Emily Poag

Emily Poag, Associate

  1. MPA, University of Delaware 2008, Education Policy

emilyp@udel.edu | 302-831-4074 | 302-831-3471


Emily Poag is a dynamic professional developer and program manager for the Delaware Academy for School Leadership at the University of Delaware.

DASL’s training sessions are based in adult learning theory and focus on a variety of leadership topics for teachers, teacher leaders, aspiring leaders, assistant principals and principals, and district office staff. Emily’s training experience includes designing and delivering training on varied topics, including the following: leadership (behaviors that impact student achievement, walkthroughs, professional learning communities, leading change, working with families and communities, teambuilding); instructional strategies (questioning, activating and summarizing activities, graphic organizers, vocabulary, literacy); adult learning theory (technology to engage adult learners). Emily is a certified facilitator in Balanced Leadership, the Implications Wheel process, and Dinah Zike’s Foldables and Interactive Notebooks.
Emily had led several statewide initiatives including the Comprehensive Success Review process, McREL’s Balanced Leadership training program, the Strategic Management of Human Capital Advisory Committee, and public engagement. She also supports DASL’s Development Coach project, focusing on improving practice related to teacher evaluation. Emily’s national and international experience includes working with school leaders in Hawaii and leading DASL’s professional development program with principals and teacher leaders from Trinidad and Tobago.
She has presented at several national conferences on the topics of leading change and coaching school leaders.  While earning a Master’s of Public Administration degree with a focus on Education Policy, Emily was employed as a research assistant for DASL from 2006-2008. In 2009, her research about graduate students’ learning experiences in Romania was published in Study Abroad for Graduate Students: Combining Teaching and Research in a Cross-Cultural Course in Public Administration and Public Policy.
Her prior work experience includes teaching and public service. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond, Emily taught PK-12 students at King’s International School in Bundang, South Korea. She also worked for Wilmington Renaissance Corporation while completing a year of service through Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program.