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Ilene Straus

Ilene Straus
Ilene Straus

Moore Hall 1029
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

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Ilene Straus

Ilene Straus is a Lecturer in the Education Leadership Program. She is the Vice President of the California State Board of Education, serving as a member since 2011. Straus has led schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and educational services as the assistant superintendent, resulting in national distinction as the Disney School of the Year, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a California Distinguished School, one of the country’s top performing high schools, the California Secondary Principal of the Year and the YWCA Woman of the Year Award. In addition to graduate teaching and State policy leadership, she works with site and district leaders supporting a coherent systemic focus on instruction and school and district practices to improve student achievement.

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, USC, 2000
  • M.A., Educational Administration, CSUN
  • B.A., Sociology, Teaching Credential, UCLA

Award and Honors

  • YWCA Woman of the Year
  • California Secondary Principal of the Year
  • Ruth Russell Shelby Scholarship, USC
  • PTA Golden Oak Service Award, Honorary Service Award


  • Straus, I.W. (2000). Ninth grade transition to high school: A study of the students in the middle (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.
  • Marsh, D. & Straus, I. (1992). The relationship of site-based management, the local change process and school transformation: A review of the literature, University of Southern California, Paper sponsored by the Consortia for Policy Research.
  • (1992). Restructuring school practice through student voices. Paper presented with Soo Hoo, S., at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.