Crystal Land is an experienced educator, facilitator, conference leader and school consultant. She has served in many positions in her 25-year career at the Head-Royce School in Oakland including at Assistant Head/Academic Dean, Director of Admissions and English teacher. She is currently working as a consultant for independent schools and has recently facilitated a variety of conferences including the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative “Women in Leadership Conference” and Leadership and Design’s “Santa Fe Seminar.” She coaches school teams, leads in-services and finds innovative ways to make schools vibrant (and fun) places to work and learn.
Her educational interests include exploring ways to make our communities the best they can be through clear communication, effective team building, generative thinking and connecting to big ideas beyond the school world. Committed to knowing and applying the best practices and trends in 21st century education, she has a deep interest in connecting the dots between independent schools’ current practices and the challenge of what our teachers and students need to know and to do, now and in the future.
She received her BA in English and Political Science from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford in Education, and an MA in English from Middlebury College. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of Independent Teacher, an on-line NAIS journal, is a Board member for an Oakland charter school, Vincent Academy, and works as a Lead Mentor for the East Bay College Fund. Crystal lives in Oakland, California with her family, and balances work with running, travel and writing.