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Nora Houseman

Professional Learning & Leadership Team, Supervisor
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Nora Houseman grew up in Washington, DC, attending district public schools K–12 and leaving high school determined to further equity and justice in public schooling. Nora taught middle school for nine years in Oakland, San Lorenzo, and San Francisco, then served as the site principal for four years at San Francisco Community School (SFC: my-sfcs.org) in the Excelsior. SFC — a racially diverse, PreK–8, project-based school with democratic leadership structures — allowed Nora to grow deeply in her practice and leadership, working collectively to interrupt inequitable structures and practices, and seeking to create transformative ways of “doing school” and building and strengthening community with SFC’s students, adults, and families. Nora currently serves as supervisor of professional learning and leadership in SFUSD’s Professional Growth & Development Department, designing and supporting various professional learning programs and initiatives, including the Teacher Leader Fellowship, the Paraeducator Leadership Network, the Project Based Learning & Deeper Learning Support Team, the Leading for Equity PLC series, the Lesson Study Project, and PD Hours for Educators. These programs focus on educator-led, grassroots professional learning and leadership. All support SFUSD educators at all stages of their careers to design, deliver, and/or experience high quality, equity-centered professional development — in order to grow and enhance their practice and their leadership — toward the goal of accelerating student outcomes and reimagining student experience in SFUSD schools. Nora attended Wesleyan University (bachelor of arts in American studies) and the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley (administrative credential; master's in education).