Western Kentucky University's Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research prepares aspiring leaders for high-impact careers in K12, higher education, and other organizational settings.
The GRREC/OVEC grant, administered as the kid-FRIENDLy (kid-Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged, and Determined to Learn) project, includes five major components: 1) promoting students as leaders (primarily through implementation of Franklin-Covey program Leader in Me); 2) encouraging the growth and development of teacher and school leaders; 3) implementing competency-based instruction, and 4) promoting personalized learning. The Rock Solid team works closely with kid-FRIENDLy to monitor program implementation and assess results. The team will present several papers summarizing the first full year of the grant’s implementation at the upcoming Mid-South Educational Research Association annual conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, November 5-7.
Dr. Shutt is herself an alumna of WKU’s EALR program and holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Her dissertation research focused on school culture and she has worked closely with Dr. Chris Wagner, EALR transitional retiree and national expert on improving school culture.
Amy continues her duties as principal at Burns Elementary, where she has served for 11 years, while teaching at WKU. She said the experience so far has been “like coming home.”
“As I came through the principal certification classes at WKU myself, the faculty there created a foundation for my leadership in schools,” she said. “I hope to bring my own professional experiences to our graduate students that will equip them to be successful school leaders and keep their focus on what is best for students every day.”
A 2012 graduate of Brigham Young University with a PhD in Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation, Kim has research interests in teacher evaluation and school accountability. Prior to her arrival at WKU, Kim was the Director of Academic and Institution Assessment at LDS Business College and has extensive experience teaching statistics and research methods. Her work on value-added measures of teacher effectiveness was recently published in the Harvard Educational Review.
“I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and researching together with students and other faculty at WKU, ” Dr. Everson said. “I appreciate the warmth with which I have been welcomed.”
It is with a heavy heart that the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research bids farewell to beloved faculty member Dr. Jill Cabrera. Jill has accepted a faculty position at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she has deep ties that area.
Dr. Cabrera, a former Texas teacher and administrator, joined the faculty of WKU in 2011. She played a key role in the launch of EALR’s recently-revised principal certification cohort, teaching classes and advising students in that program, served as an advisor and facilitator to a number of initiatives with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, and was involved in WKU’s Clinical Experiences in the Practice of Teaching (CEPT) grant. Her contributions to the department, the college, and the wider educational community have been numerous.
Jill shared the following thoughts about her departure:
My experiences at WKU have been so positive, primarily because of the people I have met. Working with the students enrolled in the educational leadership programs has been a real highlight. I count myself fortunate to have served in EALR with dedicated, supportive colleagues who are continuously focused on improving education and preparation for graduate students. The opportunity to form partnerships with many educators in the region through collaboration with GRREC has also been a great experience.
As I move to another university nearer my family and loved ones, I feel blessed and enriched by the great opportunity I had to serve at WKU.
WKU EALR wishes Jill many blessings and great happiness in her future endeavors.