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Equity. Access. Excellence.

Shelly LeDouxPhone: 512.471.6536

Dana Center Role

Shelly works within local and state educational systems to foster equity and access for all students. She exposes teachers, school leaders, and above-school-level leaders to research-based strategies that nurture students’ intellectual passions and ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace. Shelly uses current research on effective and culturally responsive instructional leadership, high-leverage teaching practices, and relevant student learning practices to design, develop, and facilitate professional learning opportunities for educators. She collaborates with districts and states to best address specific concerns at a system level and capitalizes on their unique resources. 

Before Joining the Dana Center

Shelly has 14 years of secondary education teaching experience, including teaching assignments in Biology, AP Chemistry, Chemistry, and Physics. As part of her desire to improve educational outcomes for students, she also authored curricular resources for students and professional learning experiences for educators at all levels of school systems. Shelly also has three years of academic administrative experience, working to improve college access for underserved students.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Lamar University

M.Ed., Educational Administration, Tarleton State University

B.S., Multidisciplinary Science, Texas Tech University

Relevant Board Memberships

Region D Director, National Science Education Leadership Association 

Selected Authored/Coauthored/Facilitated Professional Development Sessions and Publications 

Instructional Leadership Academy: Eight days of active learning that build the capacity of instructional leaders in their efforts to support and sustain systemic instructional changes leading to greater student achievement

Increasing the Impact of Instructional Coaching: Professional learning to foster risk-taking, creativity, collaboration, and continuous improvement among instructional coaches and between coaches and teachers 

Implementing College- and Career-Readiness Standards in Mathematics: Professional learning sessions for school-level leaders that focus on the intentional use of high-yield leadership practices for supporting change at scale

Using Innovation Configuration Maps to Define and Realize an Effective Mathematics Program: Professional learning to help instructional leaders, coaches, and teachers develop and implement action plans for improving teaching and learning in mathematics

OpenSciEd: High-quality, three-dimensional, coherent instructional materials for middle school science

Integrating the Scientific and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts into Science Instruction: Ten-day summer institute for K–12 science educators

Professional Memberships

Council of State Science Supervisors

National Science Education Leadership Association