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School of Education Speaker Series

Friday, 03 May, 2019

The School of Education’s Speaker Series will present a talk by Liz Stosich, Ed.D., of Fordham University, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3, in Room 254, Busch Student Center.

Stosich is an assistant professor at Fordham University. She is a faculty member in the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Division. Stosich draws on perspectives in education, organizational theory, and sociology to understand how organizational and social contexts influence the relationship between policy and the practice of leaders and teachers in public schools. She aims to identify how state, district, school and teacher leaders can improve the equity and quality of educational opportunities for all students, with particular attention to historically underserved children.

Her talk is "Leaders Respond to Standards-based Accountability Policies: Crafting Coherence Between the Common Core and Teacher Evaluation."

Her research interests include education policy, assessment and accountability, school and district leadership, school improvement and teachers’ professional learning. She uses interview, observational, case-study and survey methods.

Lecture Abstract: Stosich will describe two recent studies she conducted to explore how leaders respond to multiple standards-based accountability policies--the Common Core and teacher evaluation--and the implications of their efforts for improving the quality ofinstruction and student learning. The first study uses a comparative case study approach to understand how principals and teachers in three high-poverty urbanschools respond to policy. The second study uses social network analysis to examine the development of district- and school-level leaders' communication networks related to the Common Core and teacher evaluation over three years and explores the relationship between administrators' policy beliefs and their communication behaviors. Findings from both studies suggest that the introduction of new policies may detract from rather than reinforce attention to academic standards.

Lunch will precede the talk.

The series is co-sponsored by the School of Education and Office of the Vice President for Research.

RSVP by Tuesday, April 30, by clicking here.