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January 9, 2023
ACSA Region 16 welcomes Karla Estrada as the new Deputy Superintendent of Instruction for LAUSD.
Estrada is a bilingual-bicultural education leader committed to closing opportunity and achievement gaps, serving previously as the Chief Academic Officer at the Council of the Great City Schools and as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. At CCEE, a statewide agency charged to lead instructional improvement and transformation support with school districts and charter schools, Estrada worked collaboratively with national content experts and other state agencies such as the California Department of Education, County Offices of Education and Special Education Local Plan Areas.
In addition, Estrada served in Boston Public Schools as the Deputy Superintendent of Academic and Student Support for Equity Team.
Estrada is a graduate of Los Angeles Unified and spent over 20 years serving students in multiple roles at the district. These include as a special education teacher and area administrator working directly with schools and district leaders in attaining successful educational outcomes for all students, especially students with disabilities and English learners. She has earned multiple degrees, credentials and certifications, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies; an Applied Behavior Analysis Certification; a Master of Arts in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University; and a Doctorate in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
As the daughter of immigrants and a formerly unhoused student, Estrada’s desire to increase academic outcomes for LAUSD students carries deep personal significance.
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