Maria Santos

Director, School/District Services Engagement, Comprehensive School Assistance Program

María Santos is the Engagement Director for School and District Services in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd. Santos provides management, oversight, and leadership to CSAP senior engagement managers and school and district facilitators. She also advises the CSAP Program Director on the development, implementation, and policies and procedures that ensure CSAP's staff is adequate in number, skills, and experience to help state and local education agencies ensure students are well prepared for college and career. Santos is also the Co-Chair and Senior Advisor for Leadership at Understanding Language, Stanford University. This project focuses on helping English language learners meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. From 2010–2014, Santos served as Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Leadership, and Equity-in-Action for the Oakland (CA) Unified School District. Prior to 2010, she was the Senior Instructional Manager and Superintendent for the Office of English Language Learners at the New York City Department of Education. She led efforts to ensure that Children First reforms were raising the academic rigor of English language learners through quality teaching and learning. Early in these reforms, Santos led the restructuring of New York City's Early Childhood, ELL, and Instructional Technology departments. Santos also served 20 years in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). As Associate Superintendent, she supervised the development of major instructional improvement initiatives and gained SFUSD the recognition as an Exemplary Site by the U.S. Department of Education's National Award for Professional Development. She received an MS in educational administration from San Francisco State University.