Porterville College

CHAP Presents: Better Together

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

Is proud to present a special event with

Alan J. Daly

Professor of Education Studies, UC-San Diego

Better Together:

Understanding the Role of Relationships in Educational Change

Friday, April 12th - 7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater (CA-4)

We live in an increasingly connected world where our relationships and interactions are consequential for educational, job, and career success.  Professor Daly’s research on social networks in education has found that while the significant changes that impact our workplaces and personal lives are often documented and monitored through forms such as check lists, plans, and reports, ‘deep change’ does not necessarily result from such blueprints.  Instead, change processes most importantly emerge from and are maintained through the relationships in our social networks.  The interdependence of these social ties moderates, influences, and even determines the direction, speed, and depth of how change in our lives really happens.  It then becomes essential to recognize the importance of the quality of our social ties as we do the work of improving outcomes (personal, professional, and beyond) to understand how change really happens - and where the change processes we depend on for success can break down.

Dr. Alan J. Daly is the Director of the Joint Educational Leadership doctoral program at UC-San Diego, and a Professor in the Department of Education Studies at UCSD.  Professor Daly is also the Executive Editor of a new open-access journal, Educational Neuroscience.  His research and teaching are influenced by his 16 years of public school experience in a variety of instructional and leadership roles.  Dr. Daly’s research primarily focuses on the roles and relationships of leadership, educational policy, and organization structures, and the educational attainment of traditionally marginalized populations.  He draws on his methodological expertise in social network analysis in his work, as described in his book Social Network Theory and Educational Change.  He also has written Thinking and Acting Systemically: Improving School Districts Under Pressure; Leading Holistically: How Schools, Districts, and States Improve Systemically; and co-authored the book Using Research Evidence in Schools.  He has also conducted research in New Zealand and South Africa as a Fulbright Global Scholar. 

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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.

Date & Time: 
Fri, 04/12/2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District