Brave Spaces Institute: Building Will, Skill, and Leadership for Equity

Tue, July 27 2021, 9:00 AM – Wed, July 28 2021, 3:30 PM [PDT]


This 2-day institute will help you and your team build collective will, skill, and momentum for equity in complex times. Leading for equity is deeply personal work. To lead others on an equity journey, we have to be in touch with who we are, why we lead, and our own moral imperative. Our seasoned facilitation team will create a brave space for your team to learn, grow, and take collective action for equity. We will engage you in considering:

  • Story of Self: Who am I as an equity leader, and what is my equity imperative?
  • Story of Us: Who are we as a team or organization, and what is our current state story?
  • Story of Now: What is our call to action? What is our equity imperative?



  • Participants must have their own copies of The Listening Leader.
  • Book is NOT included in the course pricing.Participants must acquire the book on their own before the start of the course.



Participants will:

  • Experience a dynamic, equity-centered community of practice.
  • Deepen shared language and understanding of educational equity.
  • Analyze the root cause of an equity challenge you face.
  • Shift the discourse around your equity challenge.
  • Create a Safe-to-Fail experiment with your team.



Day 1: July 27

Day 2: July 28



This institute is relevant to anyone who seeks to create greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in their school, district, or organization while deepening their skills and toolkit around transformational leadership. This experience is especially powerful for newly formed teams as well as teams in early stages of their journey to work toward equity.


Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system, from the classroom to the boardroom, for over two decades. In 2003, after teaching in San Francisco and Oakland and organizing with the San Francisco Organizing Project 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 leadership coaching, strategic planning support, and equity-centered professional learning for schools, districts, and organizations across the country and in Canada. She facilitates sought-after workshops on equity leadership, coaching, and facilitating adult learning among other areas. She writes frequently for Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine and is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017).

Dr. Jamila Dugan is a leadership coach, learning facilitator, and researcher. She began her career as a teacher in Washington D.C., successfully supporting her school to implement an International Baccalaureate program. After being nominated for Teacher of the Year, she later served as a coach for new teachers and a director of learning and leadership development for teachers in Oakland, California. As a school administrator, Jamila championed equity-centered student services, parent empowerment, and the development of the first Mandarin immersion middle school in Oakland, California. She currently serves as a leadership development coach in urban areas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fresno State University, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University, and a doctorate in Education Leadership for Equity from University of California, Berkeley.

Shane and Jamila’s newest book, Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin: 2021), is out now.

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Jul 27 - 28 2021


9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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