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Elizabeth Guneratne

Elizabeth Guneratne HS 2017
Elizabeth Guneratne


Elizabeth Guneratne is a faculty member in Educational Leadership and Director of Catholic School Partnerships. She has been a leader in educational transformation on a local and systemic level for the past seventeen years. Elizabeth joined the Santa Clara University School of Education faculty after serving for four years as an assistant superintendent and WCEA/WASC accreditation commissioner for the Diocese of Oakland. Prior to this, Elizabeth served as a high school teacher, special needs director, and elementary school principal. In every position she has held, she has demonstrated a commitment to the success of all students and to the improvement of school communities. Liz has a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and earned her doctorate in the Leadership for Educational Equity Program at UC Berkeley.

Elizabeth focuses on leadership and systemic reform to transform schools and sustain learning communities of excellence and equity. Specifically, her research explores the adoption of educational technology as an instrument to strengthen teaching and learning; innovative professional learning experiences to support classroom teachers and school principals increase sustainability and climate justice; and how school leaders balance the technical, normative and political demands of reform.

Elizabeth consults and presents locally and nationally, sharing her experiences as a scholar and practitioner with groups including the American Educational Research Association, National Catholic Educational Association, California League of Middle Schools, Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame University, and various individual dioceses and districts. She supports PreK-12 educational leaders with alternative governance models, school accreditation, professional learning, and the use of data in school improvement. 


Room No. 242, Guadalupe Hall