Magaly Lavadenz

Magaly Lavadenz
Magaly Lavadenz
Distinguished Professor of English Learner Policy, Research and Practice,
Loyola Marymount University

Magaly Lavadenz is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She is also the founding director of LMU’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Lavadenz is a past president of the California Association for Bilingual Education; founding president of the California Association of Bilingual Teacher Educators; and president for the California Council on Teacher Education. Born in Cuba, she is a former bilingual classroom teacher and ESL teacher specialist in K–12 schools. Her research interests include the education of Latino and bilingual teachers; the experiences of the Central American immigrant community; public policy affecting language use and education; and biliteracy development. She received her PhD in education, specializing in language, literacy, and learning from the University of Southern California.

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Publications by Magaly Lavadenz
This article examines how district administrators’ conceptions of equity relate to the implementation of finance reform. The authors use sensemaking theory and four views of equity—libertarian, liberal, democratic liberal, and transformative—to…
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was signed into law in 2013, and represents the most significant change in California education finance and governance in 40 years. It moves additional funds to districts with students in poverty,…
The Local Control Funding Formula in Year 3
This report seeks to help policymakers and others better understand ways in which LCFF implementation is changing fundamental aspects of resource allocation and governance in California’s K-12 education system. The LCFF provides all districts with…