Judy Elliott, Ph.D.
Judy Elliott, Ph.D., is the former chief academic officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she was responsible for curriculum and instruction for early childhood through adult education; professional development, innovation, accountability, and assessment; and programs for all students including English language learners, Standard English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted students.
Before that she was the chief of teaching and learning in the Portland Public Schools (Oregon), and prior to that she served as an assistant superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District. Elliott also was a senior researcher at the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota. She started her career as a classroom teacher and then as a school psychologist.
Elliott continues to assist districts, national organizations, and state departments of education in their efforts to update and realign curriculum frameworks, instruction, assessment, and accountability that include all students. Her research interests focus on systems change and reform, effective instruction for all students, and data-based decision making for accountability and accelerated student achievement.
She has trained thousands of staff members, teachers, and administrators in the U.S. and abroad in areas of integrated service delivery systems, leadership, effective use of data, and inclusive schooling that includes linking assessment to classroom intervention, strategies and tactics for effective instruction, curriculum adaptation, collaborative teaching, and behavior management.
Elliott has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, technical/research reports, and books. She sits on editorial boards for professional journals and is active in many professional organizations. She is nationally known for her work in response to instruction and intervention, and she has led many successful initiatives and projects around that effort.