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Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:39pm
Ryan Patti, doctoral student in Educational Leadership K-12 Leadership, was named Ohio's 2018/2019 Assistant Principal of the year by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 5:27pm
June 7-16, 2019 Kent State University Center Florence, Italy
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 8:09pm
How do you change your little corner of the world? A free conference for K-12 students and families, teachers, school leaders, board members, and community members Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018Registration: Pre-Registration Required.  Visit the...
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 3:31pm
Dr. Rosemary Gornik, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership K-12 is the co-editor of and a contributor to Creating a Culture of Support for Teacher Leaders: A Vision for Change and Hope (Rowman & Littlefield, February 2018).  Through the concise study-and-practice guid...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:58pm
The Educational Leadership K-12 program reconvened its Advisory Board at an October 20 meeting at the Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson.  Dr.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:16pm
Dr. Rosemary Gornik, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership K-12, has written about Kent State's research partnership on teacher leadership with the Ohio Department of Education.  Dr. Gornik's article, Creating a Culture of Support for Teacher Leaders, appears in the Fall...
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 1:24pm
Community members, educators, and students are invited to Can you hear me?, the 2017 Leading for Social Justice Exhibit
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 2:30pm
Dr. Mandy Cenker– Alumni Profile
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:56pm
More than 80 school leaders, teachers, staff, families, learners, board members and community members attended the Aspiring School Leaders Regional Education Conference on May 1st at the Cuyahoga County Education Service Center.  Centered around the theme of Picture This: Doing W...

EDLE News Archives

May 22, 2017 Students Create Professional Websites

Homepage of student websiteStudents in EDAD 6/76492 Internship in Educational Administration with Christa Boske created professional websites highlighting their vision and mission as school leaders, resume, inquiry-based projects, publications, presentations, and other significant contributions each of them have made to the field of educational leadership.  Visit the students’ websites below to explore their work.  Some sites require Kent State log-in to view.

Joel A. Besancon, Ali Clark, Lydia Friedman, Madison Lawson, Nadine McCluskey, Ricky Neff, Roseanna Perry, Omar R. Santiago, Meghan Schauer, Autumn Shepherd,  Carol Sparber,  Kristin Stambaugh, Jenae Stephens,  Bobi Thompson, and Kyrstn K. Was

April 28, 2017 EDAD Networking Social a Success

Current and prospective students mingled with faculty, alumni (from as far back as 1993!), and EHHS administrators at the inaugural EDAD Networking Social on Tuesday, April 18.  Dr. Rosemary Gornik, EDAD Program Coordinator, welcomed a group of over 25 people to gather in the Instructional Resource Center for the event.

Students, faculty and staff gather at EDAD social

 "The goal of the social was to provide an opportunity for all of us to build relationships that foster the learning and growth of our students,” Gornik said.  “Most of our students are part-time and it is important for them to feel connected to the college, beyond their classes." 

Christa Boske, Associate Professor of PreK-12 Educational Administration, was among the faculty attending the social, along with students from her Tuesday evening courses.  Other faculty in attendance included Dr. Mandy Cenker, Dr. Christine Fishman, 5th grade teacher at Chagrin Falls School District, Dr. Merritt Waters, Lakewood City School elementary principal. 

According to Dr. Cenker, “the social was a great way for prospective students and faculty to connect with current students and program alum. I had a wonderful time and look forward to attending next year’s social”.  The networking social was a success and Dr. Gornik indicated that it will become an annual event each spring.  


Attendees enjoying conversation and dinner at April social

April 4, 2017 Picture This: Doing What's Best for Children


Monday, May 1, 2017, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Education Service Center - Cuyahoga County
6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, OH 44131

School leaders, teachers, staff, families, learners, board members and community members are welcome to attend this free event.

Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be served by K-12 school clubs.

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 - 9:55 a.m. Three Sessions Offered:

  • Improving Family-Community Relations
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Supporting Teacher Performance

10:00 - 10:55 a.m. Three Sessions Offered:

  • Meeting the Social/Emotional Needs of Your School Community
  • Authentic School Reform
  • Unpacking Culture in K-12 Schools

11:00 - 11:55 a.m. Networking Session/Lunch

12:00 - 12:55 p.m. Three Sessions Offered:

  • Promoting Personalized Learning
  • The Power of Home Visits
  • Neoliberalism 101 for K-12 U.S. Schools

1:00 - 1:55 p.m. Three Sessions Offered:

  • Meeting the Needs of Learners who Identify English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • The Power of Thinking Outside the Box to Meet the Diverse Needs of School Communities
  • Global Learners

2:00-2:30 p.m. Evaluations, Door Prize Raffle and Wrap-up


Register now!


March 16, 2017 EDAD Faculty Maximize Learning in the Online Environment

Dr. Kimberly Schimmel, Director of the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration, was on hand on the evening of February 22 to welcome and thank twelve part-time instructors from the Educational Administration Program for the valuable work they do.  The instructors were participating in a two-hour professional learning workshop on how to maximize learning in the online environment.  Given that all courses in the EDAD program are either offered in the “blended” or 100% online format, it is necessary to continue to build capacity in part-time program faculty to ensure quality instruction and a quality experience for students in the program.  The workshop drew on the expertise of Dr. Bethany Simunich, Director, Online Pedagogy and Research - Kent State Online, Office of Continuing & Distance Education who was the instructor for the evening's program.  Dr. Rosemary Gornik, EDAD Program Coordinator, initiated this professional learning to ensure that program faculty, both full and part-time, are fully equipped to provide superior learning experiences for our students online and face-to-face.  Dr. Gornik commented that, "Bethany is a fabulous teacher and had our instructors feeling fortified with new design and technological skills to fully engage students in the online environment".  

March 16, 2017 Grant Funds Teachers to Complete Leader Endorsement Program

In the spring of 2015, Dr. Rosemary Gornik, Assistant Professor in Educational Administration, and Director of Professional Development and Outreach was awarded $450,000 from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to conduct research on how school districts can build an infrastructure to support teacher leadership.  Partners in this research initiative are the Aurora City School District and the Maple Heights City School District.  This work aligns perfectly with Dr. Gornik’s research interests, which began in 1995 while investigating teacher leadership as part of her doctoral studies here at Kent State University.

One of the qualifications for teachers in Ohio to obtain the Lead Professional Educator License is to earn a Teacher Leadership Endorsement. Dr. Gornik explained that Ohio teachers are not pursuing this endorsement at a desired rate, and asserts that the hierarchical structures in Ohio’s education system do not support the distributed leadership required to tap this latent leadership potential. She believes that successful and effective teacher leadership requires changing the culture of schools so that teachers are accepted as leaders among their peers and that old norms of teachers working in isolation are replaced with new norms of collaboration and teamwork. 

“There is a whole level of human resource that is being untapped,” Dr. Gornik said.  “There is a sleeping giant of teacher leadership…educators who have incredible leadership skills, but do not want to leave the classroom—they want to lead from the front of the classroom.”  Dr. Gornik has first-hand knowledge of this reality.  She retired from the superintendency in 2013, after serving as a school leader in the K-12 public schools for 28 years. 

This is where Dr. Gornik’s award and future research comes in. Part of the award money is being used to pay graduate tuition for 40 teachers Aurora and Maple Heights to complete the Kent State Teacher Leader Endorsement Program (TLEP).  The grant activities will end in the spring of 2018.  Dr. Gornik and her team hope to influence leadership policy at the state level ultimately opening doors for teacher leaders to lead from the front of the classroom, while guiding students on their own journey of understanding. 

“The Kent State TLEP is very different than other endorsement curricula around the state,” Gornik said. “What distinguishes ours is that we prepare teachers to learn a kind of leadership that is more transformative than for the sole purpose of meeting accountability mandates.”   The goal is to “raise student achievement by preparing visionary, collaborative educational leaders with a strong commitment to professional integrity,” she said. To achieve this goal, the program introduces experienced teachers to lead-learning study that advances sophisticated curriculum and teaching problem-solving designed to uniquely prepare students for the rigors of life in a society with democratic ideals. “High scores on a standardized test is not the best or only measure of a quality education.” Gornik said. 

February 21, 2017 Leading for Social Justice Art Exhibits

Leading for Social Justice ExhibitChrista Boske, Associate Professor of PreK-12 Educational Administration, recently curated exhibits at both the Akron Art Museum in December and at the Cleveland Museum of Art in January.  Collaborators on the exhibits included Kent State University graduate students enrolled in Boske’s EDAD 6/76529 Leading for Social Justice course.  The Building Bridges, Not Walls exhibits explored the intersections of race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, immigration, gender, learning differences, gentrification, native language, geographic location, immigration, unconstitutional school funding, and other social justice issues facing K-12 schools in the United States through artmaking. 

Since 2010, the Leading for Social Justice Art Exhibits have captivated audiences with their thought-provoking artmaking, reaching thousands of attendees for these one-night events. The purpose of the artmaking is to promote meaningful social change in P-12 school communities by bringing together a myriad of artists ranging from children, educators, community organizations, and community artist mentors to address prevailing struggles and inequities facing P-12 U.S. public schools.  The exhibits continue to be the only communal art exhibits of their kind, which include authentic collaborations among aspiring school leaders, teachers, P-12 children, nonprofit organizations, and community artists.



View more information about the Cleveland exhibit.

View more information about the Akron exhibit. 


Fundamentals of Educational Administration: Fall 2015
King Kennedy Center: Fall 2015
Leading for Social Justice: Fall 2015
Christa Boske at Barnes & Noble: December 2015