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Advocating for Transgender Students and Navigating the Media Coverage

Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Advocating for Transgender Students and Navigating the Media Coverage

Presented by Dr. David Vannasdall, Superintendent, Arcadia Unified School District, CA; and Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer, Arcadia Unified School District, CA

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Transgender student rights have been a controversial topic in schools across the country in recent years. The Arcadia Unified School District was one of the first districts in the country to have a complaint filed against it and to reach a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice.

After a plethora of negative stories about this issue, the willingness for Arcadia to break its public silence and open up to the media led to Superintendent Dr. David Vannasdall being featured on ABC 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. Through this years-long journey, the Arcadia Unified School District learned how to better work with and advocate for transgender students.

In this edWebinar, learn:

  • How to advocate for your transgender students
  • How to work with the media to create a positive story
  • Tips for a successful on-camera interview of district leaders

This recorded presentation will be of particular benefit to elementary through high school teachers, school and district leaders, and PR and community leaders.

About the Presenters

Dr. David Vannasdall has been Superintendent of the Arcadia Unified School District in California since July 2014. He has proudly served the Arcadia community for more than a decade. He is one of the foremost innovative superintendents in the country and has helped transform the Arcadia Unified School District into one of the most forward-thinking and successful school districts in the United States. With his student-first approach to leadership, he is a dedicated advocate for children who ensures all students are provided with an optimal learning environment. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in secondary social studies from the University of Kentucky then later earned two Master of Arts degrees, one in school counseling from Xavier University and one in education administration from the University of Cincinnati. He also went on to earn his educational doctorate degree in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 2016.


Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer for the Arcadia Unified School District in California, is both an award-winning public relations professional and journalist. In addition to his role on his superintendent’s executive cabinet as a trusted advisor, he serves as the Southern California Regional Chair for the California School Public Relations Association. A former news reporter and media relations expert, his district has garnered unprecedented positive media coverage under his guidance and leadership.


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Thursday, October 3, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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