EPLC Presents Its 2016 Partner Award to the Penn State University College of Education and the University of Pennsylvania Penn Center for Educational Leadership

College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University

The College of Education at Penn State University has been a valuable partner for EPLC for the past eighteen years.  The administrators and faculty of the College have often cooperated to provide opportunities for EPLC to report or discuss key education issues, have generously provided financial support for EPLC programs, and have frequently provided presenters for EPLC policy forums and for the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program.  Many members of the College faculty have successfully completed the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program and continue to serve as enthusiastic ambassadors for the Fellowship Program and all of the work of EPLC.

The mission of the College of Education at Penn State University is to help prepare outstanding educators, scholars, and researchers, and to advance the profession of education, as broadly defined, through research on the science and art of teaching and learning, the application of clinical processes, the effective uses of technology, and the analysis and development of leadership and educational policy.

The College of Education seeks to prepare educational professionals recognized for the quality and significance of their teaching, research, scholarship, service, outreach, and leadership.  The College works to provide widely recognized leadership in the improvement of teaching, learning, and the assessment of educational outcomes across the life span through research, scholarship, and technology.  The College enhances the commitment of faculty, staff, and students to the centrality of diversity, social justice, and democratic citizenship.  It provides leadership in the development of collaborative, professional relationships with schools, organizations, and other institutions focused on the improvement of education in schools, communities, and workplace settings.  The College leadership, faculty and staff work to sustain a caring, supportive climate throughout the College, and to enhance its effective and efficient management.

Penn State University College of Education Dean David H. Monk and Associate Dean of Research, Outreach and Technology Dr. Gregory Kelly pose with EPLC President Ron Cowell after receiving the 2016 EPLC Partner Award

Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Center for Education Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania has supported the work of EPLC for almost two decades in many ways.  This has included hosting many of EPLC’s regional policy forums and leadership programs and either providing a financial contribution or otherwise enabling a very substantial savings.  In addition, Executive Director Dr. John A. DeFlaminis often has served on the Leadership for Change panel for EPLC’s Education Policy Fellowship Program’s and the Center for School Study Council’s Director Dr. Harris Sokoloff has served as a valued EPLC Board Member and advisor since 2004.

The Penn Center for Educational Leadership is the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s catalyst for excellence in leadership in the field of education.  The Center embraces the four leadership strands that define the leadership preparation programs in the Graduate School of Education: organizational, instructional, public, and evidence-based.  It also strives to deliver these in a system which embraces equity and believes in the achievement of all children.

In addressing these strands and emphases, the Center has developed programs that improve instruction, the school, the district, and diversity and delivered them both across the United States and worldwide.  The Center is a program and project-centered resource which strives to prepare leaders to address the complex issues of today consistent with research and best practices.

Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for School Study Councils Dr. Harris Sokoloff and Penn Center for Educational Leadership Executive Director Dr. John A. DeFlaminis and pose with EPLC President Ron Cowell after receiving the 2016 EPLC Partner Award

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