2009 Spring Leadership for Learning Series


Dr. Joseph Murphy

When: February 25, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dover Sheraton Conference Center

Dr. Joseph Murphy is associate dean and professor of education at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy.

He was the founding Chair (1994-2004) of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is the co-editor of the "AERA Handbook of Research on Education Administration" (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook "The Educational Leadership Challenge" (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 15 books and two major monographs in this area and edited another 12 books. His most recent authored volumes include: "Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement" (2002), "Leadership for Literacy" (2004), "Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement" (2005), "Preparing School Leaders: An Agenda for Research and Action" (2006) and "Turning Around Failing Schools: Leadership Lessons from the Organizational Sciences" (2008). He has also published more than 200 articles and book chapters on school improvement and leadership.

Murphy directed the development of the ISLLC Standards for School Leaders and chaired the research panel that produced the revisions to those standards-ISLLC: 2008. He led the CCSSO team that developed the specifications with ETS for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). He is also one of the co-creators of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED).

Dr. Pedro Noguera

When: March 4, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dover Sheraton Conference Center

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Dr. Pedro Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). An urban sociologist, Noguera’s scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Noguera has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the United States. He has also done research on issues related to education and economic and social development in the Caribbean, Latin America and several other countries throughout the world. Between 2000 and 2003, Noguera served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From 1990 to 2000, he was a Professor in Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Karen Seashore Louis

When: March 11, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dover Downs Conference Center

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Dr. Karen Seashore Louis is the Rodney Wallace Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her area of expertise includes improvement in K–12 leadership and policy over the last 30 years, particularly in urban secondary schools. Louis also conducts research on organizational changes within higher education, with particular attention to faculty roles, and on international comparative policy in educational reform.

A past president of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she is a widely published author in the field. Recent books include Organizing for School Change, Leadership for Change and School Improvement: International Perspectives, Handbook of Educational Administration, Second Edition, and Organizational Learning in Schools.
Louis earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.

Dr. Tim Waters

When: May 6, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dover Downs Conference Center

Dr. Timothy Waters has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) since 1995. He joined McREL in 1993 following 23 years in K-12 education as a teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. In each of his professional roles, Tim has been acknowledged as an innovator and reformer. As superintendent he led a seven-year standards-based initiative that produced dramatic gains in achievement for all children and narrowed gaps between high and low achievers. Under Tim’s leadership, McREL has become recognized as one of America’s leading education research, development, and service organizations. McREL and three of its research reports were nominated for inclusion in the 2006 report Influence: A Study of the Factors Shaping Education Policy conducted by the research staff at Education Week. Tim is the author of numerous articles on educational leadership and co-author of School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results (ASCD, 2005) and District Leadership That Works: Striking the Right Balance (Solution Tree Press, 2009). He speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of leadership and the future of schooling.

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