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Rachel Lagunoff

Rachel Lagunoff is a Senior Program Associate in WestEd’s Comprehensive School Assistance Program. She supports schools, districts, and states in implementing content standards and assessments, with a special emphasis in K–12 and adult English language development (ELD) and English language arts (ELA).

Most recently, Lagunoff has been developing and delivering professional development on the new California ELD standards, including the California Department of Education’s online ELD standards professional learning modules. She has also offered seminars on Smarter Balanced performance tasks for ELA at California Teachers Association events.

Previously, in Assessment and Standards Development Services program, Lagunoff served as Smarter Balanced Project Management Partner liaison for the Transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) work group, and conducted alignment studies on the relationship between previous state standards and the CCSS for ELA/Literacy. She also developed, reviewed, and aligned standards and assessments for K-12 ELA and ELD, as well as adult English as a second language.

Lagunoff coauthored two WestEd guidebooks describing effective strategies for teaching language within science and mathematics content courses in grades 6–12: Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers and Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers.

Prior to joining WestEd, Lagunoff taught college and teacher education courses in linguistics, applied linguistics, and developmental writing. She has also taught high school English and French and adult English as a second language.

She received an MA in teaching English as a second language and a PhD in applied linguistics, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.