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New Associate Professor Demonstrates Support for Collaboration Model to Enhance Student Opportunities to Learn


Recently promoted to associate professor in the Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP) Division, Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, Ed.D., is slated to officially become a tenured faculty member as of September 1, 2023. “Fordham has been very supportive of my work, encouraging me to advance my research through collaborative partnerships in New York City, regionally, and nationally,” she shared. “There is a real recognition in the GSE that service to the field matters, and that makes a tremendous difference in my ability to focus on efforts to not only study but also support how educational leaders can work together to enhance students’ opportunities to learn in the classroom and beyond.”

Stosich is excited about the opportunity to take on even larger projects with partners in the field, including writing a new book, Internal Coherence at the System Level: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Districts and Schools, which is currently under contract with the Harvard Education Publishing Group. The new book is a follow up to her first book, The Internal Coherence Framework: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools, both of which she has collaborated on with coauthors Michelle Forman and Candice Bocala.

Primarily, Stosich investigates how educational leaders can work in teams to identify and address problems of practice and respond to district, state, and federal policy shifts. She explains, “As a teacher at the Fordham Graduate School of Education, I support all of my students in working collaboratively with teachers and other stakeholders, as well as each other, to strengthen the quality and equity of educational opportunities and outcomes they achieve as scholarly practitioners and equity-minded leaders.”

Beginning this summer, Stosich will be supporting system leaders, principals, and leadership teams from six Cristo Rey Network high schools in the United States as they learn to use the Internal Coherence Framework and Clinical Practices to lead instructional improvement. The schools are part of Christo Rey’s consortium of 38 U.S. college preparatory high schools in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources.

Involvement in professional associations is another way that Stosich serves in the field of educational leadership and policy. She has served on the executive committee of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group (LSI SIG). Most recently she served as the Immediate Past LSI SIG Chairperson, and has served as the LSI SIG Chair, Program Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Dissertation Award Chair. Stosich is also the recipient of the prestigious AERA Division A Emerging Scholar Award; read more about her here.


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