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. He has served as a member of think tank groups and special committees such as the International Center for Leadership in Education committee on Core Curriculum and Career Technical Education. He specializes in personalized educational experience for secondary students, integrated academics, arts infusion, Design Thinking in education, and secondary school redesign.
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 will be the keynote speaker for the Center for Secondary School Redesign 2019 Showcase where the Urban Discovery Schools and UC San Diego Design Lab will be a featured breakout session in support of the keynote address.
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.