Dr. Talma Shultz is an advocate for equitable education and youth development to ensure that every young person is prepared and able to draw from their strength, assets, and lived experiences to pursue their dreams. She has served as a curriculum designer, has coached teams in creating and sustaining career-themed high schools to prepare students for college and career in traditional and alternative education settings, and established systems and tools for integrated student supports. She has also trained and coached numerous teams to expand on their coaching skills to sustain their school reform efforts. She weaves the science of learning (adults and youth), neuroscience, the arts, and a trauma-healing youth development framework in her work.
Dr. Shultz was a Program Associate at Facing History, and Ourselves and worked for County Commissions on Human Relations: She developed and implemented cultural diversity programs to address inter-group relations, violence prevention, and understanding and appreciation of cultural differences. As a teacher, Dr. Shultz led student advisory and taught science with an emphasis on environmental, social justice. As a college instructor, she taught Teaching for Social Justice courses in teacher preparation programs. She began her career in education as a research scientist exploring the biology of the brain.
Dr. Shultz has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, graduate studies in Education and Psychology and a B.A. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is a student and practitioner of restorative practices integrating, somatic work, the arts and mindfulness.
Her passion is supporting youth to pursue their dreams.
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