Karla Estrada, Ed.D.

Dr. Karla Estrada has spent over 20 years as an educational leader committed to successfully addressing educational opportunities for all students. She currently serves as the deputy associate director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) where she will be spearheading an ambitious effort to help reform California’s special education system.  CCEE is a state-wide agency responsible for supporting county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools in eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps determined through California’s State Accountability Dashboard.  Previously, Dr. Karla Estrada served the 56,000 students in Boston Public Schools as the Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Academic and Student Support for Equity Team (ASSET), which includes the Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gap, Office of English Language Learners, Office of Special Education Services, Office of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness and Academics & Professional Learning. 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.

Her leadership in working with national organizations, school districts, and schools has resulted in 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 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 and differentiated needs of students grounded in rigor, addressing exclusionary disciplinary practices, and the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.

Dr. Estrada believes that all students can learn. She has spent more than 20 years in education focused on working collaboratively, systematically, and innovatively to attain the educational promise of all students are able to actualize their fullest potential.  Dr. Estrada’s 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 that being an educational partner with students, families, communities, and fellow educators is essential to creating the opportunities needed to achieve success for all.  Dr. Estrada leads by establishing systems and building capacity of stakeholders.

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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