 administrators, directors, educators and professionals in the community and non-profit sectors with the necessary analytic techniques to improve instructional and educational effectiveness, discover new approaches, and to optimize the quality of decision-making and leadership techniques with the use of data and data systems. The certificate program leads learners in identifying data sources for effective use and determining the best analysis to improve and provide leadership strategies to promote an equitable and informed education environment where staff, students and members of the entire school community can work together to improve student outcomes.

The 10 day, summer-intensive program, includes workshops, labs, group discussion, and oral presentations. The certificate program has seven themes build into the course:

  • Examining Education Equity and Access/Demographics
  • Studying Third Grade Reading Assessment data; eigth grade Mathematics Assessment data
  • Informing Leadership through Data/Research
  • Utilizing your own data to conduct data analysis, formulate interpretations, and share results with peers.
  • Create a community with a collective responsibility for collaboration to leads to real impact.
  • Building on knowledge through empowerment
  • Creating powerful connections between student data and teaching and learning.

Interested in Summer 2019?

  • Registration is now open.
  • Class Details: June 17 – 21, and June 24-28 (10 days), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (1 hour lunch).
  • Sonoma State University Campus.
  • Cost: $100* - covers course and textbooks.
  • SSU Parking: Parking is $5 per day at SSU. General parking permits may be purchased at the Information Booth at the Cotati Avenue entrance, or at the yellow permit machines located in lots F, J, L and M.

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*The Spring and Summer 2019 Educational Data & Leadership Certificate course has been underwritten by a grant from the Gary and Marcia Nelson Family Fund.

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Lori Rhodes

Dr. Lori Rhodes, is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sonoma State University. She has worked in education for over twenty years, serving as a teacher and an administrator in public, independent, and charter schools in California, New York, and Connecticut. She holds a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University and a PhD in History of Education from Stanford University. Dr. Rhodes is committed to providing educational opportunities for all students by creating a rigorous and supportive college and career ready culture.

Ayumi Nagase

Dr. Ayumi Nagase has been a professor of Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University since 2016. One of her long-standing interests is promoting young students’ growth through effective collaborations among family, school, and the larger community. Since 2008, she has been involved with a number of research projects focusing on effective ways to promote equity in educational settings by empowering mothers’ self-efficacy beliefs across diverse countries. Dr. Nagase received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Human Development and Education Program (Cognition and Development), at University of California, Berkeley; her M.A. from San Francisco State University, College of Behavioral and Social Science; and her B.A., Department of Law, Public Policy Program, Kumamoto University (Kumomoto, Japan). Dr. Ayumi has been a lecturer in the School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California and a Lecturer for the Department of Business and Commerce, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Nagase has had several publications and articles relating to parenting, socioeconomic status, , and equity and diversity in early childhood education.

Yoonjeon Kim

Dr. Yoonjeon Kim, is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the social organization of schools and classrooms, instructional practices, and comparative education and policy. She also examines how social structure and families’ cultural backgrounds shape the educational environment of immigrant children and their learning in the U.S. She draws on sociological perspectives and advanced quantitative methods, working with large-scale national and international data. In recognition of her growing body of scholarship, she was selected as a member of the 2017-2018 American Educational Research Association and Society for Research on Child Development Early Career Fellow.

Jesus Guzman

Jesus Guzman, is a Program Associate with PolicyLink, a national research institute advancing racial and economic equity. Jesús supports the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color team by providing policy and data analysis to community partner organizations serving low-income communities of color in California. Jesús also brings experience in providing economic analysis with the Marin Economic Forum and previously served as the Program Director for Centro Laboral de Graton. He holds a master's in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.