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About Shane Safir
Shane Safir is a leadership coach and facilitator who creates brave spaces for tackling educational equity. Shane was 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." For more than 20 years, Shane has worked as an award-winning teacher, school founder and principal, and coach, developing hundreds of leaders at every level of the school system. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation and writes frequently for Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine. Shane and her diverse team provide leadership coaching, strategic planning support, and equity-centered professional learning for schools, districts, and organizations across the country and in Canada. Shane’s newest book, co-written with Dr. Jamila Dugan, is Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin: 2021). Follow @ShaneSafir or visit shanesafir.com to learn more.
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Radically reimagine our ways of being, learning, and doing
Education can be transformed if we eradicate our fixation on big data like standardized test scores as the supreme measure of equity and learning. Instead of the focus being on "fixing" and "filling" academic gaps, we must envision and rebuild the system from the student up—with classrooms, schools and systems built around students’ brilliance, cultural wealth, and intellectual potential. Street data reminds us that what is measurable is not the same as what is valuable and that data can be humanizing, liberatory and healing.
By breaking down street data fundamentals: what it is, how to gather it, and how it can complement other forms of data to guide a school or district’s equity journey, Safir and Dugan offer an actionable framework for school transformation. Written for educators and policymakers, this book
· Offers fresh ideas and innovative tools to apply immediately
· Provides an asset-based model to help educators look for what’s right in our students and communities instead of seeking what’s wrong
· Explores a different application of data, from its capacity to help us diagnose root causes of inequity, to its potential to transform learning, and its power to reshape adult culture
Now is the time to take an antiracist stance, interrogate our assumptions about knowledge, measurement, and what really matters when it comes to educating young people.
LISTENING . . . THE KEY TO BECOMING A TRANSFORMATIVE SCHOOL LEADER
The Listening Leader is a practical guide that will inspire school, district, and teacher leaders to make substantive change and increase equitable student outcomes. Rooted in the values of equity, relationships, and listening, this luminous book helps reimagine what is possible in education today. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience in public schools, Shane Safir incorporates hands-on strategies and powerful stories to show us how to leverage one of the most vital tools of leadership: listening. As a Listening Leader you'll feel more confident in these core competencies:
- Cultivating relationships with stakeholders
- Addressing equity challenges in your organization
- Gathering student, staff, and parent perspectives as rich data on improvement
- Fostering a thriving culture of collaboration and innovation
The Listening Leader offers a much-needed leadership model to transform every facet of school life, and most importantly, to shape our schools into equitable places of learning. As Michael Fullan writes in the Foreword, "Read it, act on it, and reap the benefits for all."
"This book is a 'must have' for any leader trying to move the needle on equity. Drawing from her lived experience as a principal and leadership coach, Safir offers stories that give insight and practical strategies that get results. It's one you'll keep coming back to."
—Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
" The Listening Leader immediately changed the way I interact with students, teachers, families and community members."
—Tamara Friedman, assistant principal, Berkeley High School
"Shane Safir has written a brilliant book. As engaging as it is informative and as revelatory as it is relevant. It is a must-read for school leaders and those who aspire to lead."
—Chris Emdin, associate professor of science education, Teachers College, Columbia University; author of For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya'll too