• Karla V. Estrada, Ed.D. is the Chief Academic Officer of the Council of the Great City Schools. Dr. Estrada has spent over 25 years as an educational leader committed to closing opportunity and achievement gaps.  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. Dr. 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.  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.

    A graduate of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s alternative education program, Estrada served in multiple roles in the nation’s second largest district, including 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. 

    Throughout the years, Dr. Estrada has served on many of the Council’s special education strategic support teams. As a daughter of immigrants and a student that once experienced homelessness, she shares the organization’s desire to close the academic achievement gaps between students in large city schools and their peers across the country.