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November Professional Learning Conference


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We are excited to announce the following daily schedule for the Nov. 20 and 21 Woodburn Professional Learning conference. The schedule is dependent on some key logistics, but this is what we are planning for (below).


*some offerings would span 2 hours, and would therefore take multiple session slots.

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

     Dr. Johnny Lake

Dr. Johnny Lake is an international consultant, trainer and speaker certified in programs respecting leadership, diversity, community-building, cross-cultural communication and interactions skills, equity and ethics for youth and adults. He consults with government, professional and educational agencies and organizations. Dr. Lake served as an Associate Professor of Education and Counseling. He is an Administrator on Special Assignment with the Eugene 4J school district and an advocate for needs of at-risk youth and provides teacher training institutes and student learning and leadership opportunities. Dr. Lake is an internationally recognized writer and storyteller. Dr. Johnny Lake holds a bachelor's degree in history from Willamette University. He has a Masters in educational leadership and administration and received his Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, management and organization. Dr. Lake is a former chairman of the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.

Dr. Lake's scholarship has focused on teaching and learning around issues of leadership, diversity, race and culture, personal and organizational growth, cultural competency, and communication. Dr. Lake assists individuals, schools and traditional institutions to gain critical knowledge and skills, as well as developing effective methods and strategies to bring about growth and progress, and to build and support productive relationships.



     Dr. Chris Pinkney

Christopher Pinkney, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Special Education Department at Portland State University . He has a BA from the University of Hawaii and an MA in special education from California State University Stanislaus. His doctorate is in special education from the University of Oregon. He taught for seven years in alternative and secondary education in California before coming to PSU. His expertise is in secondary literacy, and school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. His research interest is in multi-tiered systems of academic and behavioral support.




  Rosa Floyd 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As the 2023 Oregon Teacher of the Year, Rosa Floyd has served as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.  Rosa was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She received her diploma in folkloric dance and her graduate degree in architecture and interior design from the University of Guadalajara. Rosa continued studies in Spanish language and literature in Spain. She worked in the audiovisual department at the Universidad de Guadalajara.  Guadalajara designing secondary instructional materials for a state educational program. When Rosa first moved to the United States, she worked as an instructional assistant at a migrant summer school and high school in Hillsboro. Seeing the needs of Spanish speaking students at the high school enacted a career change in Rosa’s life that led her to pursue a teaching license. Rosa taught in an immersion Spanish program at a private school in Oregon for six years before she was recruited by Woodburn School District. She has been teaching dual immersion kindergarten for 23 years in Woodburn. Rosa works with students and colleagues to connect school to the community and create opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom.