Administrative Leadership

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Administrators, especially new ones, need support in order to thrive as educational leaders. While working as a novice charter school principal, Monique Woodley, EdD, wanted to explore this topic further. She was earning her Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University-Portland and decided to focus on novice principals for her dissertation, “Principal Socialization: A… Read More

How My EdD Dissertation Has Benefited My Career

By The Room 241 Team November 17, 2018

Interested in earning your EdD but not sure how it will benefit your career? Excited to advance your practice but feeling uneasy about the dissertation? What better way to find out more than by asking those with first-hand experience? Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program prepares current and emerging leaders to become transformational change agents, impacting PreK-12… Read More

How Teachers and Schools Can Address Childhood Obesity

By Michelle Liken, PhD November 16, 2018

In today’s fast-paced society, many children spend more time with their teachers than they do with their own parents or guardians. So, as teachers, we may be the first to recognize problems that can lead to poor health outcomes. One such problem is obesity. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has labeled this… Read More

School Leaders: Setting Realistic Goals with Your Teachers

By The Room 241 Team November 13, 2018

Goal setting is a powerful practice to help build self-confidence, motivation, and success. When school leaders work with their teachers to build schoolwide, classroom-level, and personal goals, they become guides in a powerful process of transformation, allowing teachers to elevate their practice, encourage the advancement of their work, and better manage their professional lives. Improvement… Read More

Today’s emphasis on inclusive education shows great promise for the success of tomorrow’s youth. As Open Society Foundations explains, “Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side-by-side in the same classroom.” In this model, special needs students spend most of their learning time side-by-side with a diverse mix of students and this results in… Read More

Habits of Highly Effective Administrators

By The Room 241 Team November 6, 2018

While there are many different personalities in administration, the most successful administrators often act and react in similar ways. Let’s take a look at what habits define these great school leaders. High expectations Effective school leaders should have consistently high expectations for their staff and their students. These expectations should be clearly communicated, but also… Read More

Even though K-12 public schools are dominated by female teachers, there’s a disproportionate number of male administrators. In fact, women make up 76% of teachers but only 52% of principals. As an assistant principal of a middle school in Humble, Texas, Danielle Taylor, EdD, questioned this gender gap. While earning her Doctorate of Education from… Read More

Post-Crisis Challenges Associated with School Shootings

By Gail Kirby, EdD October 20, 2018

We never want to think about our worst fears but, when it comes to our school’s crisis preparedness, we need to make sure we have the proper protocol in place. Research indicates that schools are the least prepared to handle crises such as school shootings. Scant evidence-based data exist to help understand the challenges that school districts… Read More

Why Educators’ Voices are Essential to EdTech Innovation

By Jennifer Gunn October 9, 2018

SmartBoards, iPads, Google Classroom, and 3D printers — these are just some of the tools found in classrooms today. Gone are the days of clunky overhead projectors, transparencies, heavy textbooks, and loose-leaf notebooks. “Edtech,” short for educational technology, is a booming industry with seemingly endless new apps and products hitting the market each year, promising to… Read More

Leading Difficult Staff Conversations About Race

By The Room 241 Team September 26, 2018

Talking about race and its effect on academic achievement and teacher practice is one of the most intimidating and difficult conversations today. However, in order to truly disrupt inequity and provide the very best learning environment for out students, it is imperative that we unpack the intrinsic behaviors, deep beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors that harm… Read More

Dear School Leaders: Advice from Teachers

By The Room 241 Team September 7, 2018

Do you ever wonder what your teachers are really thinking? We asked teachers across the nation, who are students and alums of Concordia’s College of Education, to share honest advice with hardworking school leaders like you. Actively listen “Listen more than you speak and do not be afraid to think outside of the box.” –… Read More

Transformational Leadership in Schools

By Jennifer Gunn September 6, 2018

A new school year is a fresh opportunity to revisit, reconnect, and reimagine your school’s mission and vision. It’s the perfect time to open up your leadership practice and share the work with your team to truly and sustainably make a change. Hear from the leading experts on school leadership to learn how to become… Read More

Professional Development vs. Piloting New Initiatives

By Nicole Mace, MEd August 17, 2018

Professional development (PD) is usually welcomed by educators who are looking to hone their craft, but the implementation of professional development trainings can get a bad reputation in education. After hours of learning about a new strategy or teaching method, educators are expected to return to their classrooms and implement their new knowledge. But many… Read More

Working to address the achievement gap and meet students’ needs are the types of challenges that administrators and teachers face on a daily basis. Melissa Schachner approaches these challenges, and many others, with passion and determination. Schachner is a principal at Bridger School in the Portland Public School District and she is one of our… Read More

Earning Your EdD: Our Top 12 FAQs

By Alisa Bates, PhD August 9, 2018

If you’re interested in pursuing your EdD or are already enrolled, you may be curious (or nervous) about the dissertation process, or other aspects of Concordia’s program. To give you clarity, advice, or that boost of inspiration you’re looking for, we asked our EdD students and alums your top twelve frequently asked questions. Read on to… Read More