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Castaneda, Magdalena

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

University of Florida
7115 S.W. 112 Avenue, Miami, Fl. 33173
UF Lastinger Center for Learning
P.O. Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-4138


  • Doctor in Educational Administration and Supervision: Adult Education
  • Dissertation Title: The Perceptions of Best Mentoring Practices in an Early Literacy Intervention Project: A Case Study of Nine Coaches
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida 2007
  • Florida International University, Miami Florida 1996
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Certification
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida 1994

Areas of Certification

  • Elementary Education, TESOL K-12, Early Childhood, Educational Leadership, Instructional Practices Inventory Data Collector, CLASS Data Collector
  • Key Professional Appointments


  • 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

Public Schools

  • Literacy Coach, Project UPGRADE–2003 – 2005
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • META Course Instructor–2002
  • Bilingual Education Department, Miami-Dade County

Public Schools

  • Elementary Teacher–1996-2003
  • Miami Dade County Public Schools

Activities & Honors

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

Selected Presentations

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.