Center for Educational Partnerships and Innovation: A Resource for School Improvement
The College of Education at the University of Findlay is proud to announce the launch of their new Center for Educational Partnerships and Innovation. This Center will establish strategic, service-oriented partnerships with school districts and various related service agencies at local, state, national, and even international levels. Staffed by industry leaders in leadership and learning, the Center will allow the University of Findlay to authentically connect on the front line of innovation in schools today. The Center will deliver many of its support services via digital platforms, creating virtual communities of practice.
Julie McIntosh, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education, stated that in its inaugural year, the Center will focus on innovative school leadership, best practices in school improvement through professional learning communities, virtual pedagogy and the ongoing support of teachers new to the profession.
“We have nationally recognized professionals staffing the Center for Educational Partnerships and Innovation,” added McIntosh. “They have areas of expertise ranging from educational leadership to school improvement, professional learning communities and State of Ohio standards.”
Casey Reason, Ph.D., is serving as the Center’s director. Reason is the author of six books, including “Leading a Learning Organization” and “Mirror Images: New Reflections on Teacher Leadership.” He is the former inaugural Chair of Leadership
Studies for Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. Early in his career he served as a teacher and then assistant principal at Findlay High School before becoming a Toledo area principal and then assistant superintendent in a large school district near Detroit. His books have won many awards, including the PDK Book of the Year. As a digital learning specialist, he also won a Blackboard International Instructional Designer of the Year Award in 2011.
Assistant Director Leigh Chiarelott, Ph.D., specializes in curriculum scholarship and leadership and has several decades of experience as a professor and in various university leadership positions. Chiarelott has authored two books: “Curriculum in Context” and “Lenses on Teaching.”
Wendy Stanley, Ph.D., rounds out the staff, serving as liaison with partner schools. Stanley has worked in implementing and sustaining professional learning communities throughout northwest Ohio for the past six years. She has extensive experience working with administrators, teachers and staff in creating ongoing partnerships.
The College of Education at the University of Findlay provides bachelors and masters degrees in education as well as teacher, principal and superintendent licensure, endorsements, and an online doctorate of education. For more information, contact Dean Julie McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org