Director | Region 8 Expanded Learning Services | Ventura County Office of Education
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Ernesto Durán graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a double major in History and Spanish Literature, and he also holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the same institution. Mr. Durán currently serves as the Ventura County Office of Education Director and Regional Lead for Expanded Learning Programs in the state of California providing technical assistance for Expanded Learning programs across four counties, serving nearly 30,000 students.
Mr. Durán has written two studies examining health disparities for farm workers and indigenous populations of Mexico living and working in the U.S., and a subsequent study examining the prevention of health disparities for children exposed to violence in underserved communities. Additionally, he has spoken at multiple events, including education and government conferences, such as the Spanish-language forum Muestra Esto, held by Univision.
This forum brought together news media and mental health professionals from around the Los Angeles area to discuss the issues related to mental health for the local Latino community. Most recently Mr. Durán contributed his expertise to Dr. Amy Cranston’s book, Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments, recently released by Shell Education Publishing.