Shawn T. Loescher has over 25 years of professional experience. He began his career as an educator as a teacher’s aide at the age of 17—a path that led to P/K-12 teaching, adjunct professorship, administrative work, and cabinet level school district leadership in a diverse group of settings, schools, and education systems domestically and abroad. He has been a presenter to the California Senate Education Committee on the topic of career readiness and post-secondary preparedness. Dr. Loescher has presented to the California Senate Education Committee, has served as a member of national think tanks, and is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and guest lecturer. Dr. Loescher specializes in the topics of organizational and community development, philosophy, educational redesign, systems theory, and design thinking.
Recently, the internationally renowned TED (Technology - Entertainment - Design) organization has named Dr. Loescher as one of their 16 worldwide choices for the TED-Ed Innovative Educators of 2019
. He will be presenting his TED Talk at the TED Summit in Edinburgh Scotland. Earlier this year, Dr. Loescher was the keynote speaker for the Center for Secondary School Redesign 2019 conference on the topic of redesigning the educational experience. In addition, this year he was honored by the University of California at San Diego as a featured scholar in their Design@Large
series where he present on design thinking for organizational and community development.
Dr. Loescher has been responsible for the effective implementation and sustainability of multiple federal, state, and private/non-profit grants. He has extensive experience on college and career readiness, post-secondary student preparedness, and pathway alignment as reviewed in the U.S. Department of Education commissioned research report of Bachofer, Betts, and Zau (2014). For his educational research, Dr. Loescher was invited to present at the 2018 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York City where he presented in a session titled “Action Research Ways of Knowing and Understanding: Alternative Praxis, Poetic Inquiry, Pedagogy of Hope, and Local Knowledge.”
Dr. Loescher earned his Ed.D. in Leadership from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. His dissertation work was focused on the implementation of systems innovations to advance college and career readiness, fostering levels of student hope levels, and breaking down institutional structures that may limit student potential. Dr. Loescher also holds a Masters in Education Administration, supervisory and teaching certifications, and a Bachelor’s degree. He holds a California Clear Administrative Service Credential, a Clear Supervisory Credential, and a Clear Teaching Credential with multiple authorizations. Dr. Loescher is a native of San Diego, CA and is the father of four children with the oldest in college and the youngest in elementary school. When he is not a work he can be found with his wife and children exploring the San Diego region and its many gifts.