Franca Dell'Olio, Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Director of the Administrative Services Programs, a graduate and undergraduate of Loyola Marymount University and the School of Education, most proudly rejoined her Alma Mater in 2005. She earned B.A. degrees in Spanish and History, her Single Subject Teaching Credentials in the like fields, her M. A. in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education, and a Professional Clear California Administrative Services Credential. She most recently earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy (Ed.D.) from Pepperdine University. From 1992 until rejoining the LMU family in 2005, she served the Culver City Unified School District community as a high school Spanish and Social Studies teacher, Coordinator of programs such as Advanced Placement, Site Improvement, and English Language Development, Assistant Principal of Attendance, Student Activities and Discipline, Assistant Principal of Guidance, Instruction and Curriculum, and ultimately as Principal of Culver City High School.
Her studies and research agenda include:
- Creating and sustaining leadership capacity, collaborative communities of practice, and cultures of excellence
- Cycles of Inquiry and Reflection as they relate to student success and overall school improvement efforts
- Leading the charge for success: Our English Language Learners and implications for the Principal
- Parent and Community Involvement within Schools