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Educational, Policy, Planning and Leadership (EPPL) Faculty News

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Dr. Michael DiPaolaDr. Michael DiPaola, Chancellor Professor of Education, co-edited Studies in School Improvement (2009) with W. K. Hoy. This volume is eighth in a series dedicated to advancing our understanding of schools through empirical study and theoretical analysis. Professor DiPaola collaborated with Dr. Misty Kirby, an EPPL graduate, in contributing a chapter to this volume entitled "Academic Optimism and Achievement: A Path Analysis". Professors DiPaola and Hoy are currently working on the next volume in this series, due for publication in early 2010.

Since August, Dr. DiPaola has been working with administrators and teachers of 15 low-performing middle schools under a SHEV grant. Their work is focused on collecting and using teacher performance data collected in classrooms to help teachers reflect on their practice and plan to improve instruction. They are using the conceptual framework and data collecting tools from his text, Principals Improving Instruction: Supervision, Evaluation, and Professional Development (2008). Professor DiPaola recently conducted a two-day workshop with principals and delivered a keynote address in Coimbra, Portugal. His work there focused on research-based practices of instructional leadership. 

Dr. DiPaola collaborated with Dr. Stephanie Guy and Dr. Charles Wagner, both EPPL program graduates, in two writing projects. One paper is in press in The Journal of School Leadership, the other in final journal review.

Dr. Pamela Eddy, Associate Professor

This fall, Eddy has published two peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, and an invited chapter. In addition, she has presented two research papers and a round table paper at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and delivered two invited presentations. 

Peer reviewed article:

Eddy, P. L., & Rao, M. S. (2009). Leadership development in higher education programs. [Editor's Choice]. Community College Enterprise, 15(2), 7-26.

Hinck, S. S., Garza Mitchell, R., Williamson, P., Eddy, P. L., & Bechtold, B. (2009). Reflection and research: Forming the perfect FIT. Teaching & Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice, 23(3), 120-133.

Book chapters:

Eddy, P. L. (2009). Leading gracefully: Gendered leadership at community colleges. In D. R. Dean, S. J. Bracken, & J. K. Allen (Eds.), Women in academic leadership: Professional strategies, personal choices: Vol. 2. Women in academe. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Eddy, P. L. (2009). Changing of the guard in community colleges: The role of leadership development. In A. Kezar (Ed.), Rethinking leadership in a complex, multicultural, and global environment: New concepts and models for higher education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press.

Conference presentations:

Eddy, P. L. (2009, November). Transforming a system: The role of funded research partnerships in Ireland. Peer reviewed symposium for the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Eddy, P. L., & Moynihan, A. (2009, November). Finding the ideal faculty: Intersections of academic identity and institutional expectations. Peer reviewed research paper for the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Garza Mitchell, R., Eddy, P. L., & Bechtold, B. (2009, November). Research collaborations: Reflection and the creation of thought communities. Peer reviewed round table for the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Invited presentations:

Eddy, P. L. (2009, November).  Celebrating the mentor and mentee relationship.  Invited panelist for Presidential Session at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, CA.

Eddy, P. L. (2009, September). Global education: Views from both sides of the pond. Invited plenary session at the Lilly North Conference, Traverse City, MI.

Invited publication:

Eddy, P. L. (2009). The accidental chair: Leading at the community college. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.

Dr. Christopher GareisDr. Christopher Gareis, Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Dr. Gareis received the Charles Clear Research Award, 2009.  The award was given in recognition of sustained contributions in educational research and evaluation in Virginia by the Virginia Educational Research Association in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Gareis was recently appointed to the National Student Evaluation Standards Task Force as an invited member of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.

Presentations include (bold names identify current students or W&M alumni):

Gareis, C. R.,  Jones, T., & Underwood, M.  (2009, December).  Constructing effective and meaningful assessment for the classroom.  Presented at the annual conference of the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Williamsburg, VA.

Gareis, C. R.,  Holler, E., Martin, J., Clouser, A., Miller, S., & Grant, L.  (2009, November).  Well-constructed assessments: Giving you the information you need to make decisions about and for student learning.  Presented at the annual conference of the National Middle School Association (NMSA), Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Judith HarrisDr. Judi Harris, Professor and Pavey Family Chair in Educational Technology, and Dr. Mark Hofer, Dorman Family Term Distinguished Associate Professor, are continuing to develop and test their curriculum-based technology integration strategy for and with K-12 teachers in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Alberta (Canada) in 2009-2010. This approach focuses upon integrating educational technologies during instructional planning, using comprehensive taxonomies of learning activity types supported by selected digital tools and resources. The approach is based in the emerging literature on technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK or TPACK). To date, Drs. Harris and Hofer have developed and are testing six learning activity types taxonomies (in elementary literacy, mathematics, science, secondary English/language arts, social studies, and world languages), collaborating with five other educational technology researchers from Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, University of Nebraska, and University of South Florida. The taxonomies can be found online at: In summer 2010, Judi & Mark will be working with more collaborators to develop learning activity types taxonomies in ESL/EAL instruction, physical education, and visual, musical, and performing arts. In 2009-2010, at least 16 articles and chapters on this work will appear in research and practitioner journals and books. In addition, the "activity types approach" to technology integration will be the focus of at least 12 conference presentations and 12 workshops locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally, including the second and third installments of a three-part workshop for SoE faculty in fall 2009.

Dr. Megan Tschannen-MoranDr. Megan Tschannen-Moran, Wakefield Distinguished Associate Professor, served as guest editor of a special issue of Educational Administration Quarterly devoted to research on trust in schools in the spring of 2009. This issue has received a great deal of attention, with all of the articles appearing in the top 25 most read articles on the EAQ web site. Her article, Fostering teacher professionalism: The role of professional orientation and trust, was the Number 2 most read articles for several weeks this fall. Dr. Tschannen-Moran co-authored an article with Dr. Peggy McMaster on "Self-Efficacy: Four Professional Development Formats and Their Relationship to Self-Efficacy and Implementation of a New Teaching Strategy" due out later this month in The Elementary School Journal. And Dr. Tschannen-Moran published a follow-up study examining the role of school facilities on school climate in the Journal of Educational Administration with co-authors Dr. Cynthia Uline and Dr. T. DeVere Wolsey. Dr. Tschannen-Moran was a keynote speaker at the National Urban School Transformation conference in May, and presented at the East Asia Regional

Council of Overseas Schools conference in Manila in the Philippines this fall.  Her forthcoming book, Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time, co-authored with her husband Bob Tschannen-Moran, is due to be released by Jossey-Bass in June.

Patricia A. Popp, State Coordinator Project HOPE-VA, Clinical Associate Professor

Presentations and workshops

School of Education Popp, P. A. (2009, October 19). Reaching and serving children and youth experiencing homelessness during this economic downturn. Professional development workshop for Frederick County Public Schools. Winchester, VA.

Popp, P. A., & Bowman, D. (2009, October 27). Working together works: Serving children with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Concurrent session at the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition and Florida Coalition for the Homeless 34d annual Statewide Conference. Clearwater, FL.

Bowman, D., & Popp, P. A. (2009, October 27). Applying the Law: Discussion of challenging scenarios for McKinney-Vento Local Homeless Liaisons. Concurrent session at the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition and Florida Coalition for the Homeless 34d annual Statewide Conference. Clearwater, FL.

Popp, P.A., et al. (2009, November 4). Panelist: Homeless Children and Families. St. Joseph's Villa Transition Summit. Richmond, VA.

Popp, P. A., & Anderson, F. (2009, November 14).  Effective teaching: Teaching strategies that work for students experiencing homelessness. Preconference workshop at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

(2009, November 15) Panelist: NCLB Listening and Learning Tour: A conversation about Education Reform. Hosted at National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Popp, P.A., & McNaught, K. (2009, November 15). Working together works! Serving children with disabilities who are homeless or in out of home care. Concurrent session at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Popp, P. A. (2009, November 16). Working together works! Homeless education and special education as partners. Concurrent session at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Artiles, A., Gutiérrez, K. D.,  Moening, J. & Popp, P. A. (2009, November 20). Educating diverse learners. ED Stakeholders Forum on ESEA reauthorization. Washington, DC.


Popp, P. A., & Stronge, J.H. (2009). Children and youth experiencing high mobility and homelessness. White paper for the SocioDesign Foundation Architect Competition.