I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a social and cultural focus on Education. From the year 2000 to the spring of 2007 I taught at the College of Education, San Jose State University (SJSU). I am currently a Professor of the Educational Leadership Dept. at CSU East Bay's College of Education. I have taught courses ranging from organizational theory, leadership, system analysis, school design, research methods, curriculum planning, community involvement in schools, and advocacy to professional educators concerned with PK-16 learning issues.
While at SJSU I served as co-director of the Leading for Equity and Achievement Designs (LEAD) Center -- working on school reform. My work experience includes extensive research, leadership coaching and program evaluation in the public school systems. I have primarily worked for non-governmental and university institutions.
Ph. D. 2000. Education (on Social and Cultural Studies). University of California, Berkeley. Dissertation: Conflict and Subordination: A Study of the Intersection of Race, Culture, and School Change in the Socialization of Children of Color.
MA 1988 Secundary Education. San Francisco State University, Focus on secondary curriculum development, and language acquisition. Thesis: Democracy in the Classroom
At the center of my work sits the question: What social and cultural primary forces intervene in the transformation of institutions? I have done extensive studies of a few social realms: conflict, networks, institutional systems, agency (i.e., leadership), and, lately, cognition.
I have looked at these realms to ultimately understand how these different forces facilitate or imperil the creation of a just and equitable environment for learning.
I lately have shifted my attention toward cognition.The focal point of my studies over the past three years has been the role of discourse. This interest lead to the co-authored book "The Power of Talk" with Drs. Felecia Briscoe from the University of Texas. at San Antonio, and Rosemary Henze from Cal State San Jose..
- MA 1988 Secundary Education. San Francisco State University
- Ph. D. 2000. Education (on Social and Cultural Studies). University of California, Berkeley
Arriaza G. and Wagner, A. (2012) Build me a bridge. Steps to solidarity between a school and its community. In Creating solidarity across diverse communities. Columbia Teachers Press, NY, NY pp 148-162.
& Henze, R. C. (2011).Transformative leaders and urban education. In Urban leadership. Symms Gallagher, K; Goodyear, R.; Brewer, D. J.; and Rueda, R. Editors. Routledge. New York, NY, .
& Briscoe, F. M. and Henze, R. C. (2009). The Power of Talk: How Words Change Our Lives,. Corwin Press,. Thousand Oaks, CA.
& Krovetz, M. (2006). Collaborative teacher leadership. How teachers can foster equitable schools. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.
& Henze, R. (2006). Language and reforming schools: a case for a critical approach to language in educational leadership. International Journal of Educational Leadership. (9(2) 157-177).
& Katz, S. & Fuentes, E. (2005). Waging war over public education and Youth Services. Challenging corporate control of our schools and communities. Issue editors. Social Justice Journal. (32(3)). San Francisco, CA.
Arriaza, G. (2004). Making changes that stay made. School reform and community involvement. The High School Journal. (37(4). 10-24). Chapel Hill, NC.
Arriaza, G. (2004). Changing schools for good: A study of school culture and systems. Journal of Education and Society. (22(2). 5-21). James Nicholas Publisher. Melburne, Australia.
Arriaza, G. (2004). Welcome to the front seat: Racial identity and Mesoamerican immigrants. Latinos and Education Journal. (3(4) 251-265). San Bernardino, CA.
Arriaza, G. (2003). The School yard as a stage. Missing cultural clues of symbolic fighting. Multicultural Education Journal. (10(3). 7-13.) Caddo Pub. San Francisco, CA.
Arriaza, G. (2003). Schools, social capital and children of color. Race, Ethnicity, and Class in Education Journal,. (6(1). 71-94.) The University of London, UK.
Arenas, A., & Sanford, V. (2003). Ideologies of violence. Issue co-editors. Social Justice Journal. (30(3).) San Francisco, CA.
Arriaza, G. (2001). Grace under pressure. Immigrant families and the nation state. Social Justice journal. (24(2) pp 6-25). San Francisco, CA.
Arriaza, G. (2001). Crime and punishment. Social capital and children of color. (Eric/Chess. Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science in Education.) Indiana University. IN.
& Arias, A. (1998). Claiming collective memory. Maya languages and civil rights. Social Justice Journal. (25(3) pp 70-79). San Francisco, CA.
& Ishibashi, J., Noguera, P. (1997). Reconfiguring power: Challenges for the 21st century. Social Justice Journal. (24(2)). San Francisco, CA.
2007-Present Professor. Educational Leadership Department, California State University, East Bay
2008-2009 Director. Center for Leadership Equity and Research. A consortium of three CSU campuses' Departments of Educational Leadership. The Center is focused on building research capacity in collaboration with local and state educational organizati
2007-2010 Department Chair, Educational Leadership Department, California State University East Bay. Coordinate a department of 10 full time faculty and 9 lecturers and field supervisors. We serve a student population of about 150.
2007 Program evaluator. Evaluated three key departments (Educational Leadership, Teacher Education, and Curriculum and Instruction) at the College of Education.California State University, Fresno, CA.
2003 - 2005 District-wide Coach. Supported the Alum Rock District to enact a small schools policy. Advised and coached the teams of five schools to create the first three small schools in the district.
2003-2005 Coach. Supported American High School, Fremont City, CA, in its initial efforts to create smaller learning communities.
2001 - 2006 Co-director Leading for Equity and Achievement Designs (LEAD) Center. San Jose State University. A center focused on K-12 school reform based on the Coalition of Essential Schools principles, expertise, and approaches.
2000 -2007 Professor, Educational Leadership Department, College of Education, San Jose State University. Taught courses on organizational theory, leadership, system analysis, school design, community involvement in schools, advocacy.
2000 - 2001 Board member. Mountain View Essential High School, Mountain View
2000 - 2003 Program Evaluator Art Research and Curriculum Associates, Los Angeles. US Department of Education, Curricular evaluation of HEP Program.
2006 - 2007 Site Council member. Berkeley High School.
2000 -2007 Professor, Educational Leadership Department, College of Education, San Jose State University. Coordinated and taught in the MA degree in Higher Education. Taught in the Joint Doctoral Programs with UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
2000-2007 Professor ,the joint doctoral programs were 1) a consortium between the University of California at Berkeley, and three CSU campuses: Hayward, San Francisco and San Jose; and 2) a consortium between the University of California at Santa Cruz
cont. and 2) a consortium between the University of California at Santa Cruz, and two CSU campuses: Monterey Bay, and San Jose.
Video Publications 2003 Co-Editing: Leading for Diversity. How School Leaders Promote Positive Inter-Ethnic Relations. By Henze, R. (2003) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.
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