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Karla Estrada

Chief Academic Officer, Council of the Great City Schools
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Karla V. Estrada, Ed.D. has spent over 25 years as an educational leader committed to successfully addressing educational opportunities for all students. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer of the Council of the Great City Schools.  

Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Estrada served as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), a statewide agency charged to lead instructional improvement and transformation support provided to school districts and charter schools, especially those addressing academic inequities among student groups. At CCEE, Dr. Estrada was CAST’s first Program Officer for our California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy Grant.

Before working at CCEE, Dr. Estrada served in Boston Public Schools as the Deputy Superintendent of Academic and Student Support for Equity Team (ASSET), which included the offices of the Opportunity and Achievement Gap, English Learner Supports, Special Education Services, Social Emotional Learning and Wellness, and Academics and Professional Learning.

Dr. Estrada is the child of immigrants and once experienced homelessness. Her own life journey required a great deal of resiliency and strength which is grounded in her cultural-linguistic identity.  She knows her story is like many of the students in our school communities, and like the educators in her life that focused on the assets she had, not the ones she did not have, Dr. Estrada stays focused on what is possible!  She believes partnering with students, families, communities, and fellow educators is essential to creating the opportunities needed to achieve success for all.

Dr. Estrada obtained 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.

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