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Valda is an established educational leader known for her passion for inclusive, research-based, and data-driven pedagogy. As a systems change facilitator, she has a proven track record of supporting schools and districts to change educational practices and establish systems for equity. She is known as a dynamic professional developer, teacher, administrator, entrepreneur, advocate, and student champion.
Valda works with school districts, non-profits, and organizations on leadership development and executive coaching and provides coaching and support. She started her career 30 years ago as a teacher in the Broward County (FL) schools before becoming a professional developer and secondary school administrator in Montgomery and Frederick County Schools (MD).
She is committed to professional development and closing opportunity gaps through instructional and leadership improvement in classrooms, schools, school systems, and organizations, and works directly with leaders to advance their improvement initiatives, specifically targeted to building the capacity for culturally responsive approaches to address issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Valda founded The Valbrun Consulting Group to offer support in the areas of strategic planning, strategy management, and organizational development and works specifically to build the capacity to lead for equity, create equitable work and learning environments, mitigate opportunity gaps, implement systems for improvement, and manage change for results. As an equity specialist, she is a certified administrator of The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), which assesses intercultural competence, and holds a certificate in Facilitative Leadership for Social Change to help others as they manage issues of culture, class, power, and equity and confront systems that threaten inclusive practices.
In addition to her school- and district-level leadership roles, Valda has served as the director of professional learning at ASCD and as the executive director of organizational development for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC). She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Valda is writing a book about leading with equity, and it will be published by Times 10 Publications in 2022.