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The CEHD Annual Report: Preparing Educational Leadership

February 1, 2008 in Philanthropy

The College of Education and Human Development is grateful for the gifts of support from a variety of donors who believe in our vision for the development of new educational leadership programs. An estate gift totaling nearly $1.5 million will be used to provide initial funding for the recruitment and hiring of the Rowntree Chair in Educational Leadership.

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In addition, funds from the state and gifts from other generous donors are helping to support the development of two key projects: the Kentucky Principals’ Academy with the University of Kentucky and the redesign of the doctorate through the Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative for the Doctorate in Professional Practice.

Kentucky Principals’ Academy

CEHD is leading the way in the redesign of educational leadership programs in the state and nation. Last year the Kentucky legislature and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) awarded a competitive grant to UofL for the development of the Kentucky Principals’ Academy. This gave CEHD the opportunity to establish a new model program fro training and professional development for practicing principals.

Since August, a 30-plus member advisory committee has outlined the program design, developed the curriculum and the screening/identification process and evaluation system. Next steps include finalizing the curriculum and then statewide recruiting.

Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative on the Doctorate in Professional Practice

CEHD is taking a two-pronged approach to its doctoral program redesign:

  • a broad-based study by faculty members and other stakeholders, and
  • a pilot program for administrators at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and in the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative (OVEC).

Both initiatives are guided by the participation in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, and each process will inform the other. The study group has met to examine the current status of doctoral programs and students, review the literature and other programs, and will soon make its recommendations.

The pilot program was shared with designated audiences (experienced administrators at KDE and OVEC). The screening and selection process has taken place, and 15-20 candidates will begin doctoral work in January 2008. Initial participants will work in conjunction with the CEHD faculty to further design the practitioners’ Ed.D.