Becoming a Warm Demander Leader: A 3-Part Mini-Series

Wednesday, 13 November 2024 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

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Wednesday, 13 November 2024 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Becoming a Warm Demander Leader

This dynamic Mini-Series will take place over three virtual sessions for a total of nine hours of learning.


Session Dates and Times (all times Pacific Daylight Time):

Session 1: Wednesday, November 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: Wednesday, November 20, 2024, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 3: Wednesday, December 11, 2024, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Previous sessions of this workshop have sold out and were very well received. Below is some feedback from our attendees:

"Thank you! One of the best sessions I have been to in a long time. You both are very passionate and relatable."

"Most useful and engaging training I've had all year. 10/10"

"The facilitation was awesome, the modeling, shared experiences and practice with the framework was extremely timely and valuable."


If you are a leader oriented toward equity and inclusion, then you must develop the skills of a Warm Demander. Lisa Delpit says that a Warm Demander educator “expects a great deal of their students, convinces them of their own brilliance, and helps them to reach their potential in a disciplined and structured environment."1 Likewise, Warm Demander leaders expect a great deal of their colleagues, have done the work to create a strong vision for equity and justice in their school communities, and have the skills to call others “in” when harm is caused.

Co-facilitated by Jessica Huang and Shane Safir, this 3-part mini-series workshop is an expanded experience from our previous introductory workshops. Along with teaching the Warm Demander Framework and the philosophical alignment with being in community with our school community, this series will delve deeper into Listening Stances, Activating Agency, and Restorative Practices. This series of workshops will support participants at all levels of leadership on becoming a Warm Demander will help participants at all levels of leadership develop the skill of maintaining high expectations alongside high accountability for adult learners and educators—an important part of maintaining the cultural competency of all the adults in a school building or district. Join us as we provide a framework for Warm Demander leadership, cultivate the racial literacy to see systems of oppression at play, and offer practical guidance to become a Warm Demander for equity.


Participants will:

  • Engage in a humanizing experience to reflect on their identities, implicit biases and worldviews.
  • Feel empowered to engage in courageous conversations that call folks in to the work of equity.
  • Build racial literacy in recognizing the intersection of systemic oppression and interpersonal relationships within a school building.
  • Practice Warm Demander conversations that orient towards a shared organizational vision and values while building fluency and awareness.



  • Anyone who works with adults in schools and districts can attend: teacher-leaders, department chairs, coaches, administrators, etc.
  • Educators of all positions who work with adults in public, charter, and private schools.
  • New and experienced coaches, managers, and mentors.


Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system, from the classroom to the boardroom, for 25 years. In 2003, after teaching in San Francisco and Oakland and organizing in the community to launch a new school, Safir became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by leading scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” Since 2008, Safir has provided equity-centered leadership coaching, strategic planning, and professional learning support for schools, districts, and organizations across the U.S., Canada, and beyond. She facilitates workshops on creating brave spaces for equity, listening leadership, becoming a warm demander, and Street Data among other content. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017), and the bestselling Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin: 2021), coauthored with Dr. Jamila Dugan.

Jessica Wei Huang (“Way Hwong”) is an educator & school leader with 20+ years of experience as a classroom teacher, school principal and leadership coach/facilitator, 17 of those years spent as a teacher and then principal at the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. She has a wide range of knowledge for how to build equitable school communities through her on-the-ground work in schools and her support and coaching of educator leaders and teams.

Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s of Education from Stanford University, and is currently working on her PhD on Education and Social Justice from the University of San Diego. Her experience in both the public school system in the US and in international schools equips her to lead in a wide-variety of cultural-contexts. Jessica has worked as a school leader, and teacher in international schools in Singapore and Taiwan. Jessica is a certified leadership coach through the Association of California School Administrators and a certified mindful facilitator of discussions on race and identity. She connects this belief to her consulting work focused on leadership coaching and educational-equity professional development with schools, districts, independent and international schools.

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1 Delpit, L. (2013). “Multiplication is for white people”: Raising expectations for other people’s children. New York: The New Press.

Cancellation policy

On or before November 6, 2024, you may cancel and receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. Within 7 days of the workshop, if a participant cannot attend, you may transfer the registration to a different person, but refunds will be not given. A missed session is non-refundable and non-transferable.

In the very rare chance of low registration, we reserve the right to cancel and refund your registration fee.

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Safir & Associates LLC

Shane Safir
Educator, Writer, & Coach
Safir & Associates LLC

About Shane Safir

Educator, Writer, & Coach
Safir & Associates LLC
Jessica Huang
School Leader, Teacher, & Coach
Jessica Wei Huang

About Jessica Huang

School Leader, Teacher, & Coach
Jessica Wei Huang