Carmen I. Ayala Ph.D Bio

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Carmen is celebrating her thirtieth year in the education field.  She began her career with a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Studies, Spanish Literature and Education.

After several years of teaching, she completed her MBA and administrative studies which led her to several administrative positions where she served as Director of Bilingual Services for the fourth largest English Language Learner program in Illinois and as Director of School Improvement during the initiation of No Child Left Behind where she implemented several successful school reform initiatives.

She was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, the fastest growing district in the state.  During her first five years there she helped to open nine new schools.  She also led a diversity initiative that resulted in closing the achievement gap among various diverse groups.  Students in these subgroups reached high academic achievement in comparison to other nearby high performing comparable unit districts.

Carmen is a member of the Illinois Association for Multilingual Multicultural Education, was a member of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Committee of Practitioners Advisory Committee on NCLB and a member of the ISBE English Language Learner Assessment Advisory Committee.  She is currently a member of the Illinois Bilingual Education Advisory Council and a member of the Illinois Educator Leader Cadre, which is facilitating implementation of Common Core/PARCC in Illinois.

Carmen has been trained as a Level I and II curriculum auditor by the Curriculum Management Audit Center through Phi Delta Kappa and received her Ph.D. from Loyola University in 2004 in the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  She currently serves as the superintendent of Berwyn North School District 98 in Berwyn, Illinois.

Her approach to teaching and learning has resulted in the closing of achievement gaps in several school systems where she has worked on the tight alignment of curriculum standards.