Laurie Olsen

Laurie Olsen, Ph.D., is the Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) initiative of the Sobrato Family Foundation, currently being replicated in 69 schools across 12 school districts in California. She has spent the last five decades researching, writing, advocating, and providing leadership development and technical assistance on educational equity with an emphasis on immigrant and English Learner education, language access and rights.

Working with hundreds of school districts, school leadership teams and county offices of education across the nation, Dr. Olsen has designed and implemented powerful PreK-12th grade English Learner programs and services, which support effective school change strategies. Her acclaimed Secondary School Leadership for English Learner Success series has reached hundreds of educators throughout California. She currently serves on the California Public Schools Accountability Advisory Committee, and on state Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Accountability Task Force.

Dr. Olsen has published dozens of books, videos and articles on English Learner education, including the award winning Made in America: Immigrants in U.S. Schools and Reparable Harm: Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity for California’s Long Term English Learners. For 23 years, she directed California Tomorrow’s work in K-12 education. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from U.C. Berkeley, and serves on the Executive Board of Californians Together – a coalition to protect the rights of English Learners.
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