EALR students receive scholarship, assistantship

Two students in WKU’s principal certification program have recently been recognized as recipients of a scholarship and assistantship, respectively.

Bryan Downing

Bryan Downing, assistant principal at South Warren Middle School and an Option 6 principal candidate, won the 2018 Kentucky Association of School Administrators Aspiring Administrator Scholarship. This competitive scholarship provides tuition for one summer class to an education administration student from each participating university. Students must be a member of KASA and demonstrate outstanding potential as a future school leader.

Melanie Weaver

WKU principal candidate Melanie Weaver, teacher at Doss High School in the Jefferson County Public Schools, was awarded the 2018 Tate C. Page Educational Leader Assistantship. This competitive program was named after and founded by the late WKU Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Tate C. Page, to support aspiring school leaders at WKU who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, character, and potential as they pursue their graduate education. Melanie will complete various leadership tasks for the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research in exchange for tuition support provided by the assistantship.

Congratulations to both Bryan and Melanie.

Apply now for WKU’s newly-revised principal preparation program Fall 2018 cohort

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is currently piloting a 30-hour, Rank 1 in the principal preparation program. A description of the program is below. WKU offers a discount on graduate tuition for P12 educators who live and work in Kentucky. For more information, please see https://www.wku.edu/ketd/. Currently, the Kentucky P12 Educator Discount tuition rate is $395 a credit hour. Our programs are also eligible for financial aid.

To learn more about the program please contact Dr. Stacy Leggett at stacy.leggett@wku.edu or Missy Pardue at melissa.pardue@wku.edu. If you are interested in applying, please apply to the Principal Level 1, Cert Only program. You will need to apply to the graduate school and the principal preparation program. Both applications are available at https://www.wku.edu/ealr/rank_1_application_process.php.

Course Requirements under the 30-hour, Rank 1, Pilot
Co-requisite courses (9 hours)
These courses may be taken before, during, of after 18 hours of core principal certification classes, but students may not apply for certification until all co-requisites are complete. They are usually offered at least once during summer term and at least once during the school year (either fall or spring). At times, we may offer a course during winter term if there is enough interest. These courses may be offered all online, or they may be offered in a blended format. It usually depends on the instructor.

  • EDAD 588 Allocation and Use of Resources
  • EDAD 677 Legal Issues for Professional Educators
  • EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership

Level I core courses (18 hours)
These courses must be taken sequentially, two courses each term (Fall, Spring, Fall or Spring, Fall, Spring). Fieldwork consistent with the role of the school principal is required in each course. The courses are offered in a cohort format and each course has two face-to-face meetings on Saturday. This gives you a total of 4 Saturdays each semester.

  • Semester 1: EDAD 640 Introduction to School Leadership/EDAD 641 Building Culture and Community
  • Semester 2: EDAD 642 Leveraging Community Systems & Resources/EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff
  • Semester 3: EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures & Operations/EDAD 645 Practicing the Principalship
  • Internship Course (3 hours)

You will complete one section of our six-hour internship requirement. You may complete the seminar or the actual internship experience as part of the pilot.

Please contact Dr. Leggett at the address listed above for more information or to apply. Also please join us on May 22 at 4 p.m. at The Bistro on College Street in Bowling Green for an after-hours event to learn more about the program and celebrate our graduates and alumni.

Join us for WKU’s Principal Prep After Hours Event

The Principal Preparation Program in WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research will host an after-hours event for program alumni and prospective students on Tuesday, May 22, from 4-6 p.m. Central time at The Bistro, 1129 College Street, Bowling Green, KY. Program graduates are encouraged to bring someone with them who might want to learn more about principal certification at WKU, including our new 30-hour pilot program leading to Rank I. See details below and email Dr. Stacy Leggett at stacy.legget@wku.edu to RSVP your attendance.

EALR recognizes 2018 outstanding students

 

 

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research recognized outstanding students at the 2018 College of Educational and Behavioral Sciences annual awards program at April 29.

The following students received the Outstanding Education Administration Student Award:

  • Jessica Scheerhorn (pictured on the right)
  • Melanie Weaver (pictured on the left)
  • Linzie Wells (not pictured)
  • Tim Wimsatt (not pictured)
  • Casey Yates (not pictured)

The Outstanding Adult Education Graduate Student for 2018 was Elizabeth “Buffy” Tanner (not pictured).

EALR alumna Savannah Denning (Principal Rank I, ’15) was also honored as Outstanding Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Student.

Congratulations to all these students for their accomplishments!

Three EALR alumnae named to KASA’s Women in Educational Leadership cohort

Three alumnae of WKU’s principal certification program have been selected for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators‘ first-ever Kentucky Women in Educational Leadership (KWEL) cohort. KASA selected 30 applicants based on a competitive process to participate in a new initiative to promote and encourage aspiring and new female school administrators.

“KWEL is defining the future for women in public education while building on the foundation laid by the Kentucky Women in School Administration, which was KASA’s first women’s initiative in the 1980s and 1990s when few women held leadership positions in school districts,” said Rhonda Caldwell, Ed.D., KASA executive deputy director.  “KWEL members will benefit from a support system, leadership development opportunities, career advancement, shared experiences through a network of on-going professional growth and development, coaching and mentoring, and reward and recognition of women who are exemplary leaders.”

Among those selected for the KWEL cohort were Kendra Bronsink (Principal certification, ’15), Instructional Coach for the Daviess County Schools; Patrice Collins (Principal certification, ’18), teacher with the Daviess County Schools; and Ginger Estes (Principal Rank I, ’15), assistant principal at Hancock County High School.

According to Ms. Bronsink, KWEL helps extend the network of professional support she first found in WKU’s principal program:

My experience in the WKU Owensboro Principal Cohort was transformative both professionally and personally because of the collaborative environment in which I was able to do the challenging work of leadership reflection. . . I wouldn’t be the educator I am today if I hadn’t journeyed with these seven other women and one man in our WKU cohort. When I read about the KWEL program I was quick to apply because I wanted to continue to surround myself with other strong women leaders around the state who are facing the same challenges I face in my own context. We spend plenty of time talking about how our school or our district is going to overcome the barriers to success that our students are facing. In actuality, we are ALL facing these barriers, and we can learn a tremendous amount by listening to those outside of our immediate circles of leadership.

Ms. Estes agreed that KWEL presents a rich opportunity to grow professionally:

I think the KWEL cohort will address both my weaknesses and strengths as a leader and not only teach me how to model great leadership skills, but to grow from them and apply them to current opportunities and, hopefully, to many future endeavors. Personally, I believe there is much to learn about being a woman in leadership and I am excited to discover how I can use that knowledge for the betterment of all educators.

Ms. Collins was especially excited for the chance to learn from other experienced women educational leaders:

I am committed to personal excellence and believe strongly in my potential for continued success. KWEL will provide an excellent support system, leadership development opportunities, and shared experiences through a network of on-going professional growth and development. The opportunity of being coached and mentored by exemplary leaders that have come before is a monumental opportunity.

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research congratulates our outstanding alumni for this achievement and wishes them great success as part of the KWEL cohort. To find out more about how you can take the journey to school leadership at WKU, visit our webpage.

Many EALR alumni achieve administrative positions for 2017

WKU EALR alumni Shari Alexander and Jennifer Myers were both appointed to principal positions for 2017 (photo Glasgow Daily Times)

Numerous alumni from WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research programs have been named to various K-12 administrative posts throughout Kentucky for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year:

If readers are aware of other recent appointments of EALR alumni, please email the information to Dr. Houchens at gary.houchens@wku.edu and we will update the post accordingly. Congratulations to all of these distinguished WKU alumni!

EALR recognizes outstanding students

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research recognized several students for their outstanding performance during the 2017 College of Educational and Behavior Sciences Awards program.

The following individuals received the Outstanding Educational Administration Student Award:

  • James Felty
  • Joshua Basham
  • Sara Morgan
  • Lacey Mahaney
  • Amy Irwin
  • Linda Caudle
  • Abigail (Abbi) Long (not pictured above)

The Outstanding Adult Education Graduate Student for 2o17 was Lizze Finley (also not pictured above).

Congratulations to all of these students for their accomplishment.

EALR selected for Wallace Foundation grant to improve principal preparation

Today the Wallace Foundation announced that WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is one of seven universities across the nation selected to participate in a four-year grant-funded initiative to improve principal preparation.  WKU will partner with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board to make school principal training “more inclusive and cooperative with the community, state and other stakeholders,” according to EALR Department Chair Dr. Marguerita DeSander.

Read more about the announcement here.

With its partners, WKU will develop a competency-based principal training program that will track the development of aspiring school leaders from their initial interest in administration, through their university training, and into their early years of service on the job. The goal is to make principal professional learning more responsive to the needs of schools in the region and to deliver more customized and on-time supports for administrators new to the field.  WKU will receive more than $1.7 million in the first year along with guidance and support from the Wallace Foundation and technical assistance partners.

EALR professors Houchens and Zhang win Faculty Excellence Awards

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research was honored to have two professors earn Faculty Excellence Awards for the 2016 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Drs. Houchens and Zhang with CEBS Dean Dr. Sam Evans
Drs. Houchens and Zhang with CEBS Dean Dr. Sam Evans

Dr. Gary Houchens won the CEBS award for Student Advising, while Dr. Jie Zhang earned the award for Research.  They were recognized with a university-wide reception and awards ceremony in April.

Each year students, faculty, and administrators nominate faculty members for awards in Teaching, Research, Student Advisement, and Public Service.  This year awards were also given for outstanding part-time faculty members.  A faculty committee reviews a portfolio of materials from nominees and each college selects an award winner for each category.  Drs. Houchens and Zhang will now be considered for the university-wide faculty awards, which will be announced at the faculty/staff Convocation in August.

Drs. Houchens and Zhang were also awarded tenure in 2016.  Both joined the faculty of WKU in 2010.  Dr. Houchens works primarily with students in the principal certification program while Dr. Zhang teaches research methods in the WKU Doctorate of Educational Leadership program where she also serves on numerous dissertation committees.

EALR Welcomes New Faculty Members

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is pleased to welcome two new associate professors to the faculty, Dr. Janet Hurt and Dr. Stacy Leggett.

Dr. Janet Hurt is a veteran Kentucky educator who has served as an EALR adjunct instructor in the past.  Over her career as a school leader Dr. Hurt has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and associate superintendent in two districts as well as the director of the GRREC/OVEC Race to the Top grant.  She regularly provides consulting services to schools and districts. Dr. Hurt will teach in the principal preparation program and also courses for other certifications including supervisor of instruction and director of pupil personnel. She is currently spearheading a revision and update to the department’s superintendent program.  Dr. Hurt earned a Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Louisville and conducts qualitative research on a variety of educational topics.

“I am honored to be joining the Educational,  Administration, Leadership and Research department at WKU as an associate professor,” Dr. Hurt said.  “It is an outstanding department with top-notch faculty, administrators and staff who consistently model excellence.  I am delighted to be part of a group of professionals who work hard every day to provide an exceptional education for aspiring school and district leaders.”

Dr. Stacy Leggett joins the EALR team from her most recent role as Director of Secondary and Career-Technical Education for the Martin County school district in North Carolina.  Dr. Leggett is a 2015 graduate from The George Washington University with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  She was the recipient of the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Research Award at the 2013 CREATE Conference.  She taught high school math and social studies for 13 years before becoming a school and then district level administrator.  She practices quantitative research methods and is interested in principal and teacher evaluation.  Stacy will primarily teach in EALR’s principal certification program.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the WKU EALR faculty,” said Dr. Leggett.  “I hope that the experiences I bring will help me contribute to this great team and ultimately make a positive impact on leading, teaching, and learning in Kentucky.”

Both Dr. Hurt and Dr. Leggett will advise students in the WKU Doctorate in Educational Leadership program.  We welcome them to the team!