Dr. Sheldon “Shelley” Berman is the 26th superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon.
A school superintendent for nearly two decades, Dr. Berman has led both larger and smaller school districts. He served as the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2007 to 2011. For the previous 14 years, from 1993 to 2007, Dr. Berman served as superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools, a district of 3,000 students outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Berman holds a Doctor of Education and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.
As superintendent of Eugene School District 4J, Dr. Berman has focused on creating the foundation for systemic schools by moving from a system of schools to a school system. He established much needed data systems to drive essential district decision-making; implemented an independent facilities analysis to frame the district’s long-term facilities plan; and initiated professional development for teachers to create collaborative teams instead of isolated practitioners.
Dr. Berman is the author of two books—Children’s Social Consciousness and Promising Practices in Teaching Social Responsibility—as well as numerous articles and book chapters on civic education, character education, service learning, virtual education, and education reform. Dr. Berman serves on the boards of directors of the Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR); the Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC); the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL); and the boards of directors for the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).
Dr. Berman has announced that 2014–15 will be his final year as superintendent of Eugene School District 4J.