Who We Are
Who We Are
SIG Officers

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Miriam D. Ezzani (2020-2022)
Texas Christian University

Jackie Mania-Singer (2021-2022)
University of Oklahoma

Program Chair
Linda K. Mayger (2021-2023)
The College of New Jersey

Program Chair-Elect
Lok-Sze Wong (2021-2023)

Shamila Janakiraman (2020-2022)
Purdue University 

Nichole Walsh
Fresno State

Officer Bios
Coast PicDr. Miriam D. Ezzani is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. She studies culturally responsive leadership within the contexts of district and school reform and Islamic school leadership. Her focus is on how educational leaders fulfill their ethical promise to provide equitable learning spaces for historically minoritized students. Prior to her work in higher education, she served in California public schools as a school leader, literacy coach, and teacher. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California, where she earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership. She serves as the chair of the AERA Systems Thinking in Education SIG and Features Co-Editor for the UCEA Review. She has published in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, and Teachers College Record. 


Dr. Linda Mayger is an assistant professor in the department of educational administration and secondary education at the college of new jersey. Linda's research focuses on how schools can develop systems that meet the holistic needs of each child. she primarily investigates organizational practices and leadership in community schools and the effects of state policies on teachers and principals.




DSC_6639Dr. Lok-Sze Wong studies system reform policies as attempts to address systemic inequities. Drawing on education, sociocultural, and organization theories and mixed methods, her research unpacks how systems (re)produce inequities and how to humanely reform schools and districts as complex social systems. She focuses on professional learning opportunities that support teachers and administrators as they shift their practices while redesigning the very organizations in which they work. Dr. Wong began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. Wong has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Jackie Mania-Singer is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center.  In this position, she provides research guidance and evaluation for three GEAR UP grants. Prior to this position, Dr. Mania-Singer served as an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University in the Educational Leadership program.  Dr. Mania-Singer has 17 years of experience in education as a teacher, a principal, a district central office administrator, and a state-level director.  Dr. Mania-Singer has published and presented on educational issues related to systems thinking, superintendent and principal leadership, and district central office reform.



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