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Shane Safir has worked at every level of the school system – from the classroom to the boardroom – toward a single goal: educational access and opportunity for every child.

Her journey has taken her from urban teaching, to community organizing, to founding and leading a small innovative high school, and most recently to leadership coaching and facilitation across the nation. She works from a place of love, compassion, and strategic guidance toward a new future.

For the past eight years, Shane has provided high-quality coaching and facilitation services for a diverse range of clients. She was a school coach with the Stanford School Redesign Network and spent over five years with the National Equity Project as a Senior Associate responsible for leading internal and external professional development, supervising coaches, and building the program.

Previously, Shane led a community organizing and school design process that culminated in the 2003 launch of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) in San Francisco, an innovative national high school model identified by Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” She served as the co-principal of JJSE through its first graduation, which saw a strong majority of first-generation students enter four-year universities.

Shane taught at Balboa High School in San Francisco, where she founded the Law Academy Program and engaged students in a public-private school collaborative project on educational inequity that was featured in the 1999 KQED documentary “Making the Grade”. She also taught at Life Academy High School in Oakland, a Linked Learning school serving low-income students of color, where she helped to design the school’s performance assessment system.

Having traveled and studied across Mexico and Central America, Shane is bilingual. She received her BA from Brown University and her Masters in Education from Stanford University. She holds a Tier 1 Credential, Administrative Services, from California State University-Hayward. Shane lives in Oakland with her husband, a high school teacher, and their two children.

ASSOCIATES

tfriedmanTanya Friedman has worked in public education for nearly twenty-five years, beginning as an elementary school teacher, then becoming a school leader, and more recently a Literacy Specialist, an Instructional Coach and Equity Facilitator. As a teacher, Tanya earned National Board Certification and was recognized by 826 Valencia as an outstanding teacher.   Equity-centered action research transformed Tanya’s classroom practice and she was a Teacher Leadership Institute fellow, a member of the Teacher Research Collaborative and a facilitator of the Teacher Inquiry Project.  As a school leader, Tanya fostered a culture of equity-centered inquiry and published an account of her school’s transformation in Working Toward Equity: Writing and Resources from the Teacher Research Collaborative.   Tanya also wrote about democratic school leadership for Horace, the journal of the Coalition of Essential Schools.  She has facilitated Equity-centered Professional Learning Communities for PreK-12 administrators in San Francisco and nationally.   Tanya’s belief that classrooms are the core locus of social change brought her into education, and her commitment to that same idea keeps her in the field.

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For over twenty-five years Camilla was a teacher of
English in urban and suburban high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  As Senior Associate with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, she co-founded the Center for Urban Excellence.  Currently she is a consultant with the San Francisco Center for Effective Small Schools; Safir Associates; and the Oregon Center for Educational Equity.

In addition to serving on the Resurrected Community Development Board, Camilla is a thought partner with POWER (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) Northeast

Awards: the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ (BAEO) Most Valuable Person Award and The Coalition of Essential Schools Transformational Leadership Award.

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With over 35 years of experience, Norma Martinez-Palmer has served as assistant superintendent of educational services, director of educational equity, director of Bilingual Education and English Learner programs, director of elementary education, classroom teacher, professional developer and adjunct instructor at San Jose State University and California State University, East Bay.  She holds a masters degree and doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco where she also completed a minor in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Norma’s expertise includes organizational leadership and performance, programs and services for English Learner students and school reform. In 2003, she was recognized as the State Administrator of the Year for the California Association of Bilingual Education. She is an experienced group facilitator and has been a successful leader in the professional development and coaching of site and district school administrators. Her passion is to improve public educational systems in pursuit of a just, meaningful and relevant experience for all students and their families.


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Noelle has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and leadership coach in the Bay Area for 15 years. Previously, she taught in the Oakland Unified and San Francisco School Districts before receiving a masters in education leadership at the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley. Noelle is passionately committed to transforming schools so that every child gets what he or she needs educationally and emotionally. She believes children and adults learn best in the presence of strong relationships, vulnerability, and joy. Her work with adult learners and children reflects this belief. Her interest in coach
ing stems from a desire for constant growth and a fascination with how adults learn and make meaningful change. She’s also a proud Texan who continues to be a little bit shocked that her husband and daughter are California natives.

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Michele Reinhart has worked in secondary education for over a decade, first as a teacher and more recently as a coach. Her areas of expertise are:

  • Transformational Instructional Coaching
  • PLC and department facilitation
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Curriculum and Assessment strategic planning, program design, and implementation
  • Literacy & History

She has a Master of Education (M.Ed.), Reading Emphasis, from Santa Clara University.