My primary research interest is school district leadership, reform, governance and policymaking. As a school and district leader with three decades of experience, I possess a keen awareness of the political, economic, technological, and social forces that have driven growing gaps in achievement and opportunity. Furthermore, I have witnessed first-hand the challenges superintendents and school boards face in localizing education in the face of State and Federal involvement. Other interests include decision-making, leadership development, and organizational change.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Factors that improve the academic achievement of DHH students in a general education classroom (Dissertation Committee Chair)
The role of mindset in teachers' understanding and implementation of inclusive practice (Dissertation Committee Chair)
Impact of Teacher Perception of Self-Efficacy and Readiness to Teach Mathematics in an Inclusive Classroom (Dissertation Committee Chair)
Factors Impacting Teacher Retention: Special Education Teachers' Perception of Supports (Dissertation Committee Member)
The Influence of Intervention Programs with Peer Mentors on Student Agency (Dissertation Committee Expert)
THE COURSES I TEACH AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON
EDAD 501A: CASC: Induction Orientation for the Clear Administrative Services Credential Program
EDD622: Human Dimensions of Educational Change
Most change theories are flawed and have proven to not be useful in the context of education. Theories that have proven to yield results, on the other hand, are the focus of this course. Despite a track record of success, theories of action still require astute leadership to ensure that the barriers that commonly thwart reform efforts are not preventing school districts from implementing at the deepest level. A theory in use is only as useful as the people implementing it are skilled.
EDD605: Methods of Collection and Analysis of Assessment Data.
Complexity and efficacy of using various types of data for making judgments at the system level about the effectiveness of instruction across classrooms and schools.
EDD 620: Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Leadership.
Concepts of ethical philosophy (e.g., self-interest, free will, social responsibility, duty) are explored as the basis for legal standards (protection of individual rights, fair treatment, equality of opportunity, duty of care, public trust) through study of education case law that deals with instructional leadership.
EDD 604: Applications of Research: Forecasting and Planning.
Theories and methods that promote accurate forecasting of the impact of social, economic, political, cultural, academic and demographic trends as they affect educational institutions. Emphasizes how these indicators can be used to engage and inform effective and strategic planning.
EDAD503: Organizational Leadership.
Using organizational theory and leadership studies to understand schools and how to bring about change in schools. Organization, structure and cultural context of schools and the study of techniques used to guide, motivate, delegate, build consensus and lead others in the achievement of goals.
EDD 626A: Transforming Teaching and Schools through Resource Optimization in PreK-12 Education
Perspectives for how optimization of resources can transform education through multidisciplinary approach. Topics include identification of economic, social and political resources, innovative ways to develop new streams of resources and policies and procedures that increase highly productive ways to use resources.
EDD 621A : Leadership of Curricular and Instructional Practices
Current issues in curriculum design and implementation. Explores: forces affecting the curriculum; curriculum continuity and articulation; content trends in the subject areas; appropriate curriculum for students from diverse backgrounds; curriculum censorship; and effective instructional leadership for school curriculum improvement.
EDD 670C: Research Support Seminar
This seminar assists students in writing a critical review of the professional literature pertaining to the identified research problem.
CalSPRA 2023: Strategic Communications Presentation to the California School Public Relations Association 2023