Educational Leadership

Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn

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HendersonFor Raythorne “RJ” Henderson, continuing his education was an obvious choice. An enthusiastic and innovative teacher who motivates his students through ideas like naming their groups after colleges, he decided on the Educational Leadership program at The Graduate School at Hood College, where he became part of a community which helped him professionally and personally. He credits Hood with helping him “gain a global perspective of the type of work in which administrators engage”.

 

In March of 2017, near the end of his program, RJ was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, causing kidney failure. Although hospitalized for several weeks and in need of rest and dialysis, he was able to graduate that May. He credits his professors and cohort members with helping him and making accommodations so that he was able to finish on schedule. He currently has a living donor and will receive a transplant on October 31, 2017.

 

RJ graduated from Frederick High School in 2004 and received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Salisbury University. After four years of teaching in Wicomico County, he returned to Frederick to teach at Hillcrest Elementary. After several years, he made the move to Montgomery County, where he currently teaches, for family and career growth.

 

While teaching in Frederick, he started coursework on campus at Hood, but shifted to the Hood/MCPS Cohort Program when he moved to Montgomery County. This program allows teachers to take Hood Ed Leadership classes hosted locally in MCPS facilities. He explains that “the cohort was an excellent experience as I was able to move from one course to another with the same group of colleagues.  We were constantly in contact with one another and built meaningful relationships.  It was great to gain the insight and hear the perspective of other professionals, some in positions other than classroom teachers. Travel time was also cut significantly. [However] there’s just something special about taking a class on campus. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like reading the e-version of a book versus the hard copy.  They each have their advantages and it’s simply a personal preference.”

 

RJ is hoping for a position as an Assistant Principal next year, and believes that his classes at Hood allowed “networking with other future administrators, and learning from some of the best educators in the country.  It was extremely beneficial to learn from those who are involved in the work on a daily basis”. We are #HoodProud of RJ and hope to hear about Principal Henderson soon!

 

Hood also offers the Educational Leadership Cohort Program for teachers in Washington County, MD and Berkeley County, WV. For more information click the above link or email gofurther@hood.edu.

 

Outstanding Student- Educational Leadership

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i-mzS4Z8D-L  Kaitlin Moore applied to Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and when she was interviewed by the program director on October 26, he noted, “Kaitlin is an exceptionally motivated educator who is more capable than most; she is quite articulate in expressing her passion as an educator.”  Some people are just that impressive when one meets them for the first time!

Kaitlin teaches at Hillcrest Elementary where she has been able to employ one of her academic passions, Spanish, to mold positive relationships with elementary school students whose first language is Spanish. Thanks largely to Kaitlin’s drive, Hillcrest – the elementary school with the highest percentage of Hispanic students in the state of Maryland – has ensured that such students are English proficient before they leave the school.

In fact, her methods are so effective that Kaitlin has hosted educators from Washington County, Montgomery County and the Maryland Department of Education in her classroom so they can adopt the Hillcrest Dual Language model of instruction, which Kaitlin developed.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Kaitlin has applied to and been accepted to the Johns Hopkins Doctoral Studies in Education program, where we have every faith that she will experience the same kind of success as she’s experienced here at Hood.

Become a (Better) Leader with Hood’s Doctoral Program!

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bandsDid you know that Hood has a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership? Learn all about it directly from Kathleen Bands, the director of the program, on our brand new YouTube channel!

Meet Kathleen Bands

Hear her describe the program, which offers degree options in educational leadership (D.O.L.) and business administration (D.B.A.). Working with a cohort of peers from various backgrounds, doctoral candidates learn from coursework and practical experience that will help as they pursue their individual goals. Current students include school principals, researchers, human resources directors, and project managers. Several have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Hood, and aim to become the colleges’ first “Three Degree” graduates! Learn more about Dr. Bands and the program in the above video, as well as on our website (Hood Graduate School Doctoral Program).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Graduate School’s brand new YouTube channel!

Hood – A Place That Nurtured My Calling and Passion

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Lura_Hanks_WebHaving earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Hood College, Lura Hanks, a candidate in Hood’s initial Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) cohort, is on her way to becoming one of the college’s first “three degree” recipients.

Lura is currently Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies for Washington County (MD) Public Schools.  She provides professional development, curriculum design and resources to 48 schools, serving staff and students from PreK through 12th grade. She started her teaching career with Frederick County Public Schools at Middletown Elementary School before becoming an FCPS Teacher Specialist for English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Following Assistant Principal positions at Thurmont Primary and Elementary and Spring Ridge Elementary, she received her first Principal position at Mercersburg Elementary in the Tuscarora School District in Pennsylvania.  Lura returned to Maryland in 2013 to become Principal at Winter Street Elementary in Hagerstown before assuming her current position in 2015.  She has also served as a School Board Director in the Greencastle- Antrim (PA) School District.

Lura has been involved in a variety of projects to support technology initiatives and enrich students’ experiences at the elementary level, including the development of a program for students in grades 3-5 to demonstrate proficiency on grade level standards, work ethic and motivation, as well as exemplary character and behavior.  The program enabled students to enhance their general education through integrated studies in math, English, Science and Social Studies.

“Hood College has provided the foundation necessary for me to excel in the educational field.  With my own passion and drive to succeed, Hood continues to provide exceptional mentors and instructors that inspire, expect and support my own professional learning.  Through a liberal arts approach, Hood has enabled me to view the world from a global perspective and transfer those experiences to better prepare young students for the world they will lead.  Each experience at Hood has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to advance professionally with confidence and passion. 

As an educator, my goal is always to have the greatest impact in preparing our nation’s youth for success in the world we have created for them.  My hope is to inspire, expect and support success for as many children as I can influence.  Hood has nurtured my calling and I will continue to work for the health and wealth of our communities through advanced literacy competence and citizenship development in our future caretakers.”

Originally from Massachusetts, Lura is married to David Hanks, Assistant Principal at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, and mother of Nathan (10) and Natalie (9).

Effective Leadership Makes the Difference

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Roger's PhotoRoger Stenersen, Program Director for Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program, has devoted his life to education and teacher preparation.  A Baltimore County native, Roger attended St. Paul’s School in Broolandville and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History of English Literature and teacher certification at Washington College. He completed his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision at Salisbury State University.  He also took additional graduate coursework in the University of Maryland’s field doctoral program partnership with Washington County Public Schools.

Following graduation from Washington, Roger taught at the high school in Kent County, MD, where he also coached lacrosse and wrestling.  In 1978 he moved to Washington County, where he worked in school-based administration for twenty-six years.  His professional roles included assistant principal appointments in three middle schools and principal appointments in four.  Following his retirement, he was an instructor in Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development where he taught courses in Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership of the Schools, Supervision, and Group Dynamics. He has also supervised dozens of educational leadership interns in Baltimore, Carroll, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Washington and Frederick counties.

An area of special interest to Roger is the professional development of school leaders, and he has earned NAESP certification as a mentor to beginning principals.  One of four members of the team which developed Hood’s new Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership, he sees this as a wonderful opportunity – not just for school personnel, but for all community leaders – to take their leadership to the next level and benefit the greater Frederick region.

 

Educational Leadership Certificate Preparation – Discovering Your Own Leadership Skills

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Emily Quinlanpic1Emily E. Quinlan, already armed with a Hood College Master’s degree in special education, also earned a certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood, which puts her on the path toward an administrative career in education.  Emily is an Instructional Coordinator for Elementary Special Education for Frederick County Public Schools. She delivers consultative and direct services to students with disabilities and their instructional staffs at the district’s 36 elementary schools. Additionally, she mentors teachers, conducts observations, monitors instructional programming and – as well as provides professional development. Prior to her current position, Emily was an FCPS Teacher Specialist and Coordinator for Secondary Schools.

Emily credits Hood’s curriculum and faculty for equipping her with effective mentoring, collaboration and professional development strategies for working with teachers of varying experience levels as well as administrators in schools with diverse needs. “(The Educational Leadership Certificate Program) is great for discovering your own leadership skills and qualities while learning how to build positive relationships with other educators.” The educational leadership program at Hood provides insight into the intricacies of school-based and systemic needs and how leadership roles impact those needs. The lessons and rigor of the leadership program have allowed Emily to adapt to new leadership roles, support schools based on their individual needs, and work to build teacher-leaders throughout the county.

Hood College – Part of My Life – From Undergraduate to Doctorate

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AP photo1Hood College alumnus Joshua Work has earned his undergraduate degree in History (along with a Maryland Teaching Certificate), and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the school.  A Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) candidate, Josh is on his way to becoming one of Hood’s first “Three Degree” graduates.  Josh, his wife Casey and three children Ava, Kai, and Chad live in Frederick.

He is currently an Assistant Principal for Frederick County Public Schools, and works at Middletown Middle School, as part of a leadership team that implements and coordinates the school program for 835 students and 70 staff, using rigor and working within a culture of cooperation, organization, determination and excellence.  All of this to promote a positive school culture that fosters the social development and student achievement.

Joshua grew up in Frederick County and graduated from Walkersville High School in 2005. While at Walkersville he interned at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Ft. Detrick. He applied to Hood for his undergraduate degree, he says, because “I knew that Hood was an excellent school with a distinguished reputation. Since I was still local, I was able to retain my internship position throughout my undergraduate degree at NCI.

While in pursuit of his undergraduate degree, Joshua enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR). After completing boot camp and his military occupational specialty school, he returned to Hood to complete his degree. He remained at Hood, NCI, and his USMC reserve unit until his graduation in May, 2009.  Following graduation, he was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and served as a Fire Direction Center chief and vehicle commander for a light armored mortar vehicle.

Joshua returned to the States in May, 2010 and was hired to teach social studies for FCPS.  While teaching, he earned his M.S. in Educational Leadership.

“Hood has become a part of my life. I met my wife there during undergrad and we got married during our senior year. Beyond the well-rounded liberal arts curriculum, I believe what makes Hood so wonderful is the staff and faculty that have been supportive over the years. I have been fortunate to develop great relationships with Mr. (Roger) Stenersen, Dr. (Jennifer) Cuddapah, and Dr. (Kathleen) Bands and value them all as lifelong mentors. I am humbled by all of time and effort that my professors have provided to me from my undergraduate to the Doctorate. One way to honor their tutelage is to successfully complete the doctoral program with Hood’s inaugural doctoral cohort. One day I hope to return to Hood and support graduates in any capacity that I can.”

Hood’s New Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies – Courses from Three Graduate Education Programs Coming Together to Shape One Degree

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Stem2A1890For the first time Hood College is offering a Master of Science degree in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies. This new program will enable educators to build a substantial content base and add leadership skills and specialized reading training to enhance career opportunities.

Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and support staff who want to design a personalized program to meet their individual instructional and professional needs. An integral part of this program is the ability to choose course work from other content areas outside the field of education. The curriculum includes four professional core courses, one course from each of the three existing education graduate programs – Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership – as well as four elective courses, and a capstone research project. This action research project provides the opportunity to explore and address specific instructional issues in an action research framework, bridging the interdisciplinary coursework that has been completed. A candidate may finish the program in as little as three years, with seven years the maximum allowable time. Candidates must apply to the Graduate School and meet with the program’s director to complete an oral interview and writing sample.

For more information contact Paulette Shockey, Program director, at 301-696-3467 or shockey@hood.edu or visit http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Multidisciplinary-Studies.html

Vanguard Teacher Program – Leadership Development

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Hood College and Frederick County Public Schools have partnered to offer the Vanguard Teacher Program, a leadership development program that aims to develop competency-based teacher leadership in public schools across the county.

The program focuses on four areas of teaching competencies: mindset, instructional technology, teaching practices, and professional learning and networking.

Mindset competencies include the core values or beliefs that guide a teacher’s thinking, behaviors, and actions, and which also help them shift toward new forms of teaching and learning.

Instructional technology skills help educators utilize technology to enrich their lessons. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students.

Teaching practice competencies are personal characteristics and patterns of behavior that help educators make the transition to new ways of teaching and learning. These qualities include integrating digital content, small group instruction, opportunities for student reflection and data-driven decision making.

Professional learning and networking skills are a more general set of skills that apply across roles and subject areas. These include collaboration and problem solving and are complex; they help practitioners tackle new tasks or develop solutions in situations that require organizational learning and innovation.

The Vanguard Teacher Program aims to develop competency-based, teacher leadership in public schools across the county. Vanguard Program candidates will be able to earn credits toward a related master’s degree in education at Hood while completing the program. Hood will provide up to nine graduate credits to participants who desire the graduate credits, provided they apply and are accepted to Hood College’s Graduate School as non-degree seeking students. Classes will take place in FCPS facilities.

Roger Stenersen, the Program Director of the Educational Leadership programs at Hood College, believes that the Vanguard Teacher Program constitutes an important addition to the FCPS-Hood partnership.  Stenersen said, “This new dimension incentivizes teacher growth toward system-identified priorities by providing a pathway to teacher salary increases as well as the option for teachers to earn graduate credits which can be counted toward a master’s degree at Hood.”

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Hood College’s Educational Leadership Programs

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Educational Leadership programswhich include the Educational Leadership Certificate and Master of Science in Educational Leadership – are among the most effective preparation programs for school principals in Maryland. Hood’s Educational Leadership program contains both on-campus and cohort-based programming and serves nearly three hundred candidates across the region who are seeking their professional credentials to become a school principal. Many of these Hood graduates are now practicing principals in school systems across the greater Frederick region.  Hood College has strong partnerships in the region which provide access to the program for candidates in four regional school systems.

Candidates in their master’s degree or post-master’s degree study benefit from the instructional expertise and knowledge of practicing school and school system leaders.  Following their coursework preparation, candidates turn theory into practice by engaging in the capstone experience of the program: a year-long internship under the mentorship of their principal.

For further information please visit http://www.hood.edu/EdLead/ and http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Educational-Leadership-Certificate-Preparation.html