2021 Conference Speakers
Dr. Scott McLeod
(August 4, 10AM EST)
An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, one of the largest EdCamp events in the United States. Dr. McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2011 he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He has written or edited 3 books and 170 articles and other publications, and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States.
Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership (AIPL) State Initiative
(August 5, 10AM EST)
CCSSO’s Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership (AIPL) State Initiative supports four states—Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio--in implementing plans to advance inclusive principal leadership in policy and practice for students with disabilities and other historically marginalized students. This work is anchored in Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership. This session will focus on work to prepare more inclusive principal leaders in Mississippi and Georgia.
Dr. Jericah Jackson
Morphet Award Winner
(Dissertation of the Year)
Disseration Title: HOW SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS USE TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS DATA TO BUILD TEACHER CAPACITY: AN INTERPRETIVE QUALITATIVE STUDY
Dr. Julia Ballenger, Chair
Dr. Jericah Jackson holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master's degree from Sam Houston State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Recently, Dr. Jackson's dissertation received the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA). Dr. Jackson serves on the following committees: Aldine ISD Design Committee to refine and pilot a new evaluation system to measure and incentivize teacher performance, Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN) Scholars Grading Committee, and the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE) Professional Development Committee. Currently, Dr. Jackson is serving as the founding principal of the Aldine Young Women’s Leadership Academy that will focus on college preparatory academics for girls in Grades 6-12, with an emphasis on STEM, college readiness, responsible leadership, and health & wellness. For more information, copy and paste this URL into a browser. https://www.aldineisd.org/2020/11/18/aldine-isd-announces-launch-of-young-womens-leadership-academy/
Dr. Julia Ballenger
Living Legend 2021
(August 5, 3PM EST)
Julia Warren Ballenger, Ph.D. Professor has been an educator for more than forty years in public and private institutions and a Texas state organization. She served as a teacher, principal, counselor, consultant, central office administrator, and Texas Education Agency as Regional and Program Director. Dr. Ballenger teaches in both the Doctoral and Master’s Program in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Services. She teaches Qualitative Research Methodology, Research Design, Administration of Instructional Practices, Doctoral Professional Writing, and Dissertation Writing. Dr. Ballenger’s research agenda consists of leadership for social justice, democracy, and school improvement, intercultural competency, the efficacy of principal preparation programs, and mentoring female administrators in higher education. Some of Dr. Ballenger awards include 2019-2020 Texas A&M System Regents Professor, Willystine Goodsell Award (2022), Living Legend Award (ICPEL, August 2021), Eminent Faculty Scholar (TABPHE, 2019), Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator (PDK International, 2019), and Phi Delta Kappa Key Service award (TAMUC, 2015)
Dr. Ballenger serves in a variety of editorial roles at the International, National, State levels. She currently serves as co-editor of the Research on Women and Education Book Series, Information Age Publishers. Dr. Ballenger is also one of the editors for the Advancing Women in Leadership Journal (AWL). Also, she serves as a peer reviewer and assistant editor for several professional journals and conferences. Three of the journals are the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, the International Journal of Organizational Innovation, and TCPEA’s School Leadership Review. Two of the conferences are the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the University Council of Professors of Educational Administrators (UCEA). Dr. Ballenger serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE). She served as a former president of the local Commerce chapter of TABPHE. She has served as Co-Chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Research on Women in Education (RWE) (SIG) Executive Board, Membership Chair, Treasurer, and Selma Greenberg dissertation Awards committee for several years, and served as AERA Program Chair of the Action Research SIG and Research on Women and Education SIG.
University, College, and Departmental/Program levels. Dr. Ballenger serves as President of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Mark Rudin, President of A&M University-Commerce, TX, named Dr. Ballenger as one of the A&M University-Commerce Civility Ambassadors and a member of the 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion standing committee. Dr. Ballenger has served as Chair of the Sam Rayburn Student University Director Search committee. She served as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Clinical Teacher Search committee, member of the Vice President for Student Engagement, and on the search committee for the current President. At the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) level, Dr. Ballenger serves as Chair of the COEHS Tenure and Promotion Committee. Also, she served on the COEHS Fall 2020 Symposium Planning Committee. She serves on scholarship and curriculum committees at the department and program levels.
Dr. Ballenger has co-edited nine published books with another book in progress (first author). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Ballenger’s recent co-edited book, entitled: Women of Color in STEM: Navigating the Workforce (2017). This book was co-edited by Ballenger, J., Polnick, B., and Irby, B. J. Two other recent publications, where she was the second editor, are Standards-Based Leadership: A Case Study Book for the Principalship (2015) and Standards-Based Leadership: A Case Study Book for the Superintendent (2016). One other collaborative research project organized by Dr. Beverly Irby, TAMU, resulted in three additional co-edited books. These books are Girls and women of color in STEM: Navigating K-12 schools by Polnick, B. Ballenger, J., Irby, B. J., and Abdelrahman N. (2020); and Women of color in STEM: Journeys in higher education by Abdelrahman, N., Polnick, B. Irby, B. J., and Ballenger J. (2020), and Women of color in STEM: Navigating the double bind in higher education by Irby, B. J., Abdelrahman, N, Polnick, B., and Ballenger J. (2021). Each of these books is part of the B. J. Irby, J. Ballenger, (Series Editor), and J. Koch, (Editor Emerita), Research on Women and Education (RWE) Book Series. Information Age Publishing, Inc.