Shane is a principled consultant, with an abiding commitment to equity, excellence and closing the educational opportunity gap. I have had the joy of co-facilitating, along with Shane, many equity centered professional development sessions of her vision and design. She is adept as surfacing the unique needs of each client and creates customized, experiential sessions that link their goals and existing systems with research based frameworks that push their thinking and practice. Shane is skilled at responding to the dynamics of a group and facilitating inclusive processes and strategies to get participants to strategic action.
The brilliance of creation, innovation and historical knowledge Shane shows in PD creation comes through in her coaching as well. In our last year working together, Shane was MY coach and manager! She coached me from a place of care and respect, getting to the heart what was standing in my way, while helping me surface my strengths on which to build greater success. Shane is a hard-working critical thinker who is dedicated to improved outcomes for young people and their families.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shane in my role of Principal at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley and Principal of Emerson Elementary in Oakland. Shane truly understands how to provide coaching and support in order to enact meaningful change in schools. During my time with her in Berkeley, she provided individual coaching for me which assisted me in crafting my school vision and gave me the tools I needed to work with my community to set the foundation for changes to better serve all of our students. As a result of that work, we were able to set the foundation which successfully helped Rosa Parks move from a PI Year 5+ school to the highest achieving elementary school in Berkeley.
Shane worked with my Instructional Leadership Team at Emerson in Oakland and helped give them some practical and concrete tools that they could implement as teacher leaders for equity. As a result of the work that we did with Shane, we were able to revise our professional development plan and start to dig deeply into some of the issues which were holding us back from being able to work as a cohesive unit for the betterment of our students.
Shane is a master at really getting down to the issues that are getting in the way of enacting meaningful change in a manner that is supportive and helpful. She is professional and knows how to walk that fine line between pushing one to look at ones own practices more deeply in a way that is supportive and helpful.