Educational Data & Leadership Certificate Information


Spring 2019 Registration is now open!

Program Coordinator

Dr. Carlos Ayala

The Educational Data Leadership Certificate program provides P-14 administrators, directors, and educators with the necessary analytic techniques to improve instructional and educational effectiveness, discover new approaches, and to optimize the quality of decision-making and leadership techniques with the use of data and data systems. The certificate program leads learners in identifying data sources for effective use and determining the best analysis to improve and provide leadership strategies to promote an equitable and informed education environment where staff, students and members of the entire school community can work together to improve student outcomes.

The 16-week, 1 night a week program, includes workshops, labs, group discussion, and oral presentations. The certificate program has seven themes build into the course:

  • Examining Education Equity and Access/Demographics
  • Studying Third Grade Reading Assessment data; 8 grade Mathematics Assessment data
  • Informing Leadership through Data/Research
  • Utilizing your own data to conduct data analysis, formulate interpretations, and share results with peers.
  • Create a community with a collective responsibility for collaboration to leads to real impact>
  • Building on knowledge through empowerment
  • Creating powerful connections between student data and teaching and learning.

In this course, you will have access to the being of a leader, and the effective exercise of leadership as your natural self-expression. Leadership is not about title, position, authority, intelligence, or influence. Being a Leader, is about the mastery of leadership, leaving you transformed as a leader and exercising leadership successfully.


The Educational Data & Leadership Certificate Information course for Spring 2019 is now open.

Program Coordinator

Carlos Cuauhtémoc Ayala is Dean of Education at Sonoma State University. He has taught courses on secondary science methods as well as courses of quantitative research methods at University of California at Davis. His current research focuses on understanding student science learning through formative assessment, and computer science simulations for learning and assessment. He has developed simulations to tap into middle school students' notions of forces and motion as well as developing High School Chemistry formative assessments using Minstrell's Diagnoser program. He currently serves as CoPI and PI on two NSF grants and is an advisor to multiple NSF formative assessment projects as well as serves on the NAEP Technology Literacy Planning Committee. He proposes "Assessment Pedagogies" as a model of formative assessment (Ayala and Brandon, 2008). Dr. Ayala started his professional career as a fuel alcohol chemist with the United Energy Corporation. He then taught science and math in California Public schools for 10 years. He served as a school principal of a bilingual whole language elementary school. He completed his graduate work with Dr. Richard Shavelson at Stanford University in 2002. He believes that it is the role of teachers to keep the joy of learning alive for all children and that assessments can be used to bring out the genius in all students.


Jesus Guzman

Jesus Guzman, is a Program Associate with PolicyLink, a national research institute advancing racial and economic equity. Jesús supports the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color team by providing policy and data analysis to community partner organizations serving low-income communities of color in California. Jesús also brings experience in providing economic analysis with the Marin Economic Forum and previously served as the Program Director for Centro Laboral de Graton. He holds a master's in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ayumi Nagase

Dr. Ayumi Nagase, has been a professor of Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University since 2016. One of her long-standing interests is promoting young students’ growth through effective collaborations among family, school, and larger community. Since 2008, he has been involved with a number of research projects focusing on effective ways to promote equity in educational settings by empowering mothers’ self-efficacy beliefs across diverse countries.

Lori Rhodes

Dr. Lori Rhodes, is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sonoma State University. She has worked in education for over twenty years, serving as a teacher and an administrator in public, independent, and charter schools in California, New York, and Connecticut. She holds a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University and a PhD in History of Education from Stanford University. Dr. Rhodes is committed to providing educational opportunities for all students by creating a rigorous and supportive college and career ready culture.