For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

Transforming School Culture by Engaging
the Whole Community

(Vallejo, CA – January 3, 2013) – Touro University California’s Graduate School of Education and Vallejo City Unified School District are pleased to present a conversation with Dr. Anthony Muhammad, renowned education consultant who will discuss the development of a cohesive, positive culture in an educational setting.

Dr. Muhammad, who has a knack for engaging the audience in various stimulating academic topics, will hold a community presentation in the Lander Hall Auditorium of Touro University California, Mare Island in Vallejo, on February 7, 2013, from 4:30-6 p.m.  He will share his research on transforming school culture and how it impacts student’s learning and success. A question and answer session will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Vallejo City Unified School District have studied Dr. Anthony Muhammad and feel his message will resonate with our community partners,” said Dr. Ramona Bishop, Ed.D, Superintendent at VCUSD. “Our strong partnership with Touro University has allowed for us to bring Dr. Muhammad to Vallejo to deepen our understanding and strengthen our efforts to provide optimal learning environments for all of our students.”

As a practitioner of nearly twenty years, Dr. Muhammad has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal.  Dr. Muhammad’s tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal.  His most notable accomplishment came as principal at Levey Middle School in Southfield, Michigan, a National School of Excellence, where student proficiency on state assessments more than doubled in five years. Hence, he was named the Michigan Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. 

“We are pleased to work with the Vallejo City School District to host this event and know it will benefit the entire educational community,” said Graduate School of Education Director Justin Heard. “In planning the day, Dr. Muhammad expressed a desire to talk about practical and real issues around culture and will offer a true expert perspective. I have met teachers who have attended events by Dr. Muhammad, and they all said he was an impactful speaker.”   

Prior to the event presentation, Dr. Muhammad will present on the transforming school culture to the VCUSD school board members the Full Service Community Schools Program committee, and Touro University leadership, and work hand-in-hand with VCUSD’s entire administrative team, including all site administrators, to reflect on what a successful school culture resembles.

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