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Dr. Frank Ashby (Alum): Vice President at South Seattle Community College

Dr. Frank Ashby joined South Seattle Community College as vice president for administrative services. Ashby brings a wealth of higher education experience to the college.  He has been with the Seattle Community Colleges since November of 2008, most recently as interim executive director for District Financial Services, where he provided leadership and oversight in the areas of strategic fiscal planning, resource distribution, budgeting and financial reporting.

Dr. Douglas Cheney (Faculty): Workshop in Denmark

Dr. Douglas Cheney gave a workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark on US Policy and Evidence-Based Practices for Transitioning Youth with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities from School to Community. The presentation was based on Dr. Cheney’s book Transition of secondary students with emotional/behavioral disorders, 2nd Ed. and presented evolving policy issues and practices developed over the past twenty years regarding assessment, transition planning, use of personal futures planning process, and cultural considerations in communities throughout the US. Approximately 50 psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and educators attended the half-day workshop, organized by Dr. Sidse Arnfred from Psychiatric Centre Ballerup, University Hospital Copenhagen.

Dr. Meredith Honig (Faculty), Max Silverman (Staff), Anneke Markholt (Staff), and Jennifer McDermott (Staff): Presented at Learning Forward 2012 Annual Conference

The Center for Educational Leadership presented two sessions at the Learning Forward 2012 Annual Conference in Boston, held December 1-5, 2012.  Max Silverman and CEL faculty partner Dr. Meredith Honig presented "Central Office as Leaders of Principal Professional Development.”Anneke Markholt and Jennifer McDermott presented "Knowing Strong Instruction When You See It." Learn more

Katherine “Kat” Laxton (Student): Named CADRE Fellow

Katherine “Kat” Laxton was awarded a CADRE Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Laxton is a pre-doctoral student in science education. In addition to working on the DR K–12 project Tool Systems to Support Progress Toward Expert-like Teaching by Early Career Science Educators with Dr. Mark Windschitl, Laxton works as the science content coach and teaching assistant in the teacher education program. More>>

Dr. Mike Knapp (Faculty) and Dr. Margery Ginsberg (Faculty): UCEA Presentation

Dr. Mike Knapp and Dr. Margery Ginsberg presented a session for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in Denver, CO. entitled,  "Capstone Project or Portfolio?  The Culminating Demonstration of Learning in the Education Doctorate."  Along with colleagues from Vanderbilt and University of Chicago-Illinois, the session explored different approaches to final doctoral work in three different innovative programs.

Janae Magnuson (Student): Published in NCAA Champion Magazine

Janae Magnuson, athletics director and head softball coach at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, published a feature in NCAA Champion Magazine titled Cast Aside Complacency; Always Adopt Advocacy. Magnuson is a student in the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program. More>>

Dr. Rob MacGregor (Alum): Published in School Administrator

Dr. Rob MacGregor, graduate of L4L Cohort 4 and Superintendent of Kelso School District, has the feature article in the December edition of School Administrator.  Entitled, "Planting My Flag as a Leader of Learning," the article shows how a superintendent's instructional leadership has been influenced by his doctoral preparation.

Dr. Marge Plecki (Faculty), Dr. Ana Elfers (Faculty) and Yugo Nakamura (Student): Published in Journal of Teacher Education.

Dr. Marge Plecki (Faculty), Dr. Ana Elfers (Faculty) and Yugo Nakamura (Student) published an article in the November issue of the Journal of Teacher Education. Their article is entitled Using Evidence for Teacher Education Program Improvement and Accountability: An Illustrative Case of the Role of Value-Added Measures. In the article, they consider what can be learned from limited forms of evidence for purposes of accountability and improvement of teacher education programs.  The work includes a review of the existing literature and an illustration of what can be learned from value-added measures as one form of evidence.  They also discuss the need to shift the focus of accountability from simply responding to external requirements to developing internal practices that generate knowledge for improvement. 

Karen Robbins (Alum): Published Two Children Books

Alum Karen Robbins recently published two childrens books, Care for Our World, and Shoe Print Art. Care for Our World, which is illustrated by Alexandra Ball, won numerous awards, including: Gold Medal Seal for Mom's Choice Award, Silver Moonbeam Medal for a children's book with merchandising item, Runner Up in the Green Book Festival in S.F., Best Toy of the Year Award by Children's Creative Magazine, and Best Play Set of the Year Award by Children's Creative Magazine. Every sale of Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing Step By Step, which is illustrated by Sally Marts, will donate a percentage of profits to Soles4Souls.org.

Patricia Shelton (Alum): Named Educator of the Year by Museum of History & Industry

Patricia Shelton, an MEd student from the Master in Instructional Leadership program, was named 2012 Educator of the Year by the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Shelton is a Sammamish High School graduate who has worked for the district since 1984, both in the classroom and as a curriculum developer.She helped MOHAI plan exhibits for the new museum, developed innovative education initiatives, and hosted statewide teacher trainings, among other collaborations. More>>

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