This is a FREE event. RSVP is required for attendance. Space is limited.

Who should attend?

School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, K-12 Site/District Administrators, School Nurses, School-Based LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, Campus Health/Wellness Center Staff

School Counselor Webinar: Increasing Equity & Opportunity for Our Students

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Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D.

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Education Trust–West

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and supporting the high achievement of all California students, with a particular focus on underserved students of color, low-income students, and English learners. Dr. Smith Arrillaga leads the organization’s work centering education as a key racial and economic justice issue and has extensive expertise in leading initiatives using multiple strategies for impacting state policy – leveraging direct action, research, media, and policymaker engagement. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in and partnering with education and workforce policy, research, and advocacy organizations, including the Career Ladders Project, First 5 LA, College Bound, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and high schools and community colleges across the state of California.

Raised in a family with deep roots in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Smith Arrillaga comes from a long line of educators and has taught at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Her teaching experience focused on subjects including statistics, writing and research methods, and community-based participatory research. Her approach to research design and policy development is grounded in a firm commitment to actionable, student and community-centered research and engagement.

Dr. Smith Arrillaga has presented in numerous national and state venues on the topic of creating educational opportunities for all students and is a current member of the California Advisory Task Force on Alternative Schools. She was also selected in the inaugural cohort of the California Education Policy Fellowship, a program that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California. She has also authored dozens of publications, including a chapter on alternative schools in a forthcoming book from the Stanford University John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Dr. Smith Arrillaga holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton, an M.S. in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Smith College. She is the proud mother of a rising kindergartener.
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Mayra A. Lara, Ed.D.

Mayra A. Lara, Ed.D.
Senior Practice Associate, The Education Trust–West

Mayra A. Lara is a Senior Practice Associate at The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, CA. Mayra joined ETW with ten years of classroom teaching experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. While at the district, she worked to create meaningful and lasting relationships with students, she served as department chair, union representative, and coach. She received her B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University Long Beach, where she also taught courses as a lecturer in the College of Education. Mayra also holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, where her research focused on Chicana feminist theory, critical pedagogy, and students’ experiences as they navigated the sexual politics of education.
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Marlon Morgan, M.A., LPCC, PPSC

Marlon Morgan, M.A., LPCC, PPSC
Founder and Executive Director, Wellness Together School Mental Health

Marlon Morgan is the Founder and Executive Director of the California-based nonprofit Wellness Together School Mental Health. He began his career as a school counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, creating and implementing student support programs to identify and provide services for target subgroups in an effort to close the achievement gap. He has received special recognition from the U.S. Congress, California State Senate, and the California State Assembly for his innovative work promoting mental health and wellness in education. In 2016, Marlon was appointed by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) as a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup to develop policy recommendations for the SSPI and the California Legislature.

Marlon is a licensed therapist, a credentialed school counselor, and an honorary faculty member at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Attendees will learn:

  • Three practical approaches for school counselors and support staff to ensure equity for our students

  • Resources to continue advocating for students and families

  • Methods to communicate the need for additional school counselors and support staff

Who should attend?

School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, K-12 Site/District Administrators, School Nurses, School-Based LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, Campus Health/Wellness Center Staff

This is a FREE event. RSVP is required for attendance. Space is limited.

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Wellness Together welcomes a wide variety of sponsors, partners, and presenters from diverse backgrounds. The views and opinions expressed by these organizations and individuals do not necessarily represent those of Wellness Together or the California Department of Education. Proposed presenters for all events are subject to change.