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.
Her dissertation work on bullying prevention and building positive school climates has led to her advising government agencies, associations, state departments, and school boards on effective bullying prevention as well as building school culture strategies both locally and internationally. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at George Mason University and the University of Virginia. As part of her work with the National Staff Development Council, she applied current research in adult learning to her work on staff development, focusing on professional learning communities and connecting data towards building student achievement outcomes. She presented at numerous international conferences, including Near East South Asia Association, Tri-State Educators, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Qatar Foundation in Education City, and through her work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, at the National Science Foundation.
List of Conferences and Workshops.
Currently, Dr. Lane is working on federal government grants focusing on transformative leadership and increasing teacher leadership and instructional roles across the U.S., Central, and South America. Dr. Lane has also participated in accreditation teams in China and Hong Kong with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She was nominated as Virginia Principal of the Year and won the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Educator of the Year Award in 2009. She is currently an educational consultant at Edwards Educational Services Group and serves on the board with NOVA Outside.
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