Educational Leaders for Equity and Excellence
SJSU Ed Leadership MA/Tier I Program
2009–2011 Cohorts

New Home Page for Post-Graduation Website!

August 25, 2011:   Now that we’ve completed the program, and many of you have expressed interest in seeing this website not go away, I am pledgin to do the following:

  • Renew the domain for around 8 more years
  • Post on this home page an indexed sort of “Table of Contents” in which I will link from here to most of the topics and resources we covered during the two years.
  • The rest of the site will remain as it is—except I have removed the “Collaboration” tools, the Wiki and Discussion Forum, since no one ever seemed to use them anyway…

So, stay tuned for the nifty new index/Table of Contents… coming as soon as I can get to it…

News! (from 2010–2011 School Year)

“Improving Student Performance: The Time is Now!”  ~   The Annual Conference of NASSP:
The National Association of Secondary School Principals

Thursday–Sunday, February 24–27, 2011  ~  UC Davis Conference Center

Develop strategies for building leadership capacity, enhancing school culture, and improving student performance. The conference is ideal for principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and superintendents and district leaders to:

  • Learn from renowned speakers, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch, and Bill Daggett
  • Hear firsthand how a diverse group of schools are achieving success in the Breaking Ranks School Showcase
  • Connect with educators who are facing similar challenges through strands targeted to middle level, assistant principals, urban issues, and technology
  • Work with facilitators to develop a specific work plan to take back to your school or district
  • Discover new products and services from NASSP exhibitors who offer tailored solutions for your school challenges.

Complete conference information at

“Connecting Education Leaders and Researchers on Promising Practices for Improving Latino Achievement”  ~   The Second Research to Practice Conclave, CALSA—The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators

Friday, October 15, 2010  ~  UC Davis Conference Center

CALSA is holding this conference at a time when the goal of an effective education for Latino students—including Latino English learners (ELs) is more critical than ever to their future and to California’s social and economic health. The conclave will focus on this crucial issue and provide participants with information on how to help achieve this goal by:

  • Highlighting research-validated promising practices and strategies to raise Latino/a student achievement,
  • Exploring how these practices and strategies can be integrated into schools and classrooms, and
  • Fostering communication and relationships between school district leaders and researchers to facilitate the use of research to improve Latino student achievement.

Three Special Sessions by Nationally Recognized Researchers! In these three separate special sessions, the following nationally recognized researchers will discuss their work and their views regarding important directions for Latino and English learner education:

Dr. Claude Goldenberg (Stanford)
Dr. Russell Rumberger (UCSB)
Dr. Chris Faltis (UCD)

Read the flyer (229 KB Adobe Reader icon), or to register and find more information, vist

Moving Toward Graduation!

Assuming you have all successfully completed and submitted your Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy, then you should have received an email with the following instructions:

We are pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to candidacy for the Master’s degree. A copy of your program will be sent to you via mail.

In order to successfully graduate, you will need to complete and pass ALL courses listed on your candidacy. If substitutions need to be made in the courses listed on the program, they must be requested by your graduate adviser and approved by this office. The following guidelines must be followed in order to graduate:

  1. You must submit an application for Award of Degree when you are ready to graduate. Applications for Award of Degree will NOT be accepted after the deadline. Please visit our website at to see the exact deadlines for graduation. Forms should be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations Office. (Actually, the email had the wrong URL; this is the correct one.)
  2. All courses on the approved program must be completed with grades of A, B, C, or Credit. We must receive verification of the culminating experience from your department prior to award of the degree.
  3. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required in those courses used on your approved program and in all SJSU courses eligible for graduate credit (all 100- and 200-level completed as a matriculated graduate student).
  4. Course work (including transfer courses) which become seven years old prior to the completion of your degree are no longer valid for use on the Master’s program.

You have taken an important step toward your graduation and we are very proud of your accomplishments. If our office can assist you in any way in your efforts to reach your goal, please feel free to contact (408) 924-2480 or e-mail at

Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations

The next key date to remember for May 2011 graduations is February 14, 2011: Submit Application for Award of Master’s Degree

Saturday Class: September 18, 2010

Just for fun…

A new name for detention

SJSU 2010–2011 Calendar

  • Find the SJSU 2010–2011 academic year calendar at
  • A few key dates:
    • Fall Semester:
      • Monday, August 23:  Fall semester begins
      • Thursday, December 9:  Last day of instruction
      • Monday–Friday, December 13–17:  Final exams week
      • Wednesday, December 22:  Grades due from faculty—End of fall semester
    • Winter–Spring Semester
      • Tuesday, January 25:  Spring semester begins
      • Tuesday, May 17:  Last day of instruction
      • Thursday–Wednesday, May 19–25:  Final exams week
      • Tuesday, May 21:  Grades due from faculty—End of spring semester

Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch and others speak at “Bridging Differences: What Works in Schools,”

May 4, 2010  ~  Washington, DC  ~  Sponsored by the Forum for Education and Democracy

The Forum for Education and Democracy

The Forum for Education and Democracy sponsored a one day “briefing” that explored “how federal policies can help or hinder the development of public schools that best prepare students for work, college, citizenship, and life.” Speakers were:

  • Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education,
    New York University
  • Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar & Adjunct Professor, New York University
  • James Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center & Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine
  • Doug Anthony, Director of School Leadership, Prince George's County Public Schools
  • Moderated by Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions

The web page for the event is at, and states, “The ultimate purpose of learning is to teach children how to use their minds well. There are public schools across the country that are effective at helping students to develop fully their capacity to learn and think critically. What are the federal policies and pedagogical approaches that best support these schools? Which policy assumptions undermine effective learning in our schools? How can the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act rise above No Child Left Behind’s focus on preparing students for standardized tests?”

They have posted the presentations by Dr. James Comer, Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch, and Doug Anthony on Vimeo. Check these out!

More information on the speakers (3 page 316 KB Acrobat icon)

And of course they have a Facebook page.

Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier tell it like it is, at a blog they jointly write, called “Bridging Differences” and available at

Deborah Meier, educator, author

Deborah Meier coming to Salinas! Monday May 17, 6:00 pm Salinas, CA

“Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity”

Deborah Meier, educator and author, will be speaking on Monday, May 17, 6:00 pm at the Oasis Charter Public School, 1135 Westridge Parkway, Salinas, CA. This event is free and open to the public.

Meier has worked more than four decades in public education as a teacher, writer and public advocate. She founded and served as teacher-director of several innovative public schools that serve predominantly low-income African-American and Latino students. The schools are considered exemplars of reform nationally. In 1987, Meier received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Her books include: The Power of Their Ideas (1995), In Schools We Trust (2002), Keeping School, with Ted and Nancy Sizer (2004) and Many Children Left Behind (2004).

Lindstrom Scholarship for Educational Leadership: Spring 2010

Application Deadline: May 3!

The Phyllis Hendry Lindstrom Scholarship for Educational Leadership has been established to encourage men and women to become public school administrators. Dr. Phyllis Hendry Lindstrom was a valued faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership who passed away in 2005. Prior to coming to San Jose State, Dr. Lindstrom worked for many years as an educational leader in Santa Clara County.

For this scholarship, candidates must be pursuing a post baccalaureate degree and/or credential in Educational Administration. Review of the scholarship applications will be conducted by Educational Leadership faculty with participation from the Lindstrom family. For the Spring 2010, an award of $500.00 will be made to each of four recipients who are in the first year of the Master’s program in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University.

Purpose: The scholarship will defray academic costs (tuition and books) incurred during a program in the Preliminary or Professional Administrative Services Credential and/or the Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Administration.

Read the printable flier and/or apply online (you need to create an account and login).

Blueprint for Reform: the Obama-Duncan plan regarding the Reauthorization of ESEA

Dr. Reis encourages everyone to take a look at the US Dep’t. of Ed. Blueprint for Reform (2.3 MB Adobe Reader icon, 45 pages, already posted above, under last week’s homework), the Obama-Duncan plan regarding the Reauthorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act… aka No Child Left Behind). See also the NEA (National Education Association, or the AFT (American Federation of Teachers, web pages about ESEA. SJSU Educational Leadership will organize a “brown bag lunch” event for students and faculty to discuss ESEA and the “blueprint” soon. (Full disclosure: Dr. Reis recommended the NEA website; I have added AFT for “equal representation” of the two major national teacher unions.)

Tim Wise speaks on “Privilege” Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Anti-Racist writer and educator Tim Wise ( will lecture on “Privilege” – Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 12 noon – 1 pm in the Dr. MLK Jr., Library. (The event is not listed on the library website, but they do list 9 holdings by Tim Wise.)

Saturday All-Cohorts Session: February 6, 2010

General Session: “Collaboration: Been There; Wrecked That” – Dr. George Manthey, EdD, ACSA

Breakout Session: Student Performance Display, Analysis and Action: Assessment Walls – Margaret Bonanno

Breakout Session: Digital-Age Leadership – Dr. Stephen Kay, SJSU

Breakout Session: Teaching the Whole Child: The Role of the Arts – Lilia Aguero, Snata Clara COE

Breakout Session: Leadership in Professional Learning Communities – Professor Pat Stelwagon, SJSU

Guest Speaker-Scholar: Tara Yosso – January 29 & 30, 2010

Tara Yosso, UCSB Associate Professor of Chicano Studies

Associate Professor of Chicano Studies at UCSB Tara Yosso will discuss Critical Race Theory and Latino Critical Theory at a SJSU Faculty Colloquium on Friday January 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. Ed Leadership students are invited to attend! The Colloquium will take place in Sweeney Hall room 331. (Read her Curriuculum Vitae.)

Professor Yosso will also be presenting to the Ed Leadership Year Two Students at their General Session on Saturday January 30, 8:30–10:00 am. Year One students (that’s us) are invited and encouraged to attend as well!

Welcome to the website of the ~150 educators enrolled in the Educational Leaderhsip program at San Jose State University, 2009–2011 cohorts. We are working toward a Masters in Educational Leadership and our Preliminary Tier I Administrative credential. This is a 2-year program; we began last fall, August 2009, and are scheduled to complete our coursework, fieldwork and Master’s Research Project by May 2011.

The purpose of this website is to provide a single location for us to find helpful information and resources, to post work we do, and to collaborate and communicate with one another and our colleagues in education.

This website has two parts:

Information for members of all 5 cohorts:

  • Resource lists: books, journals, websites
  • Collaboration tools: a discussion forum and a wiki

Information specific to members of each cohort:

  • Weekly Agendas, activities and homework assignments
  • Documents, PowerPoints etc. for class sessions

We are grouped into 5 cohorts:

Additional Faculty:



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