Paula L. White, M.A., is a child advocate and senior education executive. Her book, SHAPE: The 5 Keys to Parenting from Research & Real Life, combines research and practice-proven common sense to offer a holistic road map of support for parents, whether their families are fully functioning, somewhat troubled, or filled with trauma. She holds a B.A. in Child Development from Spelman College and an M.A. in Education Leadership from Columbia. For three years, she served as New Jersey's Chief Turnaround Officer, improving the state's most-challenged public schools. She also taught for almost a decade, before launching and leading a thriving public school. White serves on the New Jersey Council for Young Children and is a board member of Programs for Parents, an organization that offers comprehensive services for families and children.