Claire L. Castagna University of California-Santa Cruz, USA
Claire Castagna is a program director and outreach consultant for the New Teacher Center’s administrator induction program, Coaching School Leaders to Attain Student Success. She has 28 years experience in education as a bilingual teacher, bilingual program coordinator, assistant principal and principal. Throughout her career, Claire has focused on implementing programs that ensure that second language learners achieve excellence. She has presented her work in second language literacy at TESOL and CABE conferences. As a principal, Claire led her school to a California Distinguished School Award and became a mentor principal for the Santa Cruz County Baldrige in Education Consortium. Since 2001, Claire has coached beginning principals as they learn to balance the daily demands of the principalship with their role as instructional leader and change agent. She has collaborated in the development of CLASS as a model of support for beginning principals and leads the development of the Improving Student Achievement series of workshops for site administrators on standards based supervision.