Madeline Mavrogordato
Assistant Professor, K-12 Educational Administration


  • Charter schools
  • Education reform
  • English language learners
  • Federal policy
  • Hispanic students
  • Leadership
  • Principals

Madeline Mavrogordato is an assistant professor of K-12 educational administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University. As a former bilingual elementary school teacher in south Texas and northern California, Mavrogordato gained a deep understanding of the critical role that policy implementation plays in education reform. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how district, state and federal policies and systems of school governance impact educational outcomes for underserved student populations, particularly immigrants and English-language learners. In addition, Mavrogordato studies the role that school leaders play in educational reform and policy implementation. Her research on school leadership examines principal evaluation systems, how principals respond to performance feedback, and leadership practices in traditional public and charter schools. Mavrogordato received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2013 from policy and politics division of the American Educational Research Association. She received her doctorate in leadership and policy studies from Vanderbilt University in 2012.