State Level Leadership   Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) for the California Department of Education, was appointed to this leadership role in early 2012 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.  Under Michael’s direction, the EXLD, in collaboration with a highly diverse group of educators, practitioners and providers, developed “A…

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Youth in Adversity   Michelle Francois leads the Compassionate Systems work at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) which includes FosterEd, an initiative in 4 states to help young people who come into contact with public systems to graduate high school with a wide array of possibilities for their future. Prior to coming to…

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Curriculum Development | Lower School Principal   Trina Haygaru is the Lower School Principal at the International School of Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.  With an MS in school leadership from Baker University, she has been a school administrator for nine years and an educator for more than twenty. Trina has been working in international education…

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Community Engagement   Bobby Digi, social entrepreneur, founder, community organizer, educator, and lecturer has devoted his life to strengthening and building community on a local and global scale. Born in Brooklyn, New York to parents of Nigerian descent and raised in the multi-ethnic Clifton section of Park Hill/Stapleton Staten Island, Bobby has always been inspired…

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