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Daniel Russell

Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CCRTL)
Instructional Coach
Greater Los Angeles Area
Daniel Russell has been an educator for over 24 years. He entered into public school education as a 1994 Teach for America corps member where he was placed in the Los Angeles area. In Los Angeles, he taught 3rd – 5th grade for 9 years at 99th Street Elementary School in the Watts community. At 99th, he was introduced to culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) teaching via the Language Development Program for African American Students (LDPAAS) which later became the Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP). He served as a facilitator for LDPAAS/AEMP for 8 years before passing on the role to another teacher and taking on the role of EL Coordinator. While at 99th, his 5th grade class was featured in a segment about linguistics on the PBS special entitled Do You Speak American?

In 2003, he left 99th and became a founding teacher at Dr. Hollie’s charter school – Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS). At CLAS, he served for 10 years, first as a 5th grade teacher then as a history teacher for 6th – 8th grade. While serving at CLAS, he also took on the role of instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CCRTL). As an instructional coach for CCRTL he specializes in culturally responsive classroom management and culturally responsive standardized test preparation.

In 2014, he shifted to teaching 6th grade Humanities at Aspire Slauson Academy in the south LA area. After 2 years in this role, he left the classroom for the first time in his career and took on the role of Dean of Culture and Climate. As dean, part of his role was coaching and supporting teachers with CLR. He also worked on a culturally responsive approach to PBIS and MTSS.

Currently, he is serving as a full-time instructional coach with CCRTL while pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership at USC’s Rossier School of Education. He is particularly interested in exploring the connections between restorative justice and trauma informed practices, and culturally responsive pedagogy.