In this second installment on new UCEA members in 2013, I highlight two programs that share a commitment to co-constructing content and field experiences with community partners. Both programs are exemplars in how they leverage partnerships with local non-profits, in the case of Southern Methodist University, and with local school districts, in the case of the University of Denver. While partnerships require an investment of time and energy to develop, faculty are finding that the results are more relevant and robust programs that have an impact on schools in their local communities.
Southern Methodist University PSR: Dan Berebitsky
- The mission of Southern Methodist University’s Department of Education Policy and is to integrate theory, research, and practice in the preparation of education professionals.
- The Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) department currently offers three Master’s degree programs; the Accelerated School Leadership Program and the Urban School Leadership Program focus on K-12 principal preparation.
- The Urban School Leadership is a program born with a sense of passion and urgency in response to the leadership vacuum that often exists in struggling schools--particularly those in urban settings. The program is a joint venture between the Teaching Trust (a local non-profit) and the EPL department. The Teaching Trust is dedicated to the improvement of leadership development for struggling schools working to improve the achievement gap between low-income under-represented students and students of greater privilege.
University of Denver PSR: Susan Korach
- The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver aims to prepare courageous, visionary, and transformative leaders in educational settings at all levels of the education system. To achieve this, they offer intensive, integrated academic and field-based experiences and project-based learning.
The Ritchie Program for School Leaders has been recognized nationally as “one of the nation’s premier principal preparation programs as well as a model of university-district collaboration.”
The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program offers an academic certificate in principal licensure through two options of principal preparation programs (Executive Leadership for Successful Schools and Ritchie Program for School Leaders) as well as a Master of Arts degree, and EdD and PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.