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GSE Graduates’ Dissertation Work Spotlighted During Latest Spring Speaker Series Session


Assistant professor Tiedan Huang, Ed.D., and GSE graduates Laura Dubak, Ed.D., and Kenneth Kroog, Ed.D., spoke on “Advancing Continuous Improvement through the Dissertation in Practice.” 

Fordham University’s Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP) Online Spring Speaker Series continued in March with a presentation from assistant professor Tiedan Huang, Ed.D., on Fordham’s approach to the Dissertation in Practice. Graduates of Fordham’s ELAP program, Laura Dubak, Ed.D. and Kenneth Kroog, Ed.D., followed Huang’s introduction with presentations on how their dissertation work supported improvements in the field.

The doctorate in ELAP program is designed to prepare leaders in K-12 education settings who are “equity-minded problem solvers and designers of innovative solutions.” The program is grounded in a commitment to social justice and improvement science. Students focus on problems of practice in educational leadership through a three-year course of study and dissertation in practice.

Dubak, principal of Croton-Harmon High School, is a recent graduate of the ELAP Program and presented her dissertation work on “The Impact of Distributed Leadership and Teacher Leader Development on Principal Use of Time.” Dubak’s work examined ways in which principals could increase their time spent on high quality instructional leadership, including through leadership development among teachers.

Kroog is the assistant director of the Department of Special Education for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES). He shared his dissertation work on “The Effects of a Virtual Professional Learning Network on Teacher Self-Efficacy and Student Achievement.” Kroog’s work identified benefits of virtual professional development and networking opportunities for teachers’ self-efficacy.

The final presentation in the Online Spring Speaker Series will be hosted on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. and will feature assistant professor Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, Ed.D., on how “Principal Equity Teams Collaborate to Address Problems of Practice and Advance Equity and Excellence.” Panelists will include Cristine Vaughan, the superintendent of Community School District 11, and Celeste Coleman, the district achievement and instructional specialist of Community School District 11.

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