Shaping Education Policies to Better Serve California's Students

by Haas Education Club


Mon, 20 Nov 2017

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States

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On Nov. 20, join the Haas Education Speaker Series to learn from two education leaders seeking to change policies in service of educational equity. Carrie Hahnel will speak about her research at Education Trust-West, an state advocacy organization that is committed to closing opportunity gaps among low-income students and students of color in California. Carrie will facilitate a "data walk" to share data trends that will help students better understand California's education policy landscape and emerging issues.

Next, we'll hear from Paymon Zarghami, a board member for the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD). Since 2013, the SJUSD has increased the overall graduation rate from 81% to 87%, the Latino graduation rate from 73% to 82%, and the African American college eligibility rate from 30% to 44%. Paymon will share the policies that contributed to this progress, including the adoption of a landmark teacher evaluation system.

From 5:30-6:10pm, we'll have a casual networking happy hour for students and our guest speakers. Our speakers will then begin at 6:15.

**Note that you do not need to register for this event on CampusGroups if you are already enrolled in the Education Speaker Series.

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Haas Cheit C325

2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States


Paymon Zarghami

Board Member

San Jose Unified School District

Paymon Zarghami was elected to the San Jose Unified School District Board, which serves over 30,000 students in San Jose, in 2014. Paymon received his bachelors degree in business administration from Haas. After Berkeley, Paymon joined Teach For America and served as a high school teacher for seven years. After teaching, Paymon worked for Teach For America in San José, managing school partnerships, teacher recruitment, and teacher development for hundreds of teachers.

Paymon also worked on the business development team at Coursera, the world's largest education technology company with over 28 million learners and most recently joined the business development team at Lingo Live, an e-learning company that provides 1-on-1 coaching for professionals at tech companies seeking to build their business communication skills.

Carrie Hahnel

Deputy Director of Research and Policy

The Education Trust-West

Carrie is deputy director of research and policy at The Education Trust­–West, an advocacy organization committed to closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Since joining the organization in 2010, she has researched current conditions and advanced policy solutions in areas such as school funding, accountability, teacher effectiveness, and public transparency in California. She previously worked for the national charter school network, the KIPP Foundation, as director of research and evaluation. She has also worked for the national afterschool provider Citizen Schools, and for an arts advocacy organization, Americans for the Arts. Her career in education began as an AmeriCorps VISTA, supporting afterschool, tutoring, and arts education programs in Riverside, CA. Carrie holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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