Magaly Lavadenz

Magaly Lavadenz
Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership, Executive Director of the Center for Equity for English Learners, School of Education,
Loyola Marymount University

Magaly Lavadenz holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership and is founding executive director of the Center for Equity for English Learners at the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Her research addresses the intersections and impacts of policies and practices for culturally and linguistically diverse students, their teachers, and school leaders. She has published articles, chapters, monographs, and books, including Questioning Our Practices: Bilingual Teacher–Researchers and Transformative Inquiry and, with coeditor Anaida Colón Muñiz, Latino Civil Rights in Education: La Lucha Sigue. A community-engaged scholar–activist, Lavadenz has held leadership positions at Californians Together, the California Association for Bilingual Education, the California Association for Bilingual Teacher Education, and the California Council on Teacher Education. Lavadenz received her PhD from the University of Southern California.

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Publications by Magaly Lavadenz
Promising Practices
This case study identifies promising practices for newcomer education implemented in San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD), one of 12 local educational agencies (LEAs) funded under the California Newcomer Education and Well-Being (CalNEW) project…
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…