This is Claudia Frandsen’s 48th year in education. Her mantra has always been “students first.” Claudia has been a para-educator, classroom teacher, elementary principal, and 10 year superintendent of a unified district in Northern California, and is currently the Director of Leadership Support Services in Curriculum and Instruction at VCOE. Ms. Frandsen has extensive training in Restorative Justice and has coordinated the Social Emotional Learning Community of Practice at VCOE for over 3 years. Claudia connected VCOE to the California Principal Support Network created by Dr. Cindy Pilar and supported by UC Davis, which is now the largest program for principal support in California. Claudia presents at state conferences on Leadership and leadership teams.
Claudia has been trained in six different cognitive coaching methods and practices coaching of individuals and teams as the most effective means of change for schools. Claudia participated on the CDE CPSELS Committee to update the state Administrator learning expectations as well as served on the Migrant Education Committee. Claudia is recognized for her collaborative, creative style and doing the right thing for kids and families. Claudia heads the validation process for Distinguished and Blue Ribbon School Programs and facilities VCOE’s well regarded presenters series and has brought nationally known presenters to Ventura County including; Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson, John Hattie, Karen Mapp, Michael Fullan, Keith Matheny and Ricky Robertson. Claudia has reimagined presenters for Ventura county with the upcoming R3: Renew, Reopen, Reimagine (Formerly known as L3: Learn, Lead, Launch) series engaged in equity- based actionable critical conversations.
Jeremy Resnick began his educational career as a high school English teacher in Southern California. He moved to Texas in 2003 where he continued to teach before transitioning as the Director of Assessment for a large district outside of Dallas. In 2008, he returned to California and served as a high school administrator and as an elementary school principal. In 2016, he transitioned to the position of Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Ventura County Office of Education where he helps to support district and school teams in a wide variety of areas connected to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. He focuses on research-based practices, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), that ensure equity for all students while calling attention to the inequitable systems and outcomes for students of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and other underserved students. Additionally, he blends practices aligned with Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Restorative Justice Approaches (RJA), and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to help create school and classroom climates that are welcoming, safe, and respectful of all students and their respective cultures, languages, and backgrounds. For the past four years, Mr. Resnick has also served on the design and training team for the California Assessment Conference and he is eager to share how the resources within the CAASPP system can improve teaching and learning for all.
Dr. Leticia Quezada Ramos, Director of English Learner and Dual Language Programs joined the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) in September 2019 after a 23-year career in K-12 education across Ventura County. Dr. Ramos has served as a Transitional Bilingual Teacher, Dual Language Immersion Master Teacher at a Professional Development School, English Language Development and Literacy Coach, Coordinator of English Learner Services and Migrant Education Programs, and School Principal. Before joining the Ventura County Office of Education, Dr. Ramos served as a Master Principal for the Oxnard School District and under her leadership, Elm Street School earned the distinguished 2019 California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Seal of School Excellence Award for its Dual Language Immersion Program and English Learners improved learning outcomes.
Dr. Ramos was designated an English Learner in elementary schooling and is the product of our county Migrant Education Program, Bilingual Education Program, and schools . On October 2019, Dr. Ramos was the keynote speaker at the Ventura County CABE Conference and in October 2016 was recipient of the Doctoral Scholarship. In November 2019, Dr. Ramos was keynote speaker at the VCOE Special Populations Conference. Dr. Ramos’ research interests include the areas of K-12 dual language programs, critical pedagogy and marginalized communities and groups of students, working with English Learners and second language acquisition, teacher development and culturally sustaining pedagogy, transformative educational leadership, and school-university partnerships.
Dr. Ramos’ core values and ethical framework are a reflection of her belief that education is an equalizer, an investment in social capital, and the opportunity for a better quality of life for all, children and adults alike. Dr. Ramos’ motto is ¡Siempre adelante! Ever onward!
Doctoral Dissertation: Ramos, L.R. (May 2019), “The Impact of Professional Development Schools on Student Learning”.
Dr. Leticia Quezada Ramos