November 14, 2008

Ed.D. Cohort Begins Summer 2009

We are pleased to offer a newly redesigned Ed. D. in educational administration to a cohort of leading PK-12 educators starting in summer 2009. As a member of this cohort you will follow a curriculum that is focused on preparing you to be a leader in diverse 21st century schools.

Department faculty and an advisory group of current public school and agency administrators collaborated to create a sharply-focused multi-year design that includes:

  • Integrated curriculum. Coherent course sequence mobilizes theory and research to address local problems of practice.

  • Timely content. Topics include critical issues in education for a global society, organizational dynamics and systems change in schools, educational policy and politics in diverse communities, and business dimensions of schooling.

  • Engaged instruction. Faculty use case studies and scenarios to support reflection, collaboration, and application. Expert school leaders and faculty from other U of M programs assist with instruction in selected courses.

  • Innovative Ed.D. thesis. Students investigate pressing issues in schools through applied research and evaluation projects leading to a culminating field study.
  • Classes meet one full Thursday every two-three weeks during the academic year and three weeks each summer (3-4 days per week).

    Our graduates hold top leadership positions in PK-12 schools, higher education, departments of education, and public and private sector agencies throughout the world. We look forward to admitting a new group of dynamic educators to this Ed.D. program.

    Click here for frequently asked questions about the 2009 Ed.D. cohort.
    Click here for our 2009 Ed.D. cohort flyer.

    August 11, 2008

    MESPA Article on Leapfrog Institutes

    The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association recently published an article on Leapfrog Institutes in their latest newsletter, saying in part:

    The Leapfrog Institutes at the University of Minnesota intends to foster a sustainable culture of innovation in our schools. You are invited to participate in discussions on building positive futures for PreK-21 education in the communities served by the Leapfrog Institutes. MESPA is a Collaborating Institution in this incredibly important infusion of creativity and innovation in education.


    Leapfrog Institutes can visit your school and share what Leapfrogging is all about, possibilities for how to address your district or school needs, and how imagination, creativity, and innovation can expand at ridiculously low expense. And these expansions don’t need to occur in the regular school day. They can be extracurricular, involving self-chosen teachers, students, parents, and other members of our education communities!

    Click here to read the entire article.

    May 29, 2008

    Research Project Calculator

    Teachers, we're pleased to share with you the enhanced Research Project Calculator . This tool offers middle and high school students a simple and comprehensive five-step model for navigating the research process. The skills involved in this process will prepare students not only to conduct academic research, but to make life decisions—whether defending a thesis related to the causes of civil war or selecting a new car.

    The Research Project Calculator is a project funded jointly by MINITEX and MnLINK to develop Cool Tools for Minnesota secondary school students and their teachers. It is based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.