2015 Issue

Disproportionality in Special Education: A Persistent Reality for African American Students

Denise Reid

Denise Reid (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Dr. Reid (PhD, Chapman University; MS, California State University, Fullerton; BA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has decades of experience in providing educational accommodations to students with disabilities. While equal access to quality education for students with disabilities is of concern, her recent research has focused on tensions experienced by college students as they negotiate their disabled and non-disabled identities. Past research includes strategies for the successful transition from high school to college and college success contributes to her concerns that students with disabilities acquire self-advocacy skills and academic success during their K-12 experience. Since 1998, Denise has served as an adjunct instructor at various universities. Whether educating teachers on academic accommodations, or attentively listening to a parent share concerns regarding a diagnosis, or meeting the needs of the less fortunate, her greatest desire is to help others mature in their walk with Christ.

Open the Door of Christian Education to All Students: A Call for Christian School Reform

Tammy Bachrach

Tammy Bachrach (CAPC, Inc.; Whittier, California, United States)

Tammy Bachrach (BA & MA, Biola University) is a doctoral student at Chapman University seeking a PhD in education with an emphasis in Disability Studies.  She has grown up in the disability community as the daughter and sister of individuals with intellectual disabilities.  She has been a general and special educator for 18 years, working with both primary and secondary students with disabilities.  She served as the Director of Services for CAPC, Inc., a non profit agency, for 10 years aiding adults with disabilities. She has developed program designs and providing input for state level policies on disability issues as a Board Member of the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.  She has consulted
on both professional development training films as well as a made for television show featuring a mother with a disability.  Her passion is bridging the gap between disability studies, the Church and Christian Education..

California Academy Early College High School: Creating Community through Rigor, Relevance & Relationships

Erin Craig (E=MC2 Consulting, LLC, Newport Beach, California, United States)

Erin Craig (EdD in Educational Leadership, University of Southern California; MS in Pure Mathematics, CSU East Bay; BS in Pure Mathematics, CSU Long Beach) is the founder and president of E=MC2 Consulting, LLC.  She specializes in K-12 charter schools, instructional leadership, middle/early colleges, school reform, and dual enrollment. Craig is also planning to open a middle college charter high school in Orange County serving at-risk students in Fall 2016.   Since 2013, Craig has served as the Treasurer for the California Coalition of Early and Middle Colleges (CCEMC).  Before consulting, Erin was a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, High School Principal, College Professor, and Math Teacher.  She holds her single subject teaching credential in mathematics, tier two administrative credential, and certificate specializing in charter leadership from Loyola Marymount University.

Dennis Eastman

Dennis Eastman (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Dr. Eastman (BA & MA, Biola University; PhD, Claremont Graduate University) spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director, and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming principal an early college high school, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized his school with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California. Dr. Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Teacher Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise, and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators. Dr. Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners, and preparing teachers in international settings. Currently Dr. Eastman is researching the impact of Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and Cooperative Learning (CL) on student achievement.


Natalie Battersbee (Consultant)

Dr. Battersbee began her career as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District where she also served as K-3 Curriculum and Instruction Grade Level Chair.  Battersbee progressed through the LAUSD instructional leader pipeline, and assumed roles as Dean of Students at West Hollywood Opportunity, Senior Advisor for Special Education, Principal at JFK Continuation High School, and Principal at Washington Prep Continuation School, before serving as the founding principal of an early college high school in Santa Ana, California.

The Impact of Gentrification on Faith-Based Organizations

Orvic Pada

Orvic Pada (California State University, Fullerton; Fullerton, California, United States)

Orvic Pada's (BA, Simpson University; MA California State University, Fullerton) community and scholarly experience includes youth organizing, intercultural relations, and urban-rural participant observation of community development projects in Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines. His teaching philosophy underscores the importance of critical thinking and skillful application of concepts in the marketplace and everyday life, challenging students to develop diverse ways of looking at the world. Current research projects are on urban renewal in the Philippines, gentrification and religion, Asia-Pacific community development, equitable and inclusive urban development, and a collaborative project on understanding self-rated health in ethnic enclaves in Orange County, CA.

Faith and Learning in Action: Tangible Connections Between Biblical Integration and Living the Christian Life

Calvin Roso

Calvin Roso (Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States)

Taking the Good News to the far reaches of the world is Dr. Calvin Roso's (EdD Oral Roberts University) passion.  For the past summers, he has traveled with teenagers to Latin American countries where they have delivered rice, beans, and the gospel to the poverty stricken people in cities and mountain villages. Dr. Roso has been involved in Christian education since the early 1990s, active in the professional development of Christian educators through the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA), an organization associated with ORU. In addition, he has published several teachers' guides and numerous articles regarding curriculum and instruction.

The Book of Acts as a Case Study: Examining the Ministry of Reconciliation

Glen Kinoshita

Glen Kinoshita (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Glen Kinoshita (BA Biola University; MDiv, Talbot School of Theology) is Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs at Biola University.  He is a certified trainer with Walk Through the Bible Ministries and has served as an advisory council member with the National Conference for Community and Justice in Los Angeles.  Glen regularly presents on on diversity and leadership development at various conferences across the country throughout the year.  With many interests and passions in life, Glen devotes himself to a constant process of growing and learning. As an artist, Glen enjoys expressing himself in the art of Sumi-e, or Japanese brush painting. As a lover of culturally diverse music, Glen plays a variety of instruments such as Hawaiian Slack Guitar, Ukulele, Latin and African drumming, and Native American flute. As a writer he reflects on his life experiences through prose, poetry and articles.

Book Review: Multiculturalism: A Shalom Motif for the Christian Community (Domnwachukwu & Lee)

Nicholas Block

Nicholas Block (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

After beginning his career in education as a science teacher in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, Nick Block (BA, Stanford University; Teaching Credential, Simpson University; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, Claremont Graduate University) has worked most of his years in the U.S. as a public school teacher in grades three to five, in a variety of language settings. While concerned with all subject areas, in his teaching in East Los Angeles he most recently concentrated on issues of vocabulary development as a basis for reading comprehension and writing growth. Now with the implementation of the Common Core Standards, he feels that there is even greater urgency for improved teaching supported by sound research in these areas, especially for English learners. Past research in dual language education as well as decades of experience as a bilingual educator (including 26 years in Montebello USD) contribute to his concern that students grow as expert users of language. In addition to his work in K-12 schooling and teacher preparation as an adjunct at CSU Long Beach, Nick has been involved in theological education in Los Angeles, Colombia, and Rwanda. Whether supporting new teachers in teaching words or new pastors in teaching the Word, his greatest desire is to help others to be fruitful in their calling.
Chinaka Samuel DomNwachukwu

Chinaka Samuel DomNwachukwu (Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, United States)

Chinaka Samuel DomNwachukwu is Professor of Multicultural Education and Associate Dean for Accreditation at the Azusa Pacific University School of Education. He is also Senior Pastor of The Potter's Wheel Assembly of Chino Hills, California. Among his many other works are Incessant Warfare: A Critical History of Spiritual Warfare Through the Ages (2011), An Introduction to Multicultural Education: From Theory to Practice (2010), and The American Mosaic: Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Society (2006).

HeeKap Lee

HeeKap Lee (Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, United States)

HeeKap Lee is Professor of Teacher Education at the Azusa Pacific University School of Education. He has been invited to speak at national and international settings, lecturing on Christian education, multicultural education, curriculum development, training evaluation and assessment, and school change. Among his other works are Faith-Based Education that Constructs (2010) and Why Does a Well-Planned Innovation Fail? The Importance of Concern Analysis (2010).

Book Review: I am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban (Yousafzai & Lam)

Kay Henry

Kay Henry (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Kay Henry (BA, Doane College; MA, Biola University) enjoys research on the topics of challenges of some first generation college students that may prevent their continuing matriculation, how the church can use African theology to address the issue of violence against women, and a Native American perspective on Western Christianity that included an ethnographic study of individuals from a variety of American Indian nations. She is passionate about celebrating diversity and new beginnings since her walk with Jesus began at age 38.  Kay’s undergraduate coursework focused on the critical impact of effective workplace communication and how hiring a diverse population could benefit a company’s future growth. Kay enjoys learning about the theology of Ubuntu as it relates to the importance of community. She served as a panel member at an Associated Students CSA-sponsored chapel, “Impact of Gender,” April 2010, as a women’s advocate, is a member of the speakers’ bureau for Friendship Home, a safe place for abused women, and is a Certified Toastmaster.

June Hetzel

June Hetzel (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

June Hetzel, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. She currently serves as the Dean of Education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Dr. Hetzel has served in public, private, homeschooling, and international educational settings. She is passionate about the role of the Christian educator to live a Spirit-led life in right relationship with God and others, and the centrality of the gospel message as the central hope of all educational endeavors.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb (Fellow, Royal Geographical Society)

Christina Lamb, OBE, is a British journalist who is currently Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times. She was educated at University College, Oxford (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has won Foreign Correspondent of the Year four times.


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