Leading for Change: Designing Equitable Instructional Programs

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Location: Room 293-4
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Listen and learn : Panel

Dr. Cherina Betters  
Sophia Mendoza  
Sonal Patel  

We'll discuss the connection between instruction, equity and access by understanding the future of education and the need to embed state standards, global competencies, technology and evidence-based equity practices in all lessons and activities through the use of innovative pedagogical tools such as HyperDocs and choice boards.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: no
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

For educators to gain a wider scope of understanding in demonstrating the connection between instruction, equity and access.

To spark ideas for equity practices in all digital learning lessons and activities, including culturally responsive practices.

To provide tools such as hyperdocs that will help to meet the diverse learning needs of students


A moderator will make their way through these questions:

Roughly 5 mins per question with approx two people answering.

Supporting research

Almarode, J., Hattie, J., Fisher D., & Frey, N. (2021). Rebounding and
Reinvesting. Where the evidence points for accelerating learning.
A GOLD paper. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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Dr. Cherina Betters, San Bernardino County Supt. of Schools

Cherina Betters is the Chief of Equity and Access for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and has served in K-12 education for over two decades in the capacity of teacher and administrator serving students and families in Southern California. The first in her family to graduate from college, Dr. Betters has been recognized by numerous organizations for her service to educational equity including being named 23rd Senate District of California Woman of the Year, and Transformational Change Leader by California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Betters is committed to advocating for students and educational excellence through equity.

Sophia Mendoza, Los Angeles Unified School District

Sophia Mendoza is an innovative systems-level collaborator with over 20 years of experience as an education leader in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and a member of the ISTE Board of Directors. As the director of LAUSD’s Instructional Technology Initiative, Mendoza leads the implementation of computer science education and digital citizenship programs across 1,300 schools. She’s committed to cultivating leaders and learners who are prepared for a growing digital world. Mendoza was named a NextGeneration Leader by EdScoop and CoSN; made the 2018 Most Influential People in EdTech list from Tech & Learning; is a 2019 ISTE Impact Award honoree; a 2019 Education Dive Innovator of the Year winner; and the 2020 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 16 Technology Administrator, an honor that recognizes her work in establishing strategic partnerships and programs that expand instructional technology opportunities for all students.

Sonal Patel, San Bernardino County Superintendent

Sonal Patel is the Digital Learning Innovation Coordinator at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the recipient of the ISTE 20 to Watch Award 2022. In 2021, she received the CUE Administrator of the year award. She works with educators, coaches, and administrators in educational technology and computer science professional learning and support. Sonal is a dedicated advocate for digital equity, accessibility and inclusion.

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