Meet The Staff: Peggy Cordero

Meet The Staff: Peggy Cordero

May 28, 2015 | Minna Toloui

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Peggy Cordero comes to NCCD as a senior program specialist, working closely with several California state and county jurisdictions to help implement and integrate Structured Decision Making® (SDM) decision-support assessments and associated practice-model elements into daily child welfare practice. Based remotely in central California, Peggy also is working on various curriculum development assignments, providing technical assistance on the use of SDM® assessments and providing onsite training on both the assessments and related practice elements.

Peggy Cordero comes to NCCD as a senior program specialist, working closely with several California state and county jurisdictions to help implement and integrate Structured Decision Making® (SDM) decision-support assessments and associated practice-model elements into daily child welfare practice. Based remotely in central California, Peggy also is working on various curriculum development assignments, providing technical assistance on the use of SDM® assessments and providing onsite training on both the assessments and related practice elements.

Peggy came to child welfare practice after working for several years in various professional roles. Among others, computer programmer, newspaper reporter and editor, and field representative for a California state senator are positions Peggy has held. “When I entered the [child welfare] environment, it was like coming home for me,” says Peggy, who is particularly skilled in working with families through her own lived experiences.

Her varied background, including two decades of experience in the child welfare profession as a caseworker, supervisor, and statewide child welfare and probation placement officer educator, informs her work at NCCD. As an educator, Peggy has written curricula and provided classroom training on many practice topics in child welfare and probation placement in all 58 California counties in association with regional training academies and the University of California, Davis. During the same period, Peggy worked as a field coach with child welfare workers and supervisors, supporting practical and best practice skill development. Peggy’s role as educator and field coach provided her opportunities to both remain up to date on daily practice realities and learn about and share emerging practice knowledge with those in the child welfare field.

Peggy worked closely with NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) staff supporting California as an SDM and practice model instructor, so her interest in working at NCCD was a natural next step in her career. “It is really a great honor to be spending the last years of my professional career in this role,” says Peggy. “To finish out my career in this role where we’re affecting practice change on a more macro level, with people and an organization that I so respect and admire, it’s just really an honor.”

To learn more about Peggy’s work, check out CRC and SDM, or contact Peggy.