Actionable Measures of School Climate
Brian Shumate – Superintendent, Medford School District
Jimmy Simpson, Jr. – Partnerships, YouthTruth
About the session
School climate and social emotional well-being are priority areas that every district must measure. Too often though, student and stakeholder survey data is collected, then put on a shelf. Transformative education leaders lead through listening, and actually use feedback to inform policy and guide practice. In this interactive session, Medford School District will share actionable next steps for using student survey data to prioritize equity and serve our most vulnerable students.
About the speakers
Dr. Brian Shumate has led the Medford School District as superintendent since July 2014. Prior to his arrival in Medford, he served as one of six regional K-12 Assistant Superintendents for the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. He was also high school mathematics teacher, head coach, high school assistant principal, high school principal and high school liaison. Dr. Shumate received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Louisville and has also served in a variety of leadership roles in professional and civic organizations.
Jimmy Simpson, Jr.
Jimmy Simpson, Jr.’s passion for education, advocacy and public speaking has allowed him to reach thousands of people all across the country. He has presented on topics ranging from the restoration of marshes in southern Iraq to the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Before joining YouthTruth, Jimmy brought environmental education to San Francisco’s public schools as an outdoor science teacher where he taught Kindergarten through 5th grade and helped create an NGSS-aligned science curriculum. After teaching, Jimmy provided coaching and professional development to science teachers throughout the Bay Area. He has also served as an AmeriCorps and FEMA team manager to provide disaster relief services in New York, Maryland, and Missouri. Jimmy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology.