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Jennifer Steiner

Community Schools Coach

For over 25 years, Jennifer Steiner has been an equity-centered educator – first in the classroom as a teacher then as an instructional coach, school principal, district leader, and leadership coach. She is deeply passionate about supporting current and future educators, administrators, and systems to question their practices in order to interrupt systemic inequities baked into our system and achieve equity for the each and every.

As a school principal for over twelve years, she supported her staff in questioning how their identity impacted the ways in which they set up systems unintentionally perpetuating inequities in their classrooms and supported them to create culturally responsive lessons through regular observation, coaching, and collaboration with their peers. With families, she focused on creating a community school environment where families saw themselves as true partners in their student’s education, and each and every student felt seen and heard.

As the executive director of professional growth and development in curriculum and instruction, she worked tirelessly to set up alternative paths to teaching focused on removing barriers to earning a credential and increasing the diversity and representation of teachers in SFUSD. Through her supervision of the multilingual departments, teacher leadership, new teacher support, and curricula teams, she supported new and veteran teachers to question their practice and supported the curriculum teams to design equity-centered materials and professional development for the district.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Acquisition and Elementary Education as well as a Reading Specialist degree from San Francisco State University. She is currently earning her Educational Doctorate from East Carolina University’s International Cohort in Educational Leadership, where she is researching how social justice leaders foster conditions to create schools as beloved communities for students, families, and staff..