Derrick Chau

Derrick Chau, Ph.D. is the Senior Executive Director of Instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this role, Dr. Derrick Chau oversees curriculum, instruction and assessment policy for early childhood through high schools in LAUSD serving over 500,000 students. Prior to joining the LAUSD, Dr. Chau was a founding teacher, founding principal and the Vice President of Instruction in the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. Dr. Chau began his career as a Teach for America corps member teaching high school science in the Long Beach Unified School District. Dr. Chau spent five years conducting education research, earning his Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California and earning a RAND/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education Policy at the RAND Corporation.

As the founding principal of the Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School, an early college high school in collaboration with California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Chau led the school to recognition as a California Distinguished School and a ranking of #40 out of all California high schools in the 2011 Washington Post High School Challenge. In addition to his Ph.D. from USC, Dr. Chau has a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University.

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