Collaborating to Prepare and Support Equity-Focused School Leaders
School systems across the United States are seeking effective strategies to prepare and develop leaders who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to facilitate inclusive learning environments. Along with their P-12 partners, Georgia educator preparation providers (EPPs) are working to strengthen pre-service program components aimed at increasing the efficacy of school leaders with regard to ensuring both equity and inclusivity. Join us to learn how cross-agency collaboration can support these efforts to strengthen the pipeline of inclusive leaders.
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Karen served as a teacher, a school leader, and a district leader in Georgia's public schools for 30 years. Her service was across rural, urban, large and small districts. She has taught at the university level since 1984 with vast experience in educational leadership and most recently in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Sheryl Cowart Moss is a Clinical Associate Professor at Georgia State University, where she directs the Advanced Programs (Tier II and EdD) in Educational Leadership. In March 2019, she received the Outstanding Faculty Service to the Profession award from the College of Education and Development at Georgia State for her national work to promote inclusive leadership. Dr. Cowart Moss is President of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS), and an Implementation Specialist for the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the CEEDAR Center. As part of this work, Dr. Cowart Moss co-leads a national topical action group whose mission is to infuse inclusive leadership practices into leadership preparation programs across the country. Dr. Cowart Moss is also President of the Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association (GELFA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association for Educational Leaders (GAEL). She received the Exemplary Service Award from GAEL in January 2018.
Penney has worked extensively with educator preparation programs over the past 16 years. She is a member of the Georgia State Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Team and supports the work of the P20 Collaboratives across the state. Penney is also a member of the state team working with CCSSO and CEEDAR on the Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership initiative.
Cindy was a school leader for four years and a district leader for 11 years in a rural high poverty school district before coming to the department. For the past two years, she has worked diligently to provide opportunities for collaboration around equity data with both internal and external stakeholders. She is a member of the State Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Team and the co-lead for the CCSSO Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership work.