Meyer Memorial Trust grant aims to increase diversity of educational leaders

The Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded the GSE $113,000 to fund Project LEAD (Leadership for Equity and Diversity), a two-year effort to increase diversity among Oregon’s school leaders. The project’s goal is to recruit and train school administrators of color, which will increase the pool of diverse school leaders in Oregon. Professors Deborah Peterson and Susan Carlile were instrumental in securing the grant and will lead this initiative in collaboration with colleagues in the Initial Administrator Licensure program. The project has the opportunity to change how the Graduate School of Education recruits and trains future educational leaders. The goals for the project are to recruit and mentor educators of color, to modify the existing program to prepare leadership for equity, and to influence policy and systems to benefit all students. The grant is part of the Trust’s Equitable Education Portfolio.

Over 36% of Oregon’s preK–12 student population are students of color. The Oregon Department of Education reports that only 10% of Oregon’s teachers and 11% of Oregon’s administrators are educators of color. To Carlile and Peterson, this disparity perpetuates a system of racism and inequity that benefits white students and harms bilingual and/or students of color who may never have a school leader reflecting their diversity.

In Oregon’s seven administrator preparation programs, only 9% of participants are educators of color. PSU intentionally recruits more bilingual future leaders and future leaders of color, which makes it a leader in the state. If successful, these efforts could more than double the overall number of Oregon administrators who are bilingual and/or leaders of color.

Project LEAD builds on previous work by faculty in the Educational Leadership and Policy department, which was originally funded by PSU’s Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Chalkboard Project, and leverages the expertise of colleagues throughout the GSE. Continue reading

GSE joins Carnegie iLead initiative to innovate school improvement

A 100-year-old business concept from Japan promises effective school improvement practices in the US.

Susan Carlile leading an Improvement Science exercise

The GSE and 10 other educational entities have been selected for a new project launched by the Carnegie Foundation to advance education. The Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) initiative uses Improvement Science (IS) to help schools solve problems using collaborative continuous improvement processes. GSE’s program leaders will learn how to apply IS concepts to their work in the educational leadership courses.

For the past three years, Professors Pat Burk, Deborah Peterson, and Susan Carlile were involved in IS training and, along with former Dean Randy Hitz, have been looking for ways to bring the practice into the GSE. The Carnegie iLEAD program will provide opportunity for five individuals to attend four face-to-face meetings to learn continuous improvement strategies toward the dual goals of equity and excellence.

Since 2015, ELP faculty have participated in a Networked Improvement Committee (NIC) at the Carnegie Foundation that looked at problems of practice in the school administration field. NICs are a central tenet of the IS program and provide access to other similarly focused groups across the country who will also contribute to the knowledge pool. Technology is a helpful component for these efforts, and webinars are common. By collaborating on the same common problem, NICs are able to accelerate solutions. Continue reading

GSE faculty member Sybil Kelley receives science award

GSE Associate Professor Sybil Kelley received the Fred Fox Award for Distinguished Service to Science Education from the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). Kelley teaches science methods in two different disciplines: Curriculum and Instruction, where she leads a cohort in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, and Educational Leadership and Policy, where she works in the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to nominate Sybil,” said Professor Micki Caskey. “She deserves this recognition. Like Fred Fox, Sybil is highly respected and well-loved by her peers and students.”

Kelley came to PSU in 1999 as a research assistant in the Center for Science Education and earned an MS in Science Teaching and a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Management, both from Portland State. She is an expert in sustainability education and works closely with the Learning Gardens Laboratory.

About the award (from OSTA)

This award is named in honor of Fred Fox, a distinguished and well-loved teacher educator from Oregon State University (1957–82). The award is intended to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to mentoring and developing new teachers. It is intended for nominees involved in teacher training programs at the college level, ESD, or district administrators or other administrative positions. The awardee is selected based on career longevity, breadth of influence, enthusiasm for science and the profession of science education, and the demonstrated ability to motivate.

GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

PACE graduate Brian Fassett distributes bicycles in Uganda

Brian Fassett, his wife Kate, and daughters Ruby and Clara are excited about their new adventure.

A former Peace Corps member, Brian Fassett, ’12, had a great job as director of training and development at Advantis Credit Union in Portland. But Fassett was ready for a new adventure. He has taken a new position as operations director with a small start-up NGO, Bicycles Against Poverty. Their mission is to distribute bicycles to rural African communities to improve the standard of living. They distribute bikes on a lease-to-own basis that enables people in small villages, especially women, to expand their opportunities.

Fassett is a graduate of the PSU Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program that develops adult educators to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities. He also holds a certificate in working with adult learners. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named digital principal of the year

Jamie Richardson ’06, ’13, an alumnus of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Licensure programs, is a 2017 Digital Principal of the Year. Richardson joins two others for this national award: Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Richardson is the principal of LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, Oregon. The award is from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes these leaders for effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management to drive student success.

According to his nomination, Richardson developed a school culture where staff and students use a variety of tools to solve problems, communicate, and promote a cohesive yet personalized learning environment. Teachers and students describe Richardson as an exceptional advocate for technology and digital-age learning and a catalyst for implementing technology, makerspaces, and project-based learning programs. Richardson ensures that all teachers get time to learn and discuss technology integration and that, through social media, parents stay connected to the school.

“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in implementing a 21st-century education at their schools.”

As part of the award, each principal gets an expense-paid trip to present at the 2018 NASSP National Conference, in Chicago, July, 2018.

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States.

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