LEORA WOLF-PRUSAN is the Director of Partnerships & Learning at the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) where she supports the agency’s teaching and learning portfolio, serves as the national field director of a SAMHSA initiative (ReCAST), and provides technical assistance for the Student Mental Health Program for California’s Community Colleges, CalWorks and more. Previously, she served as the School Climate and Student Support Specialist in WestEd’s Health & Human Development Program where she provided consulting and training for numerous other clients and projects (e.g., the Tennessee Department of Education’s Building Stronger Brains Train the Trainer, Kaiser Permanente THRIVE Initiative focusing on educator wellness, Cabrillo College Office of Equity focusing on equity mindedness in higher education leadership, and School Climate Transformation focusing on developing and leading Student School Climate Leadership Summits). Prior to joining WestEd, Wolf-Prusan served as an educator coach and consultant in a variety of education settings (Oakland Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and other large urban LEAs) primarily focusing on college and career-going culture in urban high school contexts.
With years of training and facilitating learning and community building in schools p-16, Wolf-Prusan is skilled in facilitation, human learning design, training and coaching. Wolf-Prusan is dedicated to work focused on educator mental health, wellness, and trauma-informed approaches to education and operates through a framework in which public health, social work, and education intersect. Her research examines how teachers cognitively appraise the gang/gun-related deaths of students, what factors contribute to teachers building resiliency, and what supports teachers need from the school system in the event of a student homicide or other traumas.
She received a BA in international relations and a BA in Spanish with a minor in Social & Ethnic Relations from the University of California, Davis; a teaching credential from Mills College; and an EdD in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Additional fun facts: Leora is a born and raised San Franciscan, went to an industrial arts high school where she majored in metal welding, is a trained yoga instructor, is active in anti-oppression community organizing, a trained doula (with ten births assisted these past two years alone), and is an active host and facilitator for Death Over Dinner and The Dinner Party. She loves all things citrus and sweet potato.