Annamarie Francois is the Executive Director of UCLA Center X, where she leads the work of social justice educator preparation, development and support for urban school communities.
Dr. Francois is committed to making schools and schools of education equitable spaces for deep learning, critical reflection, and liberation. In her work, Francois and her colleagues at Center X collaborate with local school districts to design and implement professional learning opportunities that live at the intersection of research, practice, and social justice. She is deeply involved in teacher education where she serves as a faculty member and the program’s academic administrator.
Francois joined the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies in 1999 and became Director of the UCLA Teacher Education Program in 2010. She was named Executive Director of Center X in 2014. Since joining Center X, Francois has established IMPACT, an innovative, community-based urban teacher residency program; launched the California chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education; collaborated in the design of the UCLA and Mann-UCLA Community Schools which serve as university-assisted public schools in high-needs communities in Los Angeles; and is lead investigator for numerous grant funded initiatives that focus on innovation and research in equity-driven, content-focused educator learning.
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Francois was a K-6 teacher and administrator at the Los Angeles Unified School District, and a founding member of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a grassroots charter school serving the culturally and linguistically rich communities of Pacoima and San Fernando.
A native Californian raised in Los Angeles, Francois holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA, a master’s degree in Administration, Supervision and Higher Education from California State University, Northridge, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.
Francois is the mother of three amazing young adults, all of whom matriculated through K-16 public schools. Her son graduated from San Francisco State University, her eldest daughter graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, and her youngest daughter recently transferred from Pierce Community College to California State University, Northridge.