Louise Santiago, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate School of EducationDirector, Graduate School of Education


Louise J Santiago, PhD, is the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences and Director of the Graduate School of Education. A former middle school and high school principal, Dr. Santiago built the last fully funded high tech high school in California, earned a California Distinguished School honor, exemplary status as a Career Tech Education school, was a subject of a nationwide research study as one of the top 10 achieving principals from California and was the focus of a CDE policy brief prepared by Stanford University regarding the importance of coaching for school leaders. Currently, her research focuses on Communities of Practice as vehicles for equity-focused teams, Social Learning Spaces, and Systems Convening. Louise is also a certified leadership coach holding an ACC certification through the International Coach Federation, the global standard bearers in coach certification. On social media, Louise is most active on Linked In, www.linkedin.com/in/louisejsantiago


  • PhD, P-12 Education Studies, Capella University
  • MA, Educational Leadership, St. Mary's College
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Berkeley


Equicentricity: a narrative inquiry study of school site leaders and their work as equity centered leaders.
Communities of Practice: an investigation of how leaders can grow exponentially with the support of a community of practice.

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EDUC 601-611, 709, 727, 753, and 792