Keaster named professor emeritus

ric_keasterAt their April 24, 2015 meeting the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents named Dr. Ric Keaster professor emeritus.  Dr. Keaster retired from the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research in December 2014. “Professor emeritus” is an honorary rank used to designate retired faculty members who have exhibited a career of distinguished service to the university and to their academic field.

A reception for Dr. Keaster will be held on Friday, May 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Central time in Room 3086 of Gary Ransdell Hall.  All friends, former students, and colleagues of Dr. Keaster are invited to attend and celebrate his career.  Please RSVP to EALR Office Associate Missy Pardue at Melissa.pardue@wku.edu.

Read more about Dr. Keaster’s accomplishments here.

Apply Now for the 2015 Tate Page Education Leader Assistantship

The Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research invites applications for the 2015 Tate C. Page Educational Leader Assistantship.  Applications are due April 30, 2015.

This assistantship program, founded by the late WKU dean of the College of Education, is worth $2,750 this year.  All students admitted to WKU education administration programs (Principal Level I, Principal Level II, DPP, supervisor of instruction, and superintendent) and who will be taking at least one class during the Fall 2015 term are eligible to apply.

The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in scholarship, potential for leadership, good character, and financial need.

This is an assistantship program, rather than a scholarship.  The successful applicant will agree to complete duties as assigned by the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research as a condition of receiving the assistantship.  For the 2015 award, the successful applicant will assist with screening principal candidates in the Spring 2016 cohort.

Please contact Dr. Gary Houchens, gary.houchens@wku.edu, for more information or to receive an application.

Leadership expert Peter Northouse to speak at WKU

northouseDr. Peter G. Northouse, professor emeritus in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, will deliver the 2015 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Lecture on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Central time in Gary Ransdell Auditorium on WKU’s Bowling Green campus.

Northouse is author of the book, Leadership: Theory and Practice, now it its sixth edition and considered a foundational textbook in the field.  The book is a centerpiece of WKU’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership program and provides a historic overview of leadership theory and research.

Dr. Northouse will speak on “Leadership in the 21st Century: Theories and Trends.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Doctoral students and practicing and aspiring leaders in schools, post-secondary institutions, and other organizations are encouraged to attend.

EALR Professor Jim Berger to speak at first Research Brown Bag event

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research will host the first in a series of presentations on current research being carried out by EALR professors on Tuesday, March 17.  Dr. Jim Berger, professor of adult education, will present on “Cultural Markers Within the Classroom and Potential Impacts on Learning.”  See details below.

These Research Brown Bag events will give professors a chance to share their current research and solicit feedback from colleagues and students.  Doctoral students, aspiring leaders, and practitioners are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.  Please email Dr. Jie Zhang to RSVP by  March 16 if you can attend: jie.zhang@wku.edu.

You can read about Dr. Berger’s recent awards for service to the field of adult education here and here.

Berger brown bag

EALR profs Wilson and Houchens featured on WKYU-PBS “Outlook” program

WKU Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research professors Dr. Kristin Wilson and Dr. Gary Houchens appeared on a recent episode of the WKYU-PBS program, “Kentucky Outlook,” hosted by Barbara Deeb.

The episode explored a number of hot-button issues facing Kentucky, and the segment featuring Dr. Wilson and Dr. Houchens examined recent education issues like President Obama’s proposal of “free community college for all,” teacher evaluation, and the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Watch the complete episode here.  The segment on education begins around 17:04.

Apply now for Fall 2015 WKU principal certification program

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research is now reviewing applications for admission to the Fall 2015 principal certification program cohort.  Click here for more information about principal certification at WKU, and click here to access an application packet.

For priority consideration, applications should be received by March 30, 2015.  Please email Dr. Gary Houchens, program coordinator, to request an application, ask questions, or express your intent to apply: gary.houchens@wku.edu.

WKU seeks highly-effective teachers with at least 3 years of successful classroom experience, a Master’s degree, and a 3.0 minimum Master’s-level grade point average for application to our rigorous, cohort-based certification program.

The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours completed over a three-semester timeframe.  Many candidates can be eligible for Level I certification in as little as 18 months.  Candidates may complete the program for certification only or for Rank I status (requires a minimum of 30 credit hours).  Options are also available for completing principal certification as a component of the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree or Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program (additional admissions requirements apply for both options).

WKU’s principal program is offered in a hybrid format, blending online learning and approximately four face-to-face Saturday classes per semester.  Principal courses heavily emphasize field-based experiences that immerse candidates in leadership opportunities in their own schools and districts.  A mentoring component ensures principal candidates receive on-going feedback and support at the district level as they progress through the program.

We anticipate that all principal candidates who are graduates of WKU’s College of Education and Behavior Sciences or who are employed in a district belonging to the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative will be eligible for the Topper Educator Graduate Scholarship, which could save candidates thousands of dollars during the duration of their program.

Also, principal candidates from Allen, Barren, Grayson, and Todd County school districts may be eligible for the WKU-GRREC Leading 2 Learn (L2L) grant-funded partnership that offers additional tuition subsidies and professional development supports.

WKU strongly supports diversity in school leadership and encourages all minority candidates to apply.

Our first cohort in the new program recently completed their Level I requirements and are eligible for administrative positions around Kentucky.  Currently 55 principal candidates in two additional cohorts representing 21 districts are participating.  Candidates admitted for Fall 2015 will join this group of aspiring administrators on an exciting leadership journey.

Again, send Dr. Houchens your questions, application request, or intent to apply (gary.houchens@wku.ed) and submit your application by March 30, 2015 for priority consideration.

(Almost) Free SLLA Test Prep Session Returns to WKU

EALR associate professor Dr. Mike Putnam will be reprising his hugely popular test prep session for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), required of all aspiring school principals in Kentucky and many other states.  The session will be held on Friday, February 27, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Central time, continuing on Sunday, February 28, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Central time in Gary Ransdell Hall Room 3076 on WKU’s main campus.

The session is $20 for WKU students and alumni, and $40 for non-WKU-affiliated participants.  Payment should be in cash at the beginning of the Friday session; receipts will be provided.  Please bring a 1 1/2 – 2 inch three ring binder for materials.

Dr. Putnam developed this test review with Dr. Dennis Bunch of the University of Mississippi.  Kentucky currently has a passing cut score of 160 on the SLLA.  Previous prep sessions at WKU have resulted in a 100 percent pass rate for participants graduating from WKU administrator preparation programs and 97 percent for non-WKU graduates.

The session will include a review of the six ISLLC standards upon which the SLLA is based, and feature timed test prep exercises and hands-on activities and discussions.  The Kentucky Principal Test will also be briefly addressed.

Participants must agree to confidentially share their SLLA test score results with Dr. Putnam as he uses this data to continue refining the test prep process and may publish an analysis of results in the future.

Contact Dr. Putnam at michael.putnam@wku.edu by end of the day on Tuesday, February 17, to register.  Please include your name, phone number, current school and district, and professional role in your  message.

EALR welcomes Kelly Foster, Wayne Young as adjunct instructors

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is delighted to welcome two well-known and highly-regarded Kentucky education leaders as adjunct instructors for the Spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Kelly Foster

Dr. Kelly Foster, Associate Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education, will teach EDFN 576, Issues and Trends in Education.  Dr. Foster is a former English teacher who served as an administrator in the Nicholas and Montgomery County Schools before joing KDE in 2013 as Associate Commissioner for Next Generation Schools and Districts.  Dr. Foster oversees KDE’s comprehensive efforts to support and lead school improvement across the Commonwealth.

“I’m looking forward to teaching at WKU next semester,” Dr. Foster said.  “I believe my experiences in education across the state will inform some great discussion about current issues and trends in the field.”  EDFN 567, which is taught fully online, is a required course for certifications such as Director of Pupil Personnel and Supervisor of Instruction.

Mr. Wayne YoungEALR will also welcome Mr. Wayne Young, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, to the faculty team.  Mr. Young will teach EDAD 677, School Law.  A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Mr. Young joined the staff of KASA in 1983 as legal counsel and lobbyist, becoming executive director in 1989.  He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on school law in the Commonwealth.  EDAD 677 is a co-requisite course in the WKU principal certification program and required for all administrative certificates.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with WKU and with students who are at the beginning of their journeys as school leaders,” Mr. Young said.  “Having a solid grasp of legal concepts that impact schools is a foundational element in their future success, and I am honored to be able to share my experiences with them.”

EALR Department Head Dr. Marguerita DeSander said WKU is fortunate to have educators with the statewide profile and successful reputation of Dr. Foster and Mr. Young as a part of the faculty.  “Kelly and Wayne are regarded as key leaders in K-12 education in Kentucky,” she said.  “Our students will be greatly enriched by learning from their expertise.”

 

EALR professor Jim Berger honored for COABE work

Berger COABE AwardDr. Jim Berger, professor of adult education in WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research, was recently recognized for his years of service to the Commission of Adult Basic Education.  Dr. Berger received an award of appreciation celebrating his past service as a member of the COABE board, and as editor of the COABE’s Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education.

COABE provides research, professional development, and technical support for practitioners and scholars in a variety of adult education disciplines.

The COABE award adds to the crowded shelf of recognitions Dr. Berger has accumulated, including a recent President’s Appreciation Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

EALR congratulates Dr. Berger on his well-deserved honors.  To learn more about WKU’s Masters of Arts in Education in Adult Education, which Dr. Berger coordinates, visit the program website.

 

First cohort of new EALR principal program graduates

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Cohort 1 of WKU’s Principal Certification Program

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is pleased to congratulate the first graduating cohort of its recently-revised principal certification program.  This week members of Cohort 1 completed the final core courses of the program.  Once they have successfully passed their licensure exams these principal candidates will be fully eligible to seek administrative positions in schools.

In recent years the Kentucky Educational Professionals Standards Board directed WKU, along with all other state-approved university programs, to make significant changes in its principal certification coursework.  As a result, EALR adopted a new cohort-based principal training model utilizing hybrid (online/face-to-face) learning and a heavy focus on practical field-based experiences, all with a major emphasis on the role of the principal as instructional leader.

Cohort 1 began core courses in Fall 2013, completing their program 18 months later.  Cohort 2 launched in Fall 2014, including 37 new principal candidates, and EALR anticipates approximately 18 incoming principal candidates in Cohort 3, which will begin Spring 2015.

Cohort 1 includes 15 outstanding principal candidates representing 9 school districts:

  • Andrea Diggs, Jefferson County Schools
  • Annette Fackler, Meade County Schools
  • Rachel Fairman, Simpson County Schools
  • John Gray, McLean County Schools
  • Ashley Hayes, Jefferson County Schools
  • Ashley Hendrick, Barren County Schools
  • Gena Jeffries, Hardin County Schools
  • Sandra Light, Bowling Green Independent Schools
  • Nicole Lyons, Warren County Schools
  • Joey Norman, Warren County Schools
  • Susan Pfefferman, Warren County Schools
  • Jon Porter, Allen County Schools
  • Dan Robbins, Hardin County Schools
  • Carlos Quarles, Warren County Schools
  • Shawn Quinn, Warren County Schools

EALR congratulates these aspiring school leaders for their outstanding efforts in completion of their Level I principal certification coursework.  They served as worthy pioneers for the new program format and set a high standard of excellent for future cohorts.  We look forward to hearing of their great successes as they move into the next phase of their careers.

To learn more about principal certification at WKU, click here.