Sana Shaikh

Guest Blogger

Director of School Operations, Springfield Public Schools

Springfield, Massachusetts

Dr. Sana Shaikh is an expert in organizational theory and behavior and cultural responsiveness with over ten years of experience working in education policy, research, and program management and operations. She is currently the Director of School Operations in Springfield Public Schools. She is also the founder of her diversity, equity, and inclusion company called TimeED—Taking Initiative, Making Equity in Education.

She was Teach for America corps member and staff member. Previously, she was a fellow at the Aspen Institute, the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Achievement First, Leadership for Educational Equity, Senator Mike Johnson, and more recently, serves as an InSPIRE fellow through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and 50 Can Fellow.

She holds two bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley in political science and Near Eastern Studies—Islamic Civilizations, with a minor in global poverty and practice. She has two master’s, one in urban studies from Johns Hopkins and one in social policy and management from Brandeis University. Her Ph.D. is in social policy and management from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management.




Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session.…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted June 17, 2021

We Celebrate Juneteenth Whether It’s a Federal Holiday or Not, Now Give Us Something Tangible

This making Juneteenth a federal holiday is some gaslighting shit if I’ve ever seen it. And I can feel some of y’all reading this and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 17, 2021

Juneteenth Should Serve As a Reminder That Anti-Blackness Is Still Alive in Our Schools

As a Black man, I want to start by saying that it’s refreshing to see that Juneteenth is now a federal holiday!  For my people,…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 17, 2021

This Black Father Is Making a Difference for Students With Special Needs at School and at Home

There is a unique bond between fathers and sons, especially when they each must navigate an educational system where they are both equally and extremely underrepresented.…

By Danielle A. Stewart

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