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Mira-Lisa Katz

Mira-Lisa Katz is an Associate Director with WestEd’s Learning and Technology team.

Katz supports high-visibility research and development projects focused on professional learning and literacy at the secondary and postsecondary levels, develops tools for student and teacher learning, and disseminates research findings. She is currently a content specialist for the 2025 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Framework Update and is co-chair for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) SEL Providers Council Steering Committee.

Katz is professor emerita of English at Sonoma State University (SSU), where she taught courses in literacy studies, applied linguistics, and English education to preservice teachers and coordinated the English Single Subject Credential Preparation Program. While at SSU, she coauthored California State University’s evidence-based Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum, now taught in over half of California’s high schools.

Katz has led professional learning workshops for teachers and teacher educators and supported teacher professional learning in states across the country. A recipient of honors and awards for her research in literacy and arts education, Katz has edited a book, Moving Ideas: Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools (2013), and co-edited the Leading Literacy Change column for the International Reading Association’s Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Katz earned an MA and PhD in language, literacy, and culture from University of California, Berkeley, an MFA in dance and creative practice from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a BA in French and linguistics from Mills College.