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 Welcome to Children's Network

 

"Significant, positive outcomes for children and youth in San Bernardino County can only be achieved through partnership...

County agencies, community-based organizations, education, communities of faith, and caring adults working in partnership for and with their families...

The Children's Network promotes and supports those partnerships..."
 
Kathy Turnbull
Interim Children's Network Officer
 

 The 28th Annual Children’s Network Conference

 
The 28th Annual Children’s Network Conference takes place on Wednesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at the Ontario Convention Center. The conference has dynamic keynote speakers, a wide array of workshops to choose from, and an exhibit hall filled with various resources and products. 
 
We have 54 incredible workshops to choose from this year!
To review the workshops offered and register for the conference, click on the file below.
 
 
Our exhibit hall is filled with a variety of information, resources and items for purchase.  If you or your agency is interested in being a vendor in our exhibit hall, click on the file below.   
 
For questions, please call Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 or email Kristy Loufek at KLoufek@hss.sbcounty.gov
 
 

 Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D.

 
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., has dedicated his adult life to supporting and developing urban youth to help create a sustainable urban community. He is an Associate Professor of Raza (Mexican American) Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED). In addition  

to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 21 years he has practiced and studiedthe use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. Critical pedagogy combines the philosophy of education with critical theory – focusing on the relationship between teaching and learning.

Fearing our country is at risk of losing an entire generation of young people in urban centers who feel trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, violence, hopelessness and despair; Duncan-Andrade’s core work is in finding solutions that can help the vast majority overcome such toxic conditions to become responsible and productive adults that will eliminate those conditions. He has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings. His first two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, focused on effective teaching strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book which focuses on core competencies of highly effective educators.

 

 Jennifer Rodriguez

 
Jennifer Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC). As a former foster youth who also spent time in juvenile justice institutions, Jennifer initially earned her GED, but found herself wanting to do systemic legal advocacy on behalf of other children and youth who, like her, are growing up with a government agency as their only family. Jennifer earned her law degree fromthe University of California, Davis, and  

began her fellowship at YLC. After the completion of her fellowship, Jennifer stayed on at YLC as a staff attorney, and in 2012 she took the reins as Executive Director.

Jennifer works on both child welfare and juvenile justice projects at YLC, with a special focus on ensuring children and youth involved in both systems live in conditions that meet their developmental and emotional needs, and are provided with the opportunities they need to build a foundation for a healthy adulthood. She works to improve services for infants and toddlers in foster care through the application of research on child development and brain science; to increase incarcerated youths’ access to and relationship with their babies; to eliminate the use of and improve conditions in congregate care; expand resources for young people transitioning out of child welfare and probation to adulthood; and to ensure every young person in foster care lives in a foster family where they will receive loving, nurturing high quality care. In her work on behalf of system-involved children, Jennifer employs a range of strategies, including developing and drafting legislation; participating in state and national workgroups; working collaboratively with state and local agencies to improve programs and services; and providing training and technical assistance to professionals, youth and families. Because of her background, Jennifer’s work reflects her passion for engaging youth and families as the agents of change and having them centrally involved in advocacy efforts. Jennifer’s work and passion for engaging youth and families as the agents of change and having them centrally involved in advocacy efforts is reflective of her background and her goal to make sure all voices are heard.

 

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