Elizabeth Shafer

Director of Strategy and Influence

Elizabeth is passionate about supporting teachers and leaders in their complex work and providing all students access to content. Elizabeth believes that equity-driven improvement happens when educators at all levels of the system are asking What is happening for my learners and how do I know? Elizabeth taught 2nd and 3rd grades in Oakland, where she focused on supporting English learners in acquiring academic language and social and emotional skills. As a lead teacher, she facilitated her grade-level team in looking at student work collaboratively in order to better understand their students and inform instruction. Prior to joining Lead by Learning, Elizabeth worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science on a K-8 curriculum, where she focused on integrating supports for English learners, argumentation, and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts into each unit. Elizabeth currently partners with school, district, and county leaders to improve the conditions for adult learning at their sites, through our Creating the Conditions for Adult Learning workshops as well as through our partnership with West Contra Costa Unified leaders. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and her M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley.