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SOE Leadership Advisory Council Special Issue

March 7, 2014 – -

SOE Leadership Advisory Council

The School of Education Hosts the VT-SOE Leadership Advisory Council

On February 28, 2014 Virginia Tech's School of Education Leadership Advisory Council convened at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The School of Education hosts this event to discourse about various topics in education. Leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia participated in a dynamic interchange regarding how Virginia Tech and its School of Education and Educational Leadership pro¬gram can better serve schools, current education leaders, and future education leaders throughout Virginia and beyond. Over 45 leaders constitute the new Council, 25 of whom are division superintendents. In attendance were 30 of the Council members, many of whom are Virginia Tech alumni, including special guests.

Go Hokies!
Carol A. Mullen, Director, School of Education; Associate Dean for Professional Education of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

About the School of Education Leadership Advisory Council

03_07_2014_1 Back Row (left to right): John King, Lee Brannon, Stanley Jones, John Gratto, Anne Curran, Kevin Chalfant, Alan Seibert, Cecil Snead, William Sroufe, Ted Price Front Row (L -R): Angela Mills, Nancy Moga, Patricia Brown, Lillie Jesse, Carol Mullen, Michele Seibert, Amy Griffin, Carol Cash, Michaelene Meyer, Rebecca Gates

The newly reorganized School of Education Leadership Advisory council has membership that represents Superintendents, alumni, Faculty, and other contributing members of the educational leadership community. The purpose of this group is to work with the School of Education and the Educational Leadership Program in identifying ways that the university is and can continue to be the "go-to" for divisions and communities in the commonwealth. The first meeting of this reconstituted body was held on Friday, February 28, at the Inn at Virginia Tech. During the meeting, members were provided updated information about STEM and Educational Leadership activities. They reviewed and made recommendations regarding how the School of Education might take a proactive role in educational improvement throughout the commonwealth and be a contributor to program improvement in the school divisions in Virginia. They also reviewed the internship activities associated with VTs Masters and Educational Specialist degrees that lead to administrative licensure, providing valuable input as the faculty updates its program, through continuous improvement. Finally, ideas for effective programs, partnerships, and services were identified, so that educational leadership continues to be current and relevant in the commonwealth.
~Dr. Carol Cash, Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Leader, Educational Leadership

Dr. Alan Seibert

Dr. Seibert is superintendent for the Salem City Schools. In 2012 he was named Region VI Superintendent of the Year. He earned his Bachelor's and Doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech. He is President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and has served the Southwest Virginia education community for over 20 years. He has been a supporter of and participant in the SOE Leadership Advisory Council for many years.


Dr. Stanley Jones

"I completed my advanced degree through the SOE and I am indebted to VT for providing me with a wonderful educational experience. In my opinion, I am well prepared to serve in my role due in large part do what I learned through the VT." (Dr. Stanley Jones)

Superintendent for King and Queen County Public Schools, Dr. Jones obtained his Bachelor's degree from Radford University and Doctorate at Virginia Tech. Here are some of his thoughts on the importance of the VT SOE Leadership Advisory Council.

"It is critical that the SOE's efforts to prepare teachers, school leaders, and school personnel for their important work are aligned with the needs of schools everywhere. The Council provides an opportunity for participants to ensure that there is open dialogue about how schools are transforming and changing. The need to connect directly to the SOE and its effort to prepare its students for careers in education can be accomplished best by providing practitioners with the opportunity to share their needs, insights, and ideas about the profession. As an example, the discussion about personalization and problem based learning are "cutting edge issues and needs for school leaders as practitioners and SOE staff as the leaders of learning." (Dr. Stanley Jones)

From the Director
Dr. Carol Mullen

My vision is for VT's School of Education to be the ambassadors or "go-to" for the leaders in the region, state, and nation. The Council members will feed their ideas and suggestions to the higher education faculty and share what types of programming and initiatives we can offer that will help them and their schools. Building reciprocity for the purpose of improving school-communities, fulfilling the hiring needs of districts with respect to well-prepared aspiring leaders and educators, and building capacity for all children and youth in the nation is essential. Children and youth who are struggling with poverty can face dire consequences with respect to their well-being, which is not only about family income but also social relationships and other indicators of well-being. The SOE Leadership Advisory Council will build capacity for improving schools that include high-poverty rural schools by preparing leaders and educators for the great challenges of the nation. In the past, there was a separate board for the division superintendents and Virginia Tech alumni. The newly formed board gives a voice to stakeholders who are reaching across our respective platforms and roles, leading alongside other learning-oriented leaders. This flattened hierarchy model will allow for more voices to be heard in the planning of the school and work in the Commonwealth. In this vein, the newly formed Council is being supported by a changing structure within the School of Education and within the University itself, with new leadership occurring at many levels. It the meeting we covered these topics as well: integrative STEM education, glocal (global and local, combined) leadership, outreach advocacy through remote campuses, and other SOE-VT based initiatives. Go Hokies!

Carol Mullen, Director, School of Education; Associate Dean for Professional Education, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

From the Editor
David Brod

As a member of the Advisory Planning Committee I attended the Advisory Council Meeting launch. As a first-year doctoral student in Higher Education I was eager to see what a leadership meeting like this would entail. I was not disappointed. Every member is a long-established leader who exhibited insight into current issues facing secondary education. They all articulated the impactful role VT's Educational Leadership program on their districts or communities. Everyone was truly passionate about the future prospects of leaders, educators, and students, as well as eager to share ideas about how to solve problems in their districts and outside the Commonwealth; It was an amazing learning experience, and I value being part of it.

David Brod, Doctoral Student, Higher Education

Planning Committee and Special Guests
Planning Committee (pictured right)

Carol Mullen and Carol Cash (co-chairs), Ted Price, John Gratto

Logistics Support (not pictured): Dave rod, graduate assistant, Paulette Gardner, administrative staff support

Special Guests:

Joan Hirt, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and Professor in Higher Education, welcomed the newly formed Council. She described her roles with the SOE and the Virginia Tech community. She shared her excitement about the newly formed Council.

Sue Magliaro, VT STEM Director, did a talk titled "Advancing STEM initiatives—Learning from the field (you!)." She shared various initiatives that include the Virginia Science Festival at Tech and in Roanoke and the VISTA Program. She asked how can we advance high quality STEM learning and how can we bring visibility to what we are doing in SW VA. She shared that we are trying to find out how to sustain these types of innovations, and that we want to learn what is being done in schools so we can support the innovations of the Council members.

SOE Slogan Contest!!!

What makes the School of Education shine? What does the SOE mean to you?

Here are two terrific, short slogans from other schools:
Be greater. Be a Gator. (University of Florida)
Great place (Virginia Commonwealth University)

The winner will submit a short slogan of a few words that best defines/reflects/captures the essence and hope of the SOE. The submission deadline is March 14th, 2014 by 5pm. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate. Submissions should be emailed directly to Dave Brod The winner will have their slogan and name engraved on a plaque hung in the SOE main offices and a feature in an upcoming Newsworthy News Story.

Kappa Delta Pi

Our own VT-SOE Kappa Delta Pi chapter has been established ~ Submit your interest application!

Kappa Delta Pi the International Honor Society in Education

Students, submit your interest application no later than 11:59pm Friday, March 14th. Your responses will be reviewed by the Virginia Tech KDP Executive Committee. Approved applicants will be invited to join Kappa Delta Pi and they will be formally inducted at the SOE Spring 2014 ceremony.

Just fill out the brief survey at this web link.

Call for Proposal Submissions for Funding Consideration

The SOE Director's Moss Faculty Development Grant (In collaboration with SOE and ICAT)

Proposals due March 14th, 2014 (by 5pm) to Beth Lawton:
Funding amount: up to $1,000
Submit electronically to the SOE Election and Awards Coordinators (EAC) (in accordance with the 2011 SOE Principles of Governance)

Proposal: Submit a one-page, single-spaced statement about unfunded research you are doing or plan to do that fits the scope of the foundation criteria.

On page 2 of the file include the timeline for your research, a very short budget (e.g., travel, meals, equipment, materials) with up to two sentences justifying each item, and all of your contact information. Please do not include any payroll line items such as wages since Foundation resources cannot be directly charged for this type of expense; (The email message should include one attached Word file, no additional files.)

Scope of foundation criteria: Describe what you are doing with respect to professional development activities in your work with ICAT, or not involving ICAT, regarding professional development activities whereby, either way, the focus is on your work in the areas of arts/creativity and professional development.

Subject line for e-submission: Submission for SOE Director's Moss Faculty Development Grant