Karla Estrada

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Director of Education

Boston, Massachusetts

Karla Estrada is the director of education at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Formerly she was the deputy superintendent of the Office of Academic and Student Support for Equity Team (ASSET) in Boston Public Schools, which includes the Offices of Opportunity and Achievement Gap, English Language Learners, Special Education Services and Social Emotional Learning and Wellness.

She has spent 20 years in education as an educator and administrator committed to creating educational opportunities for all students. Her leadership in working with schools and partnering with staff supported the transformation of systems driven on compliance to those engaged in attaining successful instructional outcomes for all students. Dr. Estrada has served as a strategic support team member for special education district reviews, and has presented nationally in the area of establishing multi-tiered systems of support, including school wide positive behavior support. She has provided professional development to district leaders, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents in meeting the instructional needs of students grounded in rigor, addressing exclusionary disciplinary practices, and the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.

As an educational leader, Dr. Estrada is committed to ensuring the educational success of all students. She believes that being an education partner with students, families, communities, and fellow educators is essential to creating the opportunities needed to achieve this success for all. Dr. Estrada leads by establishing systems and building capacity of stakeholders. Until recently, her administrative career in the Los Angeles Unified School District involved working with local and central support for over 135 schools in the Intensive Support and Innovation Center where schools with the most autonomy and/or highest needs were successful in raising the graduation rate.

Dr. Estrada attained her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University by examining the relationship between English language development and the over 22,000 English learners with specific learning disabilities in an urban school district. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds multiple credentials in instruction and administration. Karla is committed to creating educational opportunities and access for all children and supporting students, families, community members, and educators toward this common goal.

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