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Forty-three Years of Educational Excellence for English Learners & Biliteracy for All

March 28 - 31, 2018

Sacramento Convention Center
Sacramento, California 


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Shane Safir

Listening & Leading for Equity
Founder and Principal
San Francisco Bay Area
For more than 20 years, Shane has worked at every level of the education system – from the classroom to the boardroom – bringing passion, skill, and unique solutions to the challenge of school transformation and the promise of educational opportunity for every child.

In 2003, Shane became the founding co-principal of San Francisco’s June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), a cutting-edge national model quoted by leading scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.”1 For over ten years, she has provided coaching, facilitation, and professional development for hundreds of leaders in schools, school districts, and educational organizations across the country and in Canada.

An innovator at heart, with a rare combination of leadership and instructional expertise, Shane’s voice resonates with educators who want to reinvent their schools and organizations into places of equitable learning. She is a frequent contributor to Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership and her articles have been used in several curricula. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2017), which through powerful stories and practical tools shows how educational leaders can leverage the vital, yet often overlooked, skill of listening to transform their schools. Shane will publish her second book, Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation, in March 2021 with Corwin Press.

Shane holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Brown University, a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, and an administrative services credential from California State University East Bay. She is the proud mother of Mona Luz and Maximo Oisin, who attend Oakland schools, and married to an Oakland math teacher. Shane is bilingual in Spanish.


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