Robert Sheffield is the Director of Quality Schools and Districts at WestEd. In this role, he oversees WestEd’s portfolio of services that grow capacity to improve outcomes for students in high-priority schools that primarily serve Black, Latinx, and low-income communities. He specializes in organizational development, performance management, and leadership development, and applies those skills in working with his teams and clients. Sheffield also serves as a board member, consultant, and thought partner for emergent professional learning organizations seeking to scale work across districts and states.
Since joining WestEd, Sheffield has successfully launched multiple grant projects and service models. In 2015, he secured funding for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning’s California Initiatives project. This grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the rollout of the California Standards through policy implementation research, tool development for local education agencies, and the facilitation of a professional learning network for service providers. He leveraged this grant to develop WestEd’s School Leadership Team Network, a professional learning model for school leaders based in Southern California. Sheffield also secured an additional investment from the Gates Foundation to develop WestEd’s Teacher Practice Teams service, an emerging professional learning system to support job-embedded professional learning for teachers and administrators.
Sheffield began his career as a high school history teacher and served as a district curriculum specialist. He also teaches and supervises pre-service History/Social Science teachers at California State University, Long Beach.