Roberta Miceli

Senior Director, Language and Education

Roberta Miceli, Senior Director of Language and Education, serves in a senior leadership role at CAL leading efforts in project implementation, development and outreach.

With over 30 years of experience providing leadership for English learners and culturally and linguistically diverse populations, Roberta brings a federal, state and local policy and practice perspective to CAL. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Office of School Support and Accountability (OSSA) and the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support (OSS) at the United States Department of Education. In this role, she provided leadership for approval of 52 state application’s for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). She also supported State’s technical assistance efforts through Communities of Practice in areas such as support for English learners, resources for rural school divisions, evidenced-based interventions and support for school improvement, equitable access to excellent educators and accountability systems.

At the state level, Roberta served as the Chief Academic Officer and Federal Programs Director at the Virginia Department of Education. As Chief Academic Officer, she served as liaison to the State Board of Education accountability committee and oversaw development of content standards, curriculum and assessment development for English language arts, mathematics, science, history/social science, and English language proficiency. As the Federal Programs Director, she implemented and administered federal formula grants under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). She also served as a member of the Governor’s Poverty Taskforce and as Virginia’s federal liaison to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).      

At the local level, Roberta held positions as a curriculum generalist and EL teacher specialist for the Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia and as the ESL coordinator for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools (DoDEA). In this capacity, she provided technical assistance, program management, curriculum and assessment development for content areas and English learners.

Roberta holds an administrative endorsement as a K-12 principal from the University of Virginia and two master’s degrees: a MA in Human Resource Development from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and a MA in Linguistics/ESL from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She is currently working toward a certificate in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Selected Presentations

Updates from the United States Department of Education, National Association of State ESEA Administrators, February 2019/January 2018/January 2017/January 2016

ESSA Updates from the United States Department of Education, California Department of Education EL Accountability Institute, December 2018/December 2017/December 2016

United States Department of Education Combined Federal Programs Meeting OSS Update, December 2018. 

Federal Update on the Every Student Succeeds Act, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), June 2018

Consolidated State Plan Updates, U.S. Department of Education Webinar, August 2017

Consolidated State Plan Peer Review Process, U.S. Department of Education Webinar, March 2017