Gina Olabuenaga, Ed.D
Curriculum Development Manager
Early in her teaching career, Gina became a writing project fellow with the Los Angeles Writing Project. The experience sparked an interest in the role effective professional development could play in shaping teachers’ practice. Shortly thereafter, she pursued an educational doctorate (Ed.D) in Teacher Education for Multicultural Societies (TEMS) at the University of Southern California. Her research examined the professional development models of successful schools that were integrating 21st century skills education and project-based learning.
Gina most recently taught 5th grade at an Apple Distinguished Pre-K-5 math/ science/ technology magnet in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a founding teacher of that magnet school, she has implemented a one-to-one, 24-7 laptop program with SMART board technologies. Her work has focused on technology integration in the context of project-based learning to help students communicate effectively, collaborate, and build reflective practice.
Committed to the sharing of best practices, Gina has designed and facilitated various professional developments for her school site, the district at large, and on behalf of the Los Angeles Writing Project. Topics have included writing, 6+1 traits, project-based learning, and technology integration.
Gina received a BA in English with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of California, Irvine. She holds a multiple-subject credential with CLAD certification, and a supplemental waiver in single-subject English.