Dean Virginia Roach Recognized for Policy Excellence

On April 15, a major national research organization recognized Virginia Roach, Dean of the Graduate School, for her scholarly work in educational policy research.
The  University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) presented Dean Roach with the William J. Davis Award at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each year, the award goes to contributors of “the most outstanding article published in Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ),” UCEA’s journal focused on critical school leadership and policy issues.
Dean Roach’s winning study, “School Leadership Policy Trends and Developments: Policy Expediency or Policy Excellence?,” examines how a conforming approach to educational policy often pulls focus from improving education through innovation and instead serves to reinforce the status quo. Rather than asking what works, “state policy makers copy the work of their colleagues across states to create a sense of legitimacy,” the study explains.

Co-authored by L. Wes Smith and James Boutin, Dean Roach’s article appeared in the November 2011 issue of EAQ. Margaret Terry Orr, director of Bank Street’s Future School Leaders Academy, edited the special issue, which examined current research on effective school leadership preparation.
According to Orr,

The special issue is an outgrowth of the Taskforce on Evaluating Educational Leadership Preparation Programs, jointly sponsored by UCEA and AERA. Over a 10 year period, the Taskforce endeavored to establish empirical research evidence on the effectiveness of quality leadership preparation, by developing a research-grounded conceptual model, measures, and a survey research database to test assumptions about preparation’s influence on leaders and

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