Educators to be Honored at Summer Institute

Pioneering educator Dorothy Inghram will receive a lifetime achievement award; Corona-Norco administrator will receive the Center’s first Educational Justice Practitioner award.

The University of Redlands’ Center for Educational Justice will honor two exceptional educators at its annual Summer Institute on July 12. Educators and those interested in educational justice can register through July 7 for the day-long institute, which will explore “why race still matters” and other issues facing K-12 educators.

The 105-year-old Dorothy Inghram will be honored for her many decades as a trail-blazing educator and will receive the “Lifetime Achievement in Educational Justice Award.” The university will also announce the creation of a scholarship in her name to be given to a student in the School of Education.

Inghram became California’s first black school district superintendent in 1953 when she assumed leadership of the Mill Creek School District. She also was the first African-American teacher in San Bernardino County and its first black principal.

Inghram, an alumna of the classes of 1936 and 1958, studied music at the university on a scholarship and earned a master’s degree in education. She is an author of several books and has been widely recognized for her success in opening doors to area black educators. A public library branch in San Bernardino is named in her honor, as is an elementary school in the city.

Eliseo Davalos, an administrator with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, will receive the inaugural “Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award” from the center.

Davalos has served as the director of student services in the Corona-Norco Unified district for 11 years. He has been a mentor for student cohorts through a program sponsored by the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and he is currently in charge of the district’s diversity education programs. He has helped design and implement student transition programs at the intermediate and high school levels as well as UNITY classes, which bring together those from different backgrounds and experiences, at each of the district’s high schools and alternative school campuses.

His work on diversity issues has resulted in the creation of a three-day district-sponsored diversity camp for high school students; more than 2,000 district high school students and 400 district staff and volunteers have participated in the camp.

The work of these outstanding educators will be showcased during the Summer Institute of the Center for Educational Justice. Workshops and presentations at the one-day event are designed to heighten the awareness of educational justice and the critical issues facing America’s K-12 schools.

The 7th annual Summer Institute will be held at the University of Redlands’ Orton Center on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teachers, administrators, aides, private and public education professionals, and those interested in educational justice and education issues are encouraged to attend.

The day will include a keynote presentation by Gloria Ladson-Billings, a well-known pedagogical theorist and teacher educator from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who will speak about “why race still matters.”

Afternoon sessions will explore other educational justice issues, addressing such topics as creating a local, diverse and permanent teaching workforce; denigrating representations of minorities in film, television and the media; and mental health in schools: the role of racial and ethnic disparities.

Registration for the Institute is open through July 7. For more information or to register, contact Martin Bright in the School of Education at 909-748-8815.

The School of Education at the University of Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. The Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums and other events throughout the year to explore topics on educational justice.

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