Dr. Ginny Boris
Virginia “Ginny” Boris is a lecturer at Fresno State University and the Co-Director of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI). She teaches and mentors aspiring educational leaders at the Master’s and Doctoral level in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Committed to making the University experience relevant, Dr. Boris has enhanced the University’s Central Valley footprint through course-based fieldwork, interagency partnerships, and CVELI programs and events. Dr. Boris is beginning her sixth year at Fresno State following a 37 year career in the Clovis Unified School District serving as a teacher, high school administrator, middle school principal and area superintendent; she served her last 15 years as associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Boris has conducted extensive studies on curriculum alignment having focused her doctoral work on the subject. She is a lead Curriculum Management Auditor and has served on curriculum audits across America for over a decade. Last year she conducted 37 workshops in the Central Valley on school leadership, instructional improvement and transitioning to the Common Core..
Marc Johnson retired in June 2013, after a 37-year career in public education as a teacher and administrator. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute at California State University Fresno after retiring as the Superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District, where he had served for 14 years. Sanger Unified students include high minority, high poverty, and high English Language Learner populations. In 2004 the district was one of 98 school districts in California to be named a Program Improvement (PI) District due to low performance of English Learners. Two years later the District was one of the first to exit PI status due to the continued improvement in student achievement in all groups, but in particular with EL Learners.
Sanger Unified has seen dramatic improvements in all of its schools especially at sites that had been traditionally underperforming. In the last 8 years Sanger schools have been recognized as California State Distinguished Schools 20 times, Title I Academic Achieving Schools 18 times, and three Schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. All three of the District’s middle schools have been named as “Schools to Watch” due to their continuous dramatic improvement making Sanger only the second district in America to have every middle school program receive this recognition. In 2011, Mr. Johnson was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.