UND Department of Educational Leadership to host its first Leadership Symposium

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College of Education & Human Development


Event intended to attract university and public education officials, facilitates discourse; keynote speakers are Andrew Hargreaves and Michael Fullan, experts in teaching and learning

The University of North Dakota Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) — part of the College of Education & Human Development — will host its first Leadership Symposium.

The symposium is a collaboration between UND and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), the North Dakota LEAD Center, the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL), the North Dakota Regional Education Association (NDREA), and the Advisory Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) .

The symposium is titled "Professional Capital: Leadership for the Transformation of Teaching in Every School."

This EDL symposium is expected to be an annual gathering of educational leaders from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This inaugural event will be held Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The symposium is designed to facilitate discourse on the impact and effectiveness of strategies to develop, "professional capital" among a broad constituency, which includes colleges of higher education, PK-12 administrators, academic researchers, government agencies and other professionals from North Dakota and beyond. The symposium will be a rich mix of practice and research with conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops and engagements with professionals and academics.

The symposium will highlight two keynote presentations by Andrew Hargreaves and Michael Fullan, co-authors of the book for which this symposium is based on, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, Teachers College Press, New York City.

Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Change and leading editor of the first and second International Handbooks of Educational Change. His books have achieved outstanding writing awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association, the National Staff Development Council and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and are translated into many languages.

Fullan, professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, is an authority on educational reform. Fullan is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world on how to help all children receive an education. He is currently special advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario and his book Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward.

Another highlight of this year's symposium will be an in-depth discussion of the state guidelines for Principal & Teacher Evaluation. The evaluation of principal performance is the procedure that school districts use to determine how well principals are performing their duties and the effects of their work on student achievement.

Pauline Stonehouse, an assistant professor, and Sherry Houdek, associate professor, both in UND's EDL, led efforts to organize the symposium; Michael Schepp, coordinator of EDL Distance Education, was instrumental behind the scenes.

About the UND Department of Educational Leadership:

The Department of Educational Leadership serves educational communities by preparing ethical and socially conscious leaders with knowledge, vision and skills; conducting research; and providing service. Offering two programs with five degree options: M.Ed., M.S., Specialist Diploma, Ed.D., and Ph.D, the Department of Educational Leadership prides itself on being a leader in the field with an internationally recognized academic program that combines theory and practice to provide a scholar-practitioner educational model. Our innovative and responsive curriculum fosters intellectual vitality and facilitates the development of our world-class students and faculty.

About the College of Education and Human Development:

The UND College of Education and Human Development has over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students in five departments including Counseling Psychology and Community Services; Educational Foundations and Research; Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Public Health; and Teaching and Learning. The mission is to foster healthy human development and learning across the lifespan.