UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Presented by: Henry Gradillas, PhD

The need to expose students to high standards, and strategies used, to encourage and expect students to achieve such standards will be outlined. What challenges do educators face during the implementation of higher standards and what methods should be adopted to effectively overcome such challenges? I will show how to successfully motivate all students by having higher expectations and offering a stricter and more relevant curriculum. Methods of enhancing the learning process by using more creative and challenging teaching strategies will be discussed. A variety of ways will be explored in attempts to keep more minority student s in the educational system in both high school and college.

Dr. Henry Gradillas served as the Principal of Garfield High School during the period depicted in the film "Stand and Deliver" about Jamie Escalante's success and challenges in helping students achieve unheard-of success in calculus. Among others, Dr. Gradillas was a Commissioner for the National Commission on Drug Free Schools with Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos and Dr. William J. Bennet as Co-Chairs under President Bush Sr., Special Consultant on the staff of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction with Dr. Bill Honig, Sacramento California, Principal at several other high schools in California and Michigan, a Motivational Speaker independently and for the College Board, and a Ranch Manager of a 960 Acre Fruit Tree business. Dr. Gradillas is author of “Standing and Delivering: What the Movie Didn’t Tell You,” where he introduces his philosophy of education and the practical school management techniques that help students achieve success through a rigorous education and enthusiasm.
Dr. Gradillas grew up in the Barrios of East L. A. California initially speaking only Spanish. He graduated Roosevelt High School where he had been very active in ROTC and achieved the highest honor – All City Cadet Colonel. He attended UC Davis where he graduated with a BS in Agronomy. At age 50 he returned to college and received his Doctorate in Education Specializing in Secondary Curriculum from BYU. Living in northern Wisconsin with his wife Gayle, he still finds teaching rewarding and continues to teach and tutor at-risk kids. One of his favorite things is hearing that former students are achieving their goals in life.

This event is part of Nadia Kim's Faculty Associate project on Achieving a Rigorous Education that Satisfies Teacher and Learner.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866. 

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.

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