LEADE Initiative Team

Daniela is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Riverside’s Graduate School of Education, and a member of the CERG research team. Daniela received her PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Erica is the Associate Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California Riverside’s Graduate School of Education. She is also Co-Principal Investigator with Joe Kahne of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – a district-wide civic education effort in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project.

Joe holds the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Chair for Education Policy and Politics in the School of Education at University of California Riverside. He is Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group. Professor Kahne’s research and writing focuses on the influence of school practices and new media on youth civic and political development.

John is a Professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA).  He also serves as the Faculty Director of Center X, which houses UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, Principal Leadership Program, and professional development initiatives.  Rogers studies the role of civic engagement in equity-focused school reform and civic renewal and the relationship between education and different forms of inequality.

Leah Bueso

Leah Bueso is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in issues of racial and economic inequality in special education law, as well as issues of access to civic education and engagement for students with disabilities. Prior to her doctoral studies, Leah worked as a special education teacher in New York City and graduated with a bachelors degree in English from Duke University, a masters degree in Special Education from Hunter College, and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Leah is also a certified reading specialist for children diagnosed with a language-based learning disability.

Contact Information

Erica Hodgin, Program Director
510-764-3727
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