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Debra E. Lane, Ed.D.

Leading to Learn

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

Dr. Debra Lane has been an educator for more than 25 years, as a teacher and administrator in the U.S. and abroad. She has led several schools as principal, including most recently at one of the world’s leading international schools, Shanghai American School. She taught grades from pre-K through middle school, as well as ESOL, Literacy, and Gifted and Talented classes in Fairfax County Public Schools and in the Dominican Republic. She holds a BS from Baylor University, master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia.


Thought Leadership

Principal Stamina – A Test Over Time

Webster's dictionary defines stamina as “great physical or mental strength that allows you to continue doing something for a long time. As we build stamina in our students we also need to help build … MORE

Being a Student Centered Principal

Being student centered has always been at my center core as an educational leader. Our latest SAVMP blog was about being that Student Centered Principal and working through a change matrix. Due to … MORE

Online Under 39

Week 21: Online Portfolios #SAVMP Recently George Couros wrote a blog for our School Administrators Virtual Mentors Program (#SAVMP) to consider in this present digital age. The hope of educators … MORE

Week 13: To Tweet or Not To Tweet #SAVMP

graphic by athgo.org Over time I have realized the power in staff embedded PD. I have tried to move away from a large group presentation style of PD. Just like our students need differentiated … MORE

Management as a Principal

Management as a Principal – Week 11 #SAVMP How do you manage your tasks/time? Is it reflective of the 90/10 stated above? How important is management in the role principal? What can you do to … MORE

Week #9 – A Vision of Where You Want to Be

As part of the #SAVMP project this week George Couros encouraged us on an exercise that at first felt like a guilty privilege. It is just like when a school has DROP (Drop Everything and Read) but it … MORE