Co-Chair of the California Coalition Partnership for 21st Century Education (P21)
Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"In a multiple-choice, test-driven world, kids are taught that there is always a right answer and moreover that the answer is always given to them.
Kids learn early on that they don't have to think outside the box, they don't have to be creative, collaborative or be critical thinkers. They just have to be good at memorizing rote facts and eliminating the wrong answers. Of course if they get stuck, just follow the advice my eighth grade son's principal gives and choose the letter 'C.'...
The irony is stultifying. While the Chinese are moving to an education system that innovates, we have transformed ours into a bureaucratic, centralized Politburo that rewards test takers and stifles out-of-the-box thinkers."
"Will America Produce Another Steve Jobs?," Voice of OC (Orange County, CA) website, Feb. 10, 2012
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Co-Chair, California Coalition Partnership for 21st Century Education (P21)
Trustee, North Orange County (CA) Community College District, Aug. 2005-present (President, 2010; Vice President, 2009; Representative to Orange County Legislative Task Force, 2005-2009; Secretary, 2008)
Coordinator, Teacher Support and Professional Development, Anaheim (CA) Union High School District
President, Californians Together
Founding Board Member, Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
Co-Founder, Vietnamese American Coalition Mentorship Program, University of California at Irvine
Co-Editor, "Vietnamese American Experience" and "Mendez v Westminster Civil Rights" K-12 curricula
Commissioner, California Curriculum and Instructional Materials Commission, 2004-2008
Chair, California History Social Studies Subcommittee, 2007
Member, Raymond Elementary School Site Council, Fullerton, CA, 2005-2006
Chair, Fullerton School District Serve-a-Thon, 2005
Recipient, Founders Award, University of Southern California Asian Pacific American Support Group, 2002
Former Teacher, Reading and Conflict Management, Orangeview Junior High School, CA, 1994-1998
Former Teacher, Honors English, Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA, 1998-2000
Former Teacher, Summer Leadership Academy, CA
Preliminary Administrative Credential, California State University at Fullerton, 2004
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Chapman University, 1994
MPA (Master's in Public Administration), University of Southern California, 1982
BA, English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979
Member, California Coalition for Education for Democracy, Vietnamese American Public Affairs Committee, Literature, Enrichment, Achievement, Plus (LEAP), California International Studies Project Board, California Association of Teachers of English, Fullerton School District Strategic Planning Committee, and California Teachers Association
Member, English Learner Advisory Committee for State Board of Education, CA, 2008-2009
Named Policy Maker of the Year, California Reading Association, 2008
Recipient, Veterans of Foreign Wars Community Services Award, Anaheim, CA Chapter, 1998
Named Teacher of the Year, Orangeview Junior High School, CA, 1995 and 1997
Recipient, Building Bridges Award, Orange County Human Relations, 1996
Recipient, Orange County PALs (Peer Assistance Leadership) Program of the Year Award, Orangeview Junior High School, 1995
Recipient, Human Services Award, Parent, Teacher, Student Association, Orangeview Junior High School, 1995
Recipient, Orange County Human Relations Award, 1993
Former Member, Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, CA