Dr. Ramona E. Bishop, Keynote Speaker
Superintendent, Vallejo Unified School District
Dr. Bishop served as associate superintendent for educational services in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Her professional career also includes teaching, serving as principal of three elementary schools, and holding several district office positions in Emery School District, Sacramento Unified School District, and Del Paso Heights Elementary School District. She was Superintendent of the Del Paso Heights School District prior to its consolidation with three other districts into the Twin Rivers Unified School District.
Colleagues and community members have recognized her for her excellence in education. Dr. Bishop has received the following awards:
- 2010 National Alliance of Black School Educators – Ida B. Wells Risk-Taker Award
- 2008 Region 3 Superintendent of the Year, Association of California School Administrators
- 2007 Distinguished Educator, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
- 2000 Governor’s Performance Award, California Department of Education
Teacher Education Student of the Year, University of San Francisco
Dr. Bishop was chosen as superintendent in February 2011 after a nationwide search which resulted in more than three dozen applicants. Her first official day in the District was April 1, 2011. Before then, she spent several days in the district visiting schools, attending community and Governing Board meetings and meeting with board members, staff members, and parent and community leaders.
Dr. Bishop’s priority is to ensure that all students in the Vallejo City Unified
School District achieve at high levels and are prepared for success in college and career.
Keynote Title: “Answers” (pdf)
As we develop a pipeline to prosperity for all students in the Vallejo City Unified School District we have learned many lessons. Because Vallejo is our nation’s most diverse city and the school district is reflective of that diversity the lessons learned have to do with how to build teams in support of a common mindset and how to ensure that all stakeholders understand their roles in the reform efforts. I will share our successes as well as the challenges we face. I will share what I call system stressors and discuss how to overcome them. Lastly, I will share my thoughts on California’s Local Control Funding Formula and how it should be used to benefit all students moving forward.
Workshop: Equity, Excellence, and Educational Effectiveness
Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop hosted this pipeline to prosperity workshop panel session. This session explored her leadership decisions and the connections between Equity, Excellence, and Educational Effectiveness, with a keen focus on the critical connection to community voice and partnerships. This is a remarkable call to action for teachers, school administrators, community members and policymakers to serve active roles in addressing urban school reform. The discussants provided a holistic understanding of the full-service community school change efforts currently taking place in VCUSD and the connection to restructuring academic programming with a focus on maintaining student interest – Wall to Wall academies and STEAM. The goals of this workshop is to explore the ways we all can create a positive school environment for all students while addressing the social challenges students face and enabling them to flourish in school systems that have historically failed.