Manny Barbara

Vice President, Advocacy and Thought Leadership

Manny Barbara, Vice President at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, served as superintendent of the Oak grove School District for over 10 years.  Under his leadership, all student subgroups showed improved student performance, leading to the district receiving the Applied Materials/Springboard Schools overall achievement award.  While at the SVEF, he has been a leader in drawing attention to the importance of proper math placement at grade 8 algebra and grade 9 geometry, partnered with districts in adopting the A-G course sequence as the default curriculum, and guided a collective impact initiative creating the East Side Alliance, a partnership involving eight school districts serving over 85,000 students.

 

Mr. Barbara is a four-time recipient of the ACSA Regions 8 Administrator of the Year; the 100 Black Men Educator of the Year; the California Alliance Culturally Courageous Leader Award; the Santa Clara County School Psychologists Lifetime Achievement Award, the City of San Jose Excellence in Education Award, and ACSA Robert E. Kelley award.

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