Professional Leadership

Meet the faculty: Barbara Weschke

Meet the Faculty: Barbara Weschke, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team January 8, 2019

Barbara Weschke, PhD is a distinguished leader with expertise in educational administration, teacher leadership, and curriculum development, and we’re proud to say she’s one of Concordia University-Portland’s faculty chairs for our EdD program. Read on to learn about her work with educators, her advice for doctoral candidates, and more. As an instructor who has also led… Read More

Leadership Your Way

By The Room 241 Team December 29, 2018

Looking for some fresh ideas to take your leadership to the next level? We’ve got you covered. Here are some new ideas to maximize your network, advance as a leader, and reinvigorate your teaching practice. Build your social network Chatting with other teachers on social media lets you trade leadership strategies, swap survival tips, and… 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

Whether you’re considering Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program or you’re about to begin it, we thought you’d like to know more about one of our most popular EdD concentrations: Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation. At a glance, you can see that this EdD program is customizable to fit your individual needs and career goals, but there… Read More

Building a Growth Mindset for Teachers

By Jennifer Gunn August 26, 2018

Fostering a growth mindset in students is a priority for most educators, but sometimes teachers themselves operate with a fixed mindset. Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, author of the very popular Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, made these terms part of our pedagogical vocabulary. Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities,… Read More

So you’ve decided to take the next step in advancing your career by applying to Concordia’s doctoral program. That’s great! Concordia has helped many education professionals build credibility through their research and become more effective leaders. While preparing your application, some questions might come up. Luckily, we have answers. We sat down with Tyler Jass, Concordia’s… Read More

It has been known for decades that teachers can have a profound effect on the students they teach. Education policies can make a significant difference in a teacher’s work, which in turn affects their students. When expert teachers are actively engaged in the development of education policy and initiatives, achieving the intended outcomes and avoiding… Read More

Earning Your EdD: Our Top 12 FAQs

By The Room 241 Team 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

Just for APs: Become Your Principal’s Go-to Player

By Terry Wilhelm May 13, 2014

In this series I’ve applied business leadership author John Maxwell’s advice from “Nine Ways to Lead Your Leader” and discussed how assistant principals can “lead up” to their principals. This post explores how an AP can apply Maxwell’s eighth tip: Become a go-to player. APs who invite their principals to allow them to share responsibilities can become… Read More

4 Bad Habits that Hold Back Educational Leaders

By Brian Gatens March 24, 2014

In my experience, most people who move into school leadership tend to get there through a combination of personal ambition and a desire to help schools improve. Yet as soon as they move into a leadership role, the challenges and new skills needed often hold them back from initially meeting their potential. If you’re currently… Read More

Deciding When to Lead and When to Follow

By Brian Gatens March 20, 2014

Leadership is a funny thing. Not funny in a ha-ha sort of way (well, it is sometimes), but in the way that for all the books, articles and websites dedicated to its study, no one can quite quantify how to be a good leader. It’s easy to identify the traits — trustworthy, consistent, visionary and… Read More