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Elva Cortez-Covarrubias, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


A bilingual educator, administrator, and social justice leader, Dr. Cortez-Covarrubias grew up in Wilmington, California, where her family has lived since the late 1800s. She currently serves as Director of the Certificated Performance and Evaluation Support Unit for LAUSD. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSU Los Angeles, her award-winning dissertation highlighting the narratives/testimonios of four Latina principals who retell how their experiences as English Learners were the impetus for establishing successful dual language programs.

With a B.A. in Political Science & Chicano/a Studies, an M.A. in Political Science, and an M.Ed. from UCLA's Principal Leadership Institute, Dr. Cortez-Covarrubias teaches in the M.A. in Teaching Program at GSEP and teaches her daughter to speak Spanish.

Areas of Research Interest
Leadership, English Language Learners, Women in Leadership.