Sho Shigeoka, IAL ’11, is one of the first two recipients of the Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity award from the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN). Ms. Shigeoka is the Equity Coordinator for the Beaverton School District and a 2011 PSU IAL and School Licensure program graduate.
She received the new award at the Oregon Leaders Network Spring Institute. The award was named for the late school administrator and university professor, Tom Ruhl, and recognizes “educators who exemplify stellar educator attributes or provide an outstanding contribution to education in Oregon.”
In the Beaverton School District she inspired her colleagues to analyze the district’s data on equity, reflect on their own attitudes, and apply their findings in their classrooms.
Beaverton’s minority numbers are reflective of minority increases throughout Oregon, with 47 percent of the students (24 % Hispanic) representing over 93 languages. “Sho has helped to shine the light on what those numbers mean,” says Maureen Wheeler, Beaverton’s public information officer. “The fruits of her labors are really beginning to pay off. She’s a wonderful advocate and has truly helped us to operationalize our diversity initiatives.”
Ms. Shigeoka cites Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I Have a Dream” speech as her inspiration in her work. Like Dr. King, she believes in providing opportunities for success to all children.