Roderick Castro

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Concentration

  • Teacher Education


EDD University of California, Los Angeles, Dissertation: Establishing a Peer & Mentoring Network to Support Achievement as an Intervention for Underachieving Gifted Latino High School Students 

EDM University of California, Los Angeles, Educational Administration, Administrative Services Credential 

BA University of California, Berkeley, Political Science - International Relations

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Roderick Castro, EdD has 25+ years of experience working as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle and high school level, supervising Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education and Operations.  He has designed and taught several classes on English Language acquisition, differentiation and non-traditional giftedness in the Early Childhood Program for UCLA & UCSD Extension, and has been teaching in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at USC since 2010.  His research on underachieving gifted students from underrepresented populations has been recognized several times by local and state level educational organizations.   He is currently the Director for State & Federal Programs for San Francisco Unified School District.  

Castro received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Masters in Educational Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Bachelors in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Awards and Grants

  • 2017 CALSA Principal Mentor
  • 2016 Chair, Coordinated Services & Targeted Resources Work Group -Our Children Our Families Council, City of San Francisco 
  • 2016 Superintendents Leadership Academy, Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators
  • 2015 Presenter, Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators, Albuquerque
  • 2012 Advisory Board, Reading Certificate Program, USC
  • 2010 Awardee- best practices at the 2010 Conclave of the California Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators (CALSA) at UCLA March 12, 2010 & UC Davis Conclave (10/2010) 

Courses Taught

EDUC 676: Literacy Development & Instruction in Secondary Education

EDUC 672: Integrated Language Development Across The Curriculum

EDUC 558: Culture Learning in Schools: Latinos in California

EDUC 501: Instruction for Teaching English as a New Language

EDUC 568A & B: Guided Practice, Supervised Practicum in Observation & Teaching

EDUC 504: Foundations of Literacy Development & Instruction

EDUC 510: Foundations of Learning in the TESOL Classroom