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Barbara Murchison

Director, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Barbara Murchison is the Director of the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education (CDE). In this role, she has the pleasure of leading a team that supports and promotes high quality professional learning for educators as a key strategy for ensuring that every student has every opportunity to be successful in school and in life. Previously, she served as the CDE ESSA State Lead and as the Administrator of the Educator Excellence Office and the Common Core Systems Implementation Office. Before coming to the CDE, Barbara taught for 17 years, serving students and families in urban California public schools, including extensive work with students from under-resourced communities, English learners, and students in special education programs.