Keynote Speakers

Tuesday Keynote Speakers

                                                                                                                        Merryl Goldberg, Ed.D.
M_Goldberg_photoDr. Goldberg
is a Professor in the School of arts at California State University San Marcos and Executive Director of Center ARTES. She teaches classes related to music, and learning through the arts. Her publications include the books, Arts Integration: teaching subject matter through the arts in multicultural settings (4th edition, Pearson); Teaching English Language Learners through the Arts: A SUAVE Experience (2004, Allyn and Bacon); and Arts as Education (1992, Harvard Educational Review). She is the recipient of Federal grants including Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant from the DOE Office of Innovation and Improvement, Spencer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grants, California Arts Council, and Fulbright-Hays Foundations grants relating to her work with arts in the schools. Merryl is also a professional saxophonist and recording artist. She toured internationally for 13 years with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and has recorded over a dozen CDs with major labels. She received her undergraduate degree from New England Conservatory of Music and her Doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Goldberg is co-principal investigator on the DREAM (Developing Reading Education through Arts Methods) project and regularly speaks at national, statewide, and local conferences on the need and benefits of arts in education. She is currently overseeing the teacher training for San Diego Unified School District’s “Learning Through the Arts” Initiative.

Joe Landon
Joe LandonJoe Landon
is the Executive Director of the California Alliance for Arts Education, a nonprofit organization that advances visual and performing arts education in K-12 public schools. Prior to joining the Alliance staff in 2006, Joe worked for four years as a senior consultant for Assembly member Wilma Chan, focusing on early childhood education and health issues. Prior to that, he worked as a principal consultant and speechwriter for Assembly Speaker Emeritus Robert Hertzberg.

The bulk of Landon’s professional career was spent as a practicing artist. Joe was a Playwright in Residence at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and his plays and musicals were produced there as well as at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York and the Z Space in San Francisco. He also spent 15 years writing for television in Los Angeles, with credits that include the movie “The Comeback Kid” and the award-winning series “The Paper Chase.”

Joe lives in Davis with his wife Laura, and the comings and goings of three fully grown children. Website:

Wednesday Keynote Speaker

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Joyce L. EpsteinJoyce
Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D.
in sociology from Johns Hopkins University; is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), Principal Research Scientist, and Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. In 1995, she established the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), which provides professional development to enable school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community involvement. Dr. Epstein has over one hundred publications on family and community involvement including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition (Corwin Press, 2009), which guides partnership program development, and a textbook for college courses for future teachers and administrators calledSchool, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools, second edition (Westview, 2011). Among recent awards, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009 and received the 2009 Elizabeth Cohen Award for Applied Research from AERA’s Sociology of Education Special Interest Group. Her current research focuses on how district and school leadership affects the quality of schools’ programs of family and community involvement and results for students. In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.

For Dr. Epstein’s publications, see the Publications List in the section Research and Evaluation at