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Stephanie Baker

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  • K-12 Administrator 

BIO

Stehanie Baker is the Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer for the Pomona Unified School District (PUSD). The Pomona Unified School District is an urban district in Los Angeles County with a K-12 student enrollment over 26,000.

PUSD has 42 schools and serve a student population that is 82.5% Hispanic. Over 36% of our students are English Language Learners, more than 77.2% are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and 9.2% are students with disabilities. We have 21 elementary and 10 secondary schools in Program Improvement.

Two middle schools and one high school were part of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. Under Ms. Baker's leadership, the district was singled out by the California State Board of Education as a model for SIG schools throughout the state.

Despite challenges, Diamond Ranch High school and Village Academy have repeatedly been ranked among the top 500 U.S. High Schools. PUSD's schools are Title 1 Achieving Schools, California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, and AVID National Demonstration Schools. 

EXPERTISE

LINKED LEARNING
Pomona has long been a proponent of Linked Learning, through two National Academy Foundation schools - Palomares Academy of Health Sciences and the Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design. Cortez Mathematics and Science Magnet School, and La Verne Science & Technology Charter School offer students rigorous, focused academics. Career Pathway Programs in the high schools include Multi-Media and Design, Law and Government, Visual & Performing Arts, Environmental Sciences, and Medical/Health Professions.


INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS
PUSD has not only dual enrollment with colleges and universities, but an innovative partnership with Western University that introduces students to medical internships beginning in elementary school. Students and their families are introduced to the medical profession, visiting universities and working alongside health professionals who mentor them through secondary education, college, and medical school.


UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS
PUSD offers cutting edge technology with Cal Poly professors engaged in teaching robotics and solar boar competitions at the elementary and middle school levels. Harvey Mudd College sponsors MY Computer Science for middle-school students who can then follow career pathways into high school.

PUSD also has a collaborative partnership with Cambridge Education on the development of a comprehensive approach to instructional quality and its impact on academic achievement for English Learners.


GRANT WRITING
PUSD has partnered with Cal Poly Pomona in the "Great Leaders for Great Schools" program which trains teachers to become outstanding educational leaders. Many of PUSD's principals and assistant principals have been participants in the "Great Leaders" program.

PUSD has partnered with Cal Poly on the CEMast Program to evaluate the impact of a professional development program on supporting middle school science and mathematics mentor teachers.

PUSD is a partner in Cal Poly's RESPeCT grant in support of elementary science programs and learning. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Stephanie Baker holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Chicago State University (summa cum laude), a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (cum laude), and full California credentials.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
* Association of California School Administrators
- Presenter, ACSA Region XV, Leadership Matters, Conference Symposium
- Presenter, 21st Century Community Learning Center, Professional Development Workshop and Annual Awards Program
* Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
* National Alliance of Black School Educators
* National Alliance of Secondary School Principals