Ayele Dodoo serves as a Network Director in WestEd’s Quality Schools and Districts team. She leads WestEd’s School Leadership Team Networks and pioneered WestEd’s Implementation Matrix. Currently, Dodoo’s work focuses on the transformative power of strong school leaders and school leadership teams.
Prior to joining WestEd, Dodoo served as the Director of Secondary Education in the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) in California, where she set the vision and implemented systems to transition to and implement the Common Core State Standards in middle and high schools. Dodoo was also responsible for the inception, development, and scaling of the Linked Learning approach districtwide, building a college and career pipeline from the middle schools. She also wrote a successful $6-million Career Pathways Trust grant to institutionalize work-based learning within the Linked Learning Pathways.
Before joining MUSD, Dodoo worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. She provided customized instructional training to schools and districts, in addition to coordinating a principal coaching program.
Previously, Dodoo served as a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center X leadership and instructional coach in a variety of educational settings and was a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. She has taught masters-level courses at UCLA and at Whittier College.
Dodoo received a BA in history from Stanford University; an MA in education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University; and an EdD in educational leadership from UCLA.