Message from SIG Chair
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Elizabeth Leisy Stosich profile photo_993Message from the LSI SIG Chair Spring 2022

The annual meeting is quickly approaching. We hope to see you at the business meeting where we will have the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the work of the Leadership for School Improvement SIG members.

Educational leaders in schools, districts, universities and other organizations continue to face tremendous challenges in creating safe and affirming learning environments where students can thrive. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing solidarity in the movement for racial justice have raised important questions about what it looks like to “lead for school improvement.” Members of the Leadership for School Improvement SIG have responded by advancing research and practice that takes into consideration the complexity of this work, including considering the unique challenges of leadership that advances improvements in racial equity, promising approaches to collaborative improvement efforts, and how to foster students’ and educators’ well-being as part of comprehensive improvement. Through these efforts they are advancing and expanding on the mission of the LSI SIG: to examine how leadership exercised by teachers, principals, and superintendents influences instructional capacity resulting in improved student outcomes and how policy guides this collaborative effort.

As we transition to new leadership in the LSI SIG for the 2022-23 academic year, I am grateful to David DeMatthews for his leadership and commitment the SIG for the past five years. This year has presented unique challenges in leading the SIG, but David has been there to provide thoughtful guidance. I am happy to announce that Dr. Alison Wilson was recently elected to serve as the Dissertation of the Year Chair. We are excited to welcome her as a member of the executive committee. Alison has a long history of service to the SIG and has played a central role in advancing the Researcher Development Program (RDP), an initiative focused on providing graduate students with research-focused mentorship. I also want to thank Stephen Kotok for his service as faculty advisor for RDP for the past two years. I am grateful to all of the LSI SIG members who have volunteered as RDP mentors and mentees and hope you will consider participating if you have not already done so. I know that great things are to come under the leadership of 2022-23 LSI SIG Chairperson Dr. Julia Mahfouz.

We hope you will join us for our business meeting at AERA on Sunday, April 24th from 6-7:30pm. We are excited to come back together as a community. The business meeting will be dedicated primarily to reconnecting and engaging in research-focused conversations that build our connections with LSI SIG members new and old. I hope to see you in San Diego!

Sincerely,

Dr. Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, LSI SIG Chairperson

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

Fordham University


LSI mission:

to examine how leadership exercised by teachers, principals, and superintendents influences instructional capacity resulting in improved student outcomes and how policy guides this collaborative effort.

 
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