WERA/OSPI 2023 Annual Conference

Keynote Presenters

Thursday Keynote: Shane Safir,

Author of Street Data and The Listening Leader

 Shane Safir
Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system, from the classroom to the boardroom, for 25 years. In 2003, after teaching in San Francisco and Oakland and organizing in the community to launch a new school, Safir became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by leading scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” Since 2008, Safir has provided equity-centered leadership coaching, strategic planning, and professional learning support for schools, districts, and organizations across the U.S., Canada, and beyond. She facilitates workshops on creating brave spaces for equity, listening leadership, becoming a warm demander, and Street Data among other content. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017) and the bestselling Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin, 2021), coauthored with Dr. Jamila Dugan.

Friday Keynote: Dr. Jenni Donohoo

Author of Leading Collective Efficacy: Powerful Stories

of Achievement and Equity

 Jenni Donohoo
Dr. Jenni Donohoo is a five-time best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 25 years’ experience in leading school improvement. Jenni works in school districts across the globe supporting high-quality professional learning designed to improve outcomes for all students. As the Director of the Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy, Jenni has been recognized internationally as an educational thought leader. She has a PhD in Educational Studies and Supervisory Officer Qualifications and has taught in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Her areas of expertise include teacher collaboration, adolescent literacy, metacognition, and collective efficacy.  She is the author of Leading Collective Efficacy: Powerful Stories of Achievement and Equity (Corwin Press: 2021) and Collective Efficacy: Howe Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning (Corwin Press: 2017).