Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #1
Fireside Chat: November 8, 2023

Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #1

Join us for Fireside Chat #55!

In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD). This chat kicks off a series of chats with 2023 California Expanded Learning Leadership Awardees who were recognized earlier this year during the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. In this first inspirational chat, we are joined by:

  • Rahele Atabaki, Director of Early Childhood Education, Teacher Instruction, Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, Washington Unified School District – Region 3, Innovation Leadership Award
  • Crystal-Jo Blanchard, ASSETs Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Westminister – Region 9, Orange County, Innovation Leadership Award
  • Ana Parada, ASES After-School Program Coordinator, Pathways to College K8 – Region 10, San Bernardino, Innovation Leadership Award



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