Before retirement, Linda Carstens was the Director of Professional Learning at the School Redesign Network at the School of Education, Stanford University. She has 30+ years of district-level administrator experience in California, in San Diego City Schools and other school districts, in the areas of standards, assessment, curriculum and instruction, and in services for English Language Learners. She served as a Visiting Educator in the Accountability Branch of the California Department of Education. At WestEd, she worked with California districts in the area of systemic reform and second language, and for two years, co-provided the state’s Title III technical assistance obligation to districts. She earned a Ph.D. in multicultural education from Claremont Graduate University in 1993. Linda resides in New Mexico. She has been a member of two national advisory boards related to education for EL students and serves as a peer reviewer for federal ESSA applications, for Achieve, Ed Reports, and ELSF projects.