Bridging the Relevance Gap
Chair, Department of Education, Trinity University
Shari Becker Albright is the Chair of the Department of Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and serves as the Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of Practice in Education. She is active in the San Antonio community, serving as a consultant to the Mayor’s Brain Power Initiative, supporting the SAISD Education Foundation as a board member and working with the P-16+ Council for the city.
Prior to joining the university, Shari served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, a national network of public and charter schools created in urban, underserved communities to develop graduates that are college and career ready and globally competent. She was a member of the national task force to develop the definition of global competence in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and has served as a contributing author on a number of publications on bringing a global perspective into the teaching and learning in schools.
Prior to joining the Asia Society, Shari served as the principal of the International School of the Americas in San Antonio, a small, open choice public high school in North East Independent School District dedicated to global education and authentic, challenging learning for all students. The International School of the Americas was the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Prize in International Education in 2004 and Shari was named Texas High School Principal of the Year for 2004 by H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards program.
After earning her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1992, Shari served as an assistant professor of education at Trinity University and as an educational consultant for the National Basic School Network and the U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools, serving Mexico, Central and South America. She is also a graduate from Trinity University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.