Executive director of UCLA's Center X to serve ongoing term as ex-officio representative of the University of California.
Annamarie Francois, Executive Director of UCLA Center X, has been appointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She will serve an ongoing term as the Ex-Officio representative of the University of California.
As a California state agency, the Commission works to ensure the integrity, relevance, and quality of the preparation, certification, and discipline of the educators who serve all of California’s diverse students. The agency serves as the state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.
In serving as a Commissioner, Francois will draw on her experience and commitment to working to make schools and schools of education equitable spaces for deep learning, critical reflection, and liberation. In her work at UCLA’s Center X, Francois and her colleagues collaborate with local school districts to design and implement professional learning opportunities that live at the intersection of research, practice, and social justice. She is deeply involved in teacher education at UCLA where she serves as a faculty member and the program’s academic administrator.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to not only gain deeper insight into policies and practices that can strengthen educator preparation and development across California, but to share what we are learning across the UC-system about educator learning and innovation focused on social justice, educator quality, and student achievement,” says Francois. “The UCLA Teacher Education Program and Principal Leadership Institute are designed for people who want to teach and lead in struggling schools in California and prepares them to become social justice educators in urban settings. California needs teachers and school leaders who share a commitment to excellence and equity, and I am thrilled to work in collaboration with Commission colleagues who together are playing a critical role in shaping the future of educator policy and practice.”
Francois joined the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies in 1999 and became Director of the UCLA Teacher Education Program in 2010. She was named Executive Director of Center X in 2014. Since joining Center X, Francois has established IMPACT, an innovative, community-based urban teacher residency program; launched the California chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education; collaborated in the design of the UCLA and Mann-UCLA Community Schools which serve as university-assisted public schools in high-needs communities in Los Angeles; and is lead investigator for numerous grant funded initiatives that focus on innovation and research in equity-driven, content-focused educator learning.
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Francois was a K-6 teacher and administrator at the Los Angeles Unified School District, and a founding member of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a grassroots charter school serving the culturally and linguistically rich communities of Pacoima and San Fernando.
A native Californian raised in Los Angeles, Francois holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA, a master’s degree in Administration, Supervision and Higher Education from California State University, Northridge, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.