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Ruben Cortez



Ruben Cortez

Core Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
Human Development and Education
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dr. Cortez is an educator with over 25 years of experience as a secondary teacher and administrator and as a national consultant before joining Pacific Oaks. Dr. Cortez has presented nationally and internationally, trained secondary and elementary school administrators on managing organizational change, and coached teachers and instructional leaders as they implement instructional strategies to raise student achievement in struggling students. Dr. Cortez is Recognized for his work in ensuring school cultures that encourage continuous improvement and a desire for lifelong learning in both teachers and students, with a focus on students from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. Dr. Cortez has a reputation for being a passionate leader, mentor, and motivator for teachers, students, and leaders. Dr. Cortez is a native Los Angeleno and is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
EdD Organizational Change and Leadership University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2019
MA Curriculum and Instruction Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1997
BA Liberal Studies Cal State Northridge, Northridge, CA 1991
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Critical Thinking General Expertise
Curriculum and Program Development General Expertise
Diversity Culture-centered Pedagogy
K-12 Education General Expertise
Multicultural Education
Educational Leadership
Organizational Leadership
Leadership Transformational Leadership

Misrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Ed

Ways that teachers respond to bullying in K-8 schools

Use of Alternative Discipline Practices