Penn GSE | Mid-Career


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Mid-Career alum Marion Wilson was selected to present in the Administration, Advocacy and Policy, Instruction and Assessment track.  Her workshop was titled Wise and Critical Feedback as a Stimulus for Achieving the College Dream.  Her work was titled, Wise and Critical Feedback as a Stimulus for Achieving the College Dream.  Workshop participants engaged in a critical analysis of key college and career readiness standards.  Participants left with a toolkit of strategies to support positive academic behaviors that will impaction the instructional outcomes for African American students.  

Marion Wilson is promoted to the Deputy Superintendent in Staten Island, District 31.  Dr. Wilson’s 20 year career in education has been in both public and charter school systems in New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Wilson brings an extensive knowledge and expertise in curricula, pedagogical, and assessment designs, conducting PPOs, school reform practice,  turnaround leadership, data analysis, and adult learning theories.

Congratulations to Dr. Wilson as she continues to serve  and support school leaders, teachers parents and students in the Staten Island community.  

Mid-Career alumni Stephen Bournés presented at the Power School EDGE Conference “Bringing Together the Brightest Minds in K-12 Education,” February 25–27, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. His presentation was entitled “Repurposing Central Office to Support School Turnaround,” and he also served on the conference’s Transformational Leadership panel.

The conference, "Reimagining Independent Schools; Tearing Down Wall, Building Capacity, and Designing our Future," was held February 27-March 1, 2019 in Long Beach, California.

The conference, “Effective Leadership Creates Success," was held February 14-16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Mid-Career alumni Carol Kelley, Randy Ziegenfuss, and Bolgen Vargas were selected to present in the Focus Zone-Administration and Leadership with Repositioning Educational Leadership: Inquiry-Based Approaches to District Leadership.

The Jackson, MS School Board recently named Mid-Career alum Errick Greene as their next Superintendent. WAPT News Jackson reported: “Dr. Greene comes to Jackson Public School District with a wealth of experience providing leadership on some of the most challenging urban education reform assignments in the United States over the last decade” said Dr. Jeanne M. Hairston, President of the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees.

Mid-Career alum Stephen Bournes presented his research at the 2018 National NABSE Conference in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Bournes’s topic was Transforming the Underperforming: Principal Perceptions of Support in Turnaround Schools.

This groundbreaking volume encourages today’s educational leaders to reposition the way they think about leadership and its challenges. Experienced school and district leaders reveal how they conceptualize their roles; how they learn by posing and solving problems of practice; and how they cope with increasing expectations and complexity in their work.

Dale Schmid will be honored at the  2018 National Dance Education Organization National Conference in San Diego, CAThis award is presented to individuals who have made vital contributions to the dance education field.

Mid-Career Alum Sherry Coleman was selected as a partner for Storbeck/Pimentel.

Dr. Coleman will expand the independent focus at Storbeck/Pimentel.

Mid-Career Director Michael Johanek spoke with The New York Times about Edcamps, a form of teacher professional development that is run by the teachers themselves, in contrast to mandatory packaged professional development delivered by outside experts.

Mid-Career alum Dennis O’Hara was awarded the prestigious Dr. Effie Jones Humanitarian Award at the AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb 15-17 in Nashville, TN. O’Hara is the superintendent of Hauppage Public Schools in Hauppauge, NY. 

Mid-career alum Brandon Wiley presented two workshops at ASCD Empower 18: The Conference for Every Educator, held March 24-26 in Boston, MA.

Mid-Career alums Gene Batiste, Raymond Yu, Ira Brown, and T. J. Locke presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), March 7-9 in Atlanta, GA.  

Mid-Career alum Sam Fragomeni was appointed Head of School of Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, TX. He brings experience as chief academic officer of Explore Schools in Brooklyn, NY.

Several Mid-Career students will present at the upcoming annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), March 7-9 in Atlanta, GA. The theme of this year’s conference is The Leadership Journey: Guides, Pathways, and Possibilities. 

Khalid Mumim, Superintendent of Reading School District (Reading, PA) and Carol Kelley, Superintendent of Oak Park Elementary District 97 (Oak Park, IL), both presented at the AASA’s National Conference on Education, held February 15-17 in Nashville. The theme of this year’s conference was Education in the Digital Age.  

By unanimous vote Omaha Public Schools’ Board of Education selected Dr. Cheryl Logan to lead the district.

Bridget Bujak, a third year Mid-Career doctoral student and principal at LINC High School in Philadelphia, is featured in the December 12 issue of the Notebook in an article entitled "Making a Comeback." 

Several Mid-Career alumni presented at the 2017 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Convention, held November 15-19 in Denver, Colorado.

Congratulations to Mid-Career alums Caryn Cooper, Theo Cramer, Brenda Champion, and Kimberly Field-Marvin on their recent appointments to leadership positions. 

Recent graduate Dr. Tony Alleyne has been honored by the Delaware Business Times. The “40 Under 40“ list recognizes “the region’s best and brightest young professionals…who are making a difference with their intelligence, initiative, and innovations.”                      

Principal Ann DeRosa is proud of her students and staff at Whitehouse School in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Whitehouse School has officially been designated as a National School of Character by the nonprofit organization

This May, Mid-Career alumna Patricia Willis was unanimously voted in as Interim Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Florida, becoming the first Black woman to lead the district. Willis had previously served as a deputy superintendent in the district.

Two Mid-Career alums spoke at the National Charter Schools Conference, June 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Mid-Career alum Barbara Russell. Dr. Russell has been appointed superintendent of the Perkiomen Valley School District in Montgomery County, PA, where she has served as assistant superintendent since 2011. Her new position will begin July 1.

Three Mid-Career alums spoke at the National Conference on Education, presented by the AASA March 2-4 in New Orleans. Leah Austin, vice-president and director of the Racial Equity Leadership Network, Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, presented “Build a Culture of Equity in Your District.” Randy Ziegenfuss, superintendent of Salisbury Township School District (PA), delivered the presentations “Using Social Media to Effectively Engage Your Community” and "Using Social Media to Track Goal Progress." Carol Kelley, superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District (IL), discussed “Social Media: Telling Your District's Story.”

This spring, Mid-Career alum Noah Tennant received the 2017 Penn GSE Educator of the Year Award, an award that recognizes an outstanding graduate who demonstrates unusual involvement in and commitment to identifying and helping to resolve school problems and current issues in education. The recipient of this award must be a dedicated educator who is an inspiration, risk-taker, innovator, and role model and who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of GSE.

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Chris McGinley has been appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney to serve on the SRC. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. "Dr. McGinley's passion for public education and reducing the achievement gap, coupled with his background as an administrator for various school districts, will also help the district prepare for a smooth transition to greater local control."

Cristina Alvarez, co-founder and CEO of Design-Lab Schools was awarded a $10 million grant. View a description of their success at Penn GSE's newsroom and WHYY's NewsWorks.

We are happy to announce that four Mid-Career alum, Jean-Marc Juhel, Ara Carlos Brown, Joan Hill, and Kai Bynum have articles published in the Peabody Journal of Education, Volume 91, 2016, Issue 5.

A core program faculty member in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program explains the transformative power of practitioner research for educational professionals.  See her essay in Penn GSE’s journal, Perspectives in Urban Education.

Recent graduate Dr. Brandon Cooley, Principal at Penn Wood High School, shares his thinking about the school’s success and culture of determination in a recent TV profile.  Click here to watch the video.

Congratulations to Kai Bynum (Cohort 10), who was just named the Head of School at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. He currently serves as the Director of Studies and Director of Academic and Strategic Initiatives at the Roxbury Latin School in Massachusetts, and will begin at Hopkins July 1, 2016.

Wagner Marseille (Cohort 5) was appointed as the new Superintendent of
 Cheltenham Township Schools, 
just outside of Philadelphia. Wagner came to Cheltenham after eight years in Lower Merion, where he had served as Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Superintendent and Acting Superintendent.

This summer’s Jesuit Magazine featured recent graduate and Loyola School’s first female principal Kristin Ross (Cohort 10).  She shares her research and work on the role of women in women in Jesuit education leadership. 

The second season of the popular BackchannelEDU podcast series has now begun.  These scenario-based leadership podcasts, modeled on This American’s Life’s Serial, can be found via iTunes, Sticher or SoundCloud, as well as directly on the MC Innovations Lab.