Madeleine Mejia, EdD is responsible for leading and teaching in the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program. In this capacity, Dr. Mejia prepares K-12 educators to become experts in literacy instruction across the disciplines as they effectively diagnose and remediate students’ diverse needs in reading and writing. She also coaches educators how to engage in Critical Self-Reflective practices to review, analyze and improve their decision-making processes that impact curriculum selection, development, delivery and implementation. Additionally, Dr. Mejia creates curriculum and directs program initiatives for teachers, these include: Induction/Clear Credential program for novice teachers, writing institutes, Inquiry-Based Learning with a Social Justice approach and customized programs designed to meet the specific needs of K-12 schools. Dr. Mejia also serves as a program and accreditation site reviewer for the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Board of Instructional Reviewers.
Dr. Mejia’s research interests include: 1) the relationship between self-reflective practices teachers use to examine their instruction and their self-awareness of pedagogical content knowledge needs in reading comprehension instruction; 2) instructional approaches to teach critical literacy and develop students’ self-regulatory behaviors; 3) students’ relationship with writing, and 4) teachers’ roles and active agency in professional development programs/ inquiry into professional practice.
Dr. Mejia was as an elementary classroom teacher and Literacy Coordinator for the Boston Public School District. During that time, she taught K-2 students during the school’s literacy block and provided coaching and feedback to K-5 teachers in literacy practices such as: Guided Reading, Word Study, and Writer’s Workshop. After her move back to Los Angeles, Dr. Mejia worked for a private consulting educational company preparing teachers and school administrators in research-based instruction and data-analysis of student work to improve instructional practices. Dr. Mejia holds a BA in English Literature with a Minor in Education Studies from UCLA, an Advanced Study in English Literature from Oxford University, an EdM from Harvard University in Language and Literacy with licensure in K-12 Literacy, and an EdD from the University of Southern California in Teacher Education.