As a senior policy analyst with the National Education Association (NEA), Rowena Shurn focuses on systems-level and leadership development, including coaching and mentoring. Leading the work of leadership pathways, she launched a national coaching institute and works closely with accomplished teaching and National Board Certification.
Before joining the NEA, she spent over 13 years in public education in Prince George’s County, MD, as elementary and middle school mathematics and science teacher, STEM coordinator, Peer Assistance and Review Consulting Teacher, and Peer Assistance and Review Liaison. During that time, she worked with various levels of district leadership to design and develop professional learning opportunities for educators throughout Prince George’s County.
Rowena was a member at large of the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Education Association. She co-chaired the association’s Instructional and Professional Development Committee. Rowena worked with local and state leaders in Maryland on various initiatives. She was the teacher representative on the Teacher Induction, Recruitment, and Retention Act Workgroup. There, she worked with stakeholders to create synergy and alignment of educational policies that impact educators throughout the career continuum in Maryland. In addition, she was one of the teacher leaders to guide development policies for Maryland’s 21st Century Schools facilities.
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