Magdalena Castaneda 

Clinical Associate Professor in Residence, Teacher Leadership for School Improvement- Miami-Dade County

Magdalena Castaneda


(352) 273-4138



UF Lastinger Center for Learning
P.O. Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611


  • School of Teaching and Learning


  • Doctor in Educational Administration and Supervision: Adult Education, Miami, Florida 2007 Florida International University, Miami Florida 1996
  • Elementary Education, TESOL K-12, Early Childhood, Educational Leadership, Instructional Practices Inventory Data Collector, CLASS Data Collector
  • Assistant Scholar-2007-Present -- School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida
  • Professor in Residence/ Ready Schools Miami Facilitator-2006-Present -- Lastinger Center for Learning, College of Education
  • Curriculum Support Specialist-2005 - 2006 -- Division of Early Childhood Programs, Miami-Dade County
  • Literacy Coach, Project UPGRADE-2003 - 2005 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • META Course Instructor-2002 -- Bilingual Education Department, Miami-Dade County
  • Elementary Teacher-1996-2003 -- Miami Dade County Public Schools

Activities and Honors

  • National School Reform Faculty Member and National Facilitator
  • Disney's American Teachers Award Nominee-2002
  • Teacher of the Year: Kendale Elementary-2002

Selected Publications

  • Castañeda, M., & Poekert, P. (2010 January). Ready Schools Miami: Universities, Social Service Agencies, Early Care and Education Programs, and a School District Working Together to Improve PK-5 Outcomes. Presented at the Holmes Partnership Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Adams, A., Brown, V., Castañeda, M., Poekert, P. & Ross, D. (2009, April). Universities, Social Service Agencies, Early Care and Education Programs, and a School District Working Together to Improve Outcomes PK-5: Formative Evaluation Results from Ready Schools Miami. Presented at AERA (American Educational Research Association) Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Castañeda, M., Leinfelder, J., Poekert, P., & Wong, M. (2009, May). Quality Counts, Ready Schools Miami: Striving for 5 Star Early learning. Presented at Smart Start. Greensboro, NC.
  • Castañeda, M., & Poekert, P. (2008 September). Ready Schools Miami: A collaborative school reform initiative. Presented at the Florida Assoc. of Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.
  • Adams, A. & Castañeda, M. (2007, September). Ready schools need ready teachers: UF's job-embedded graduate program as professional development. Presented at the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Castañeda, M. & Abraham, L. (2003, December). Human Resource Focus: Giving Power to the People. Presented at the Florida Sterling Council 2003 Showcase. Orlando, FL.