Director, Center on School Turnaround
Carlas McCauley serves as director of the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd. He has over 15 years of experience working in school reform and policy development at the local and national level. Prior to joining WestEd, he oversaw the administration of the federal School Improvement Grants Program at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of School Turnaround. He helped administer approximately $6 billion dedicated to improving low-performing schools across the country. Prior to that, McCauley worked as the project director for the National Association of State Boards of Education. In this role, he led efforts to assess and pass state policies that enhanced school improvement efforts in secondary schools and also led a national study on school turnaround, “State’s Role in Improving Low-Performing Schools Through Restructuring.” He also worked on a number of the reform efforts in the Los Angeles Unified School District. McCauley earned a doctorate in education policy from the University of Southern California.