Closing the leadership gap: how district and university partnerships shape effective school leaders

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Ideal for creating a positive impact on leadership retention and student achievement, this resource helps close the gap between academic training and day-to-day issues by incorporating collaborative partnerships between university faculty and inservice administrators. Cultivate and sustain effective leadership with these field-tested tools, research-based leadership development strategies, and performance assessment and documentation methods!

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A Change in the Way We Think About Leadership
Using Successful Leadership Practice to Inform Theory
Using Leadership Theory to Inform Practice

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Teresa Miller is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Educational Leadership, serving as a co-liaison for site-based Leadership Academies training prospective principals and teacher leaders. Prior to coming to KSU, she was a public school educator for 28 years, as a teacher of Language Arts, Gifted Education facilitator, and principal at both elementary and secondary levels. As a principal, she received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration, and was actively involved in her district in the planning and development of Professional Development Schools, a university-public school partnership for preparing teachers.

Mary Devin has been an elementary teacher, library media specialist, director of public information, and chief business official. In the last 12 of her 37 years in school administration, she was superintendent of a very diverse, mobile, high poverty district that became one of the highest academic performers in the state. Under her leadership, the district partnered often with a university, implementing academies to prepare administrators and to build teacher leadership capacity. Dr. Devin is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Educational Leadership, and serves as co-liaison for Leadership Academies.

Dr. Robert J. Shoop is a professor of Education Law, senior scholar in the Leadership Studies program at Kansas State University, and the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Professor and the Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Awards.  He has served as a teacher, community education director, school administrator, and as Ohio State Evaluator of Students Rights and Responsibilities.  He is the author or co-author of fifteen books including: Sexual Exploitation of Students: How to Spot it, and Stop It (2003), A Principal's Quick Guide to School Law: Reducing Liability, Law Suits, and Other Potential Legal Tangles (2002), Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students (1996) (co-edited with Dr. Bernice Sandler), How To Stop Sexual Harassment In Our Schools (1994), A Primer For School Risk Management (1993), and School Law for the Principal (1992).            
Dr. Shoop is the co-producer of six educational video programs including: Sexual Harassment: What is it and Why Should We Care?, Sexual Harassment: It's Hurting People, and Preventing Sexual Harassment.  These productions have received national and international recognition including: First Place Award, 1996 National Council of Family Relations Annual Media Competition, 1996 Gold Award of Merit, Houston Film Festival, 1995 Golden Camera Award, International Film and Video Festival.            
Dr. Shoop is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Law Association and has consulted with national associations, community colleges, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, and educational organizations throughout the United States.  He is a frequent guest on national radio and television talk shows including The Today Show with both Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, ABC's 20/20, MSNBC with Lester Holt, CNN, Day and Date, The Jim Bohannon Show, The Oliver North Show, The Mark Furman Show, The Mark Walberg Show, and Outside the Lines with Bob Ley.  He is sought after as a speaker at national conferences and has served as an expert witness in over forty court cases.  He earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.