George Lucas Educational Foundation

Shane Safir

Shane Safir is a writer, coach, and facilitator who has worked in public education for over 20 years. Her work focuses on creating brave spaces for tackling educational equity. In 2003, she became the founding co-principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having "beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color." She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Wiley, 2017) and a frequent contributor to Edutopia. For more information, visit

Areas of Interest: 
Leadership, Coaching, Facilitation/Adult Learning, Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, Parent/Community Voice, Equity, Restorative Practices, Strategic Thinking

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