Program & Featured Speakers

Binational Parent Leadership Institute II
March 25, 2017
Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center

Program At-A-Glance

8:00 AM:  Registration

  • Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM:  Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Enrique Murillo, Introductions, Professor of Education & Executive Director of LEAD
  • Dr. Tim White, Chancellor of the California State University System (Video Comments)
  • Dr.  Tomas Morales, President of California State University, San Bernardino (Video Comments)
  • Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Deputy Consul Hugo Rene Oliva Romero, Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Chancellor Tim White

Chancellor Tim White

Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President

Dr. Tomás D. Morales

Ted Alejandre

Ted Alejandre, County Superintendent

Consul Hugo René Oliva Romero

Consul Hugo René Oliva Romero

BPLI Overview & Order of the Day

  • Patricia Luna - Master of Ceremony
  • BPLI Board
  • Linda Miranda

Presentation #1

  • Marissa Lazo-Necco - PBIS & Parent Engagement
  • Marcelino Serna - Cultural Proficiency (TBC)

Biography - Marcelino "Mars" Serna

Marcelino “Mars” Serna is a native of the Inland Empire. Throughout his life, he has been committed to working in the areas of recreation, education and social services. He has over 30 years of experience as a public servant. He started his career in 1984 working part-time for the City of Riverside, Recreation Department. He then transitioned as a Campus Supervisor at Perris Union High School District. His passion working in the education field later took him on a path of serving as a Child Welfare & Attendance Investigator with the Riverside and Alvord Unified School Districts. In 1998, he went back into the field of recreation where he served the City of Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga, planning, organizing and managing a variety of recreation and human service programs. In 2004, he was hired with the County of Riverside, Department of Public Social Services as a Division Supervisor to develop family strengthening programs for families going through challenging life experiences at (4) four Family Resource Centers (Mecca, Desert Hot Springs, Perris and Rubidoux).

For the past 11 years, Mars has served the districts of San Bernardino City Unified School District (2006 to 2014) and Fontana Unified School District (2015-2016). His role in both districts was assisting families with community resources and creating opportunities for parents to be engaged in the education of their children through a variety of family engagement initiatives. He also developed strong relationships and partnerships with community members, public agencies, non-profit and faith based organizations to improve academic outcomes for students. Currently, he serves the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as the Family/Community Engagement Program Specialist supporting the 33 districts throughout the county with their respective community engagement initiatives and is an Adjunct Professor at San Bernardino Valley College in Human Services.

Mars has also served on a variety of community boards. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the San Bernardino County Gangs & Drugs Taskforce and on the San Bernardino County Mentoring Advisory Committee. He is also the founding member of the Inland Empire Family Resource Center Coalition, where he served as Chairperson from 2008 to 2014. Mars also has a passion coaching and officiating basketball. He has served as Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball coach at Ramona High School in Riverside from 1991 to 1997. In the winter of 1997, he was an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at San Bernardino Valley College. He also coached his son’s (Andrew) youth travel basketball team (Rancho Cucamonga Warriors) and currently coaches his son Issak in golf, basketball, soccer and baseball. He is also in his sixteenth season as a basketball official with the California Interscholastic Federation in the Foothill-Citrus Unit.

Mars received his Associates Degree from Riverside Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino and his Master’s Degree from University of Redlands in Management. He is happily married to his wonderful wife Marissa and has (4) children, Jesse 28, Elena 26, Andrew 24 and Issak 11 along with (2) grandchildren, Isaiah and Liam.


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Presentation #2

  • Sergio Cuauhtemoc Chavez Sr. - English Language Learners - A School Principal's Perspective


Sergio C. Chavez
Sergio was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He was raised in San Diego, CA. Spanish was his first language. Although, he entered elementary school shortly after the passing of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968, the curriculum at his school was English Only. This meant that any retention of the primary language would fall in the hands of his parents and extended family. He went on to graduate high school and attend UC San Diego for his undergraduate degree in Biology. He went on to attain his teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles. After several years of teaching, he went back to school to get his Administrative Credential and Master’s Degree from Cal Poly Pomona. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Cal Poly Pomona. He is also currently the principal at Fontana Middle School in Fontana, CA.

Sergio nació en Tijuana, Baja California, México. Creció en la ciudad de San Diego, California. El español fue su primer idioma. Aunque entro a la primaria un poco después del Acto de la Educación Bilingüe de 1968, el currículo de la escuela era ingles solamente. Como consecuencia, la preservación del idioma natal fue puesto en las manos de sus padres y familia extendida. Sin embargo, se graduó de la preparatorio y atendió UC San Diego donde recibió su bachillerato en Biología. Después recibió su credencial de maestro en California State University, Los Angeles. Después ingreso a Cal Poly Pomona donde recibió su credencial de administración y su maestría. Actualmente, es candidato del doctorado en Cal Poly Pomona y director de Fontana Middle School en Fontana, CA.

Topic – English Language Learners/Tema – Aprendices de Ingles

According to 2011 California Department of Education data, English Learners constitute approximately 1.4 million students of the over 6 million total student population. This means that more than 23% of the entire student body in California are learning English as a second language. That number has only risen since. The pendulum has shifted between the drive for English Only and the initiative to promote bilingualism in California schools. English learners face unique challenges to closing the achievement gap. Facing growing pressure to meet ever increasing accountability, many schools are in need of professional development in order to meet those needs. Current policies encouraging English Only have widened the achievement gap between English Learners and White students, creating a growing population of students who become essentially non-lingual. It will take a committed effort by all stakeholders to end this cycle of failure. A deeper understanding of language acquisition theory, cultural proficiency, multilingualism, and empowering parent engagement are definite next steps in closing that achievement gap.

Según el Departamento de Educación del 2011, aprendices de ingles constituyen aproximadamente 1.4 millones alumnos de un total de mas de 6 millones en total. Esto significa que mas de 23% de todos los alumnos del estado son aprendices de ingles. El numero solamente a incrementado desde esa fecha. Las pólizas han cambiado de ingles nomas a iniciativas que promueven el bilingüismo. Aprendices de ingles confrontan

varios retos en su esfuerzo de cerrar el hueco de logos académicos. Muchas escuela necesitan desarrollo profesional para poder impactar esos retos. Pólizas actuales que alegan por Ingles Nomas han incrementado el hueco entre aprendices de ingles y alumnos blancos creando un incremento en alumnos que resultan en ser non-lingues. Tomara un esfuerzo comprometido de parte de todos los responsables para terminar este ciclo de fracasos académicos. Los siguientes pasos incluyen un entendimiento mas profundo de las teorías de adquisición de lenguaje, proficiencia cultural, multi-lingualismo, y el involucramiento de padres para así cerrar el hueco académico.

  • Alicia Hernandez - Long & Short Term Effects of Language Learners


Alicia Hernandez
Mrs. Hernandez received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Cal Poly, Pomona, her PPS Credential from UC Riverside, and her Administrative Services Credential and Master’s Degree in Education from the Universities of Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Fullerton. She has served as high school counselor, dean of students, school administrator and most recently as Director of Support for the English Learner and Parent Involvement Program in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.  Her educational experience, also includes doing various exchange and research programs in Oaxaca, Mexico, Baja California, and     Chiang Mai, Thailand.  She writes grants and has conducted multiple parent workshops on various topics including "Parent Involvement in the Schools" at the County's Parent Symposium.        

Alicia B. Hernández recibió su licenciatura en La Universidad Politécnica en Pomona, su credencial de PPS en UC Riverside, credencial de servicio administrativo y su Maestría de las Universidades de Cal State San Bernardino y Cal State Fullerton. Ella ha servido en el nivel de secundaria como consejera de escuela, decana de estudiantes, administradora de secundaria  y más recientemente como Directora de Apoyo para los Aprendices de Inglés y El Programa de Participación de Padres en el Distrito de Chaffey.  Su experiencia educativa  incluye varios programas de intercambio e investigación educativa en Mexico (Oaxaca y Baja California) y Thailandia (Chiang Mai).  Ella escribe becas y ha realizado múltiples talleres para padres sobre diversos temas incluyendo "La participación de Padres en la Escuela" presentado en El Simposio para Padres en nuestro condado.

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12:00 PM:  Keynote Address - Simón Silva - Cultivate A Creative Mind: 21st Century Skills

  • Lunch provided for attendees
  • Music entertainment during lunch portion
  • Linda Miranda
  • Hon. Consul Rosas
  • Keynote Speaker Simon Silva


Simon Silva
Simón has been a creativity crusader (artist), author and speaker for more than 20 years, with clients and collectors from all over the world. He has been developing creative projects in classroom settings, colleges, universities and conferences. He lives in California with his wife and their three sons and finds himself traveling extensively helping individuals nurture their creativity.

Simón Silva, is a well-known artist (creativity crusader), author and speaker who travels around the country to do presentations for educators, students, parents and business people. He knows firsthand the importance of education and he is the only person in his family to have graduated from both high school and college. One of eleven children in a family of farmers, he grew up as a migrant student and relied heavily on his artistic skills and interest to cope with what was at times, a difficult childhood. Simón was born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1961 and came to the United States when he was just over a year old. He worked to earn money to pay for his college tuition and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California with his Bachelor’s degree in art.

Simón Silva shares an insightful view of the arts and creativity, while telling a compelling story of struggle and hope. He connects with the audience in a powerful manner, and sends a positive message about perseverance and determination to succeed. This inspirational keynote clarifies the importance of the arts and creativity, in order to give all individuals a greater degree of success in the 21st century.

“In the world today, there is renewed interest in the term, “creativity.” It is no longer a word reserved exclusively for artists, musicians, or scientists. Ushering in a new era in education, the word "creativity" is being heralded as an essential 21st century skill.” – Simón Silva

Workshop Description

This highly interactive workshop demonstrates how to use the arts on a daily basis, to enhance a person's creativity, communication skills, social, cognitive and developmental skills, while promoting positive self-esteem. In addition, individuals will find hidden talents and help in chipping away at the fear and doubt that has accumulated over the years.

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Presentation #3

  • Luis Antonio Medina Romero
  • Immigration Impacts in 2017: A Legal Perspective


Luis Antonio Medina Romero. Is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He earned a Bachelor of Economics from the Université Grenoble Alpes and a Master in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) He also holds a postgraduate degree in Geopolitics from Sciences Po Toulouse. Mr. Medina Romero is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service with the rank of third secretary. He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, where he served from 2010 to 2013 and was commissioned to be part of the VI Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Since November 2013 he has served as consul for protection and legal affairs of the consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, California.

Luis Antonio Medina Romero. Es egresado del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), licenciado y maestro en Economía por la Université Grenoble Alpes y la Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), y titular de un posgrado de Geopolítica en Sciences Po Toulouse. Es miembro del Servicio Exterior Mexicano con el rango de tercer secretario. Inició su carrera dentro de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores en la misión permanente de México ante la ONU y otros organismos internacionales con sede en Ginebra, donde se desempeñó de 2010 a 2013 y fue encomendado a formar parte del equipo de la VI Presidencia del Consejo de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos.

Desde noviembre de 2013 funge como cónsul de protección y asuntos jurídicos del consulado de México en San Bernardino.


Certificate Presentations

  • Drawings

2:55 PM:  Closing Remarks