Nina Portugal

Program Associate

Nina is passionate about students, equity, and adaptive teaching. Nina spent 9 years in the classroom teaching High School, and last 7 in Oakland Unified School District focusing on English Language Development, Strategic Reading, English and Ethnic Studies education. Prior, Nina taught English at a bilingual high school in the South of Spain and at a public Charter School in South Chicago.  While in the Classroom, Nina focused on lifting up her student’s voices through the development of participatory politics and authentic experiences in partnership with Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA),  Youth Voices, Peralta Hacienda, and integrated project work. Nina has spoken at the California Career Pathways Consortia and California Partnership Academies Educating for Careers Conference as well as the Connected Learning Conference. In 2017, Nina was named Californians for Justice Teacher of the Year. While teaching in Oakland, Nina partnered as a Teacher Scholar with Lead by Learning and participated, supported and led collaborative inquiry at her school site. As a Program Associate with Lead by Learning, Nina facilitates collaborative inquiry for teachers and leaders around the Bay Area.  Nina received her B.A. in English from the University of Southern California  and her M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University.