HIGH POINT, N.C., July 16, 2013 – Approximately 80 educational leaders from across the state will meet at High Point University July 22 – 24 to plan new ways of studying challenges and seeking solutions to problems in education.
HPU’s School of Education doctoral students will collaborate with doctoral students from East Carolina University and Western Carolina University at the first Educational Leadership Studio on HPU’s campus. The three universities have implemented professional programs of practice, a relatively new design of doctoral education, focused on serving those who aspire to practice educational leadership.
HPU’s doctoral candidates are local educators, district office leaders, principals and teacher leaders. They represent seven public school districts across central North Carolina in addition to community college and private school administrators.
“There was concern that universities were producing educational leaders that didn’t know much about what was actually happening in the schools,” says Dr. Barbara Mallory, associate professor of educational leadership. “Our students work in the schools, and are working on challenges they are seeing in schools, in real time.”
The Educational Leadership Studio is one feature that sets HPU’s program apart from the rest. It is a collaborative network organized by HPU, ECU and WCU, and founded by Dr. MJ Hall, HPU alumna, that provides doctoral candidates a platform to generate and share their concerns, research and successful improvement practices. The Studio is a venue and network that allows these leaders to solve problems of practice in North Carolina’s schools.
“The first studio will allow the students to meet face-to-face, create relationships, share ideas and set the foundation for continued collaboration in a virtual, as well as face-to-face environment,” says Dr. Vernon Farrington, Doctoral Program Coordinator at HPU.
The collaboration of three universities in North Carolina is a relatively new phenomenon, as doctoral candidates from across three regions in the state co-design and co-create their own community. Dr. Michael Renn, the CEO of RENNEWAL, LLC, an independently owned enterprise focused on the development of practicing leaders in K-12 education, and Dr. Jill A. Perry, Co-Director of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), will be facilitating several sessions at the Studio in July.
“I think the fact that we are creating a network in North Carolina provides evidence our three universities are committed to redesigning doctoral programs for scholar practitioners. Together, we are implementing new curriculum, new experiences and collaborative partnerships with educational organizations,” says Mallory.
High Point University’ education leadership doctoral program currently has 21 students enrolled in its first class.