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Linda D. Jungwirth Pepperdine University, USA

Dr. Linda Jungwirth, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) California Educator of the Year–Professor of Education (2013), and President of Convening Conversations, Inc., is passionately devoted to supporting organizations in Culturally Proficient Leadership, building trusting, inclusive, collaborative communities. Dr. Jungwirth taught middle and high school science, and served as: district technology coordinator; county office curriculum and professional development coordinator serving 66 districts in Southern California; and director of the Center for the Advancement of Small Learning Environments for 19 high schools in 11 Southern California districts. Dr. Jungwirth is adjunct professor for Pepperdine University’s Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy doctorate program teaching culturally proficient leadership and communication. Dr. Jungwirth is recognized internationally for her work in Cultural Proficiency, and is co-author of Corwin’s bestseller, Culturally Proficient Learning Communities: Confronting Inequities Through Collaborative Curiosity, and Rowman-Littlefield’s 10 Models of Teacher Evaluation: The Policies, The People, The Potential. Dr. Jungwirth is a National Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative ( in the areas of Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools—Facilitating and Developing Collaborative Groups. Additional recognition includes Administrator of the Year, California League of High Schools, Region 10, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Wilson A. Grace Award for her ideals of tolerance, compassion, and professional leadership, and as a leader who motivates and inspires personal and professional growth in others.