Hook Center Director Dr. Bradley R. Curs and graduate student José Muñoz will both be presenting work done in conjunction with the Hook Center at the annual convention of the Association for Study of Higher Education in late November.
Dr. Bradley R. Curs will be co-presenting a paper entitled HOPE for Access: Effects of Merit-Based Aid on Enrollment by Gender in a session on student financial aid policies.
José Muñoz will be presenting a poster entitled California’s Cal Grant Program and First Year Student Enrollment: An Examination of Racial Differences in a poster session.
Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Heather L. Mosley Linhardt and graduate student Haigen Huang will both be presenting work done in conjunction with the Hook Center at the annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration in late November.
Dr. Heather Mosley Linhardt will be presenting a paper entitled Building Instructional Capacity of Science Teachers Through Strategic Management of Human Capital in a session on school leadership and district structures for math and science achievement.
Haigen Huang will be co-presenting a poster entitled Principal Leadership and Teacher Professional Development: A Cross-Country Phenomenon in a leadership and professional learning poster session.
Dr. Bradley Curs, Director of the Hook Center, was recently interviewed by the local NPR affiliate, KBIA, and the Columbia Missourian. Dr. Curs was interviewed regarding the academic consequences of the University of Missouri potentially changing their athletic conference affiliation for both media outlets.
NPR story: Read the brief synopsis and hear the entire interview on the KBIA webpage.
Columbia Missourian: Read the article about the academic consequences of MU moving to the SEC.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that the Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal has been awarded a School Improvement Services grant. This grant is a two-part process that will assist some of Missouri’s most needy schools. The first process is to help schools conduct a comprehensive data analysis and to help those schools write a school improvement plan to be implemented over the next three years. Schools will choose among three service providers, including the Hook Center, to assist them in conducting the data analysis and writing the grant.
The second portion of the process is to assist those schools in the implementation of the interventions identified in the improvement plan. These interventions may be provided by the same entity that helped to write the plan or another group.
The level of funding will be determined by the number of schools that choose the Hook Center to help them in either the first or second portion of the process. The Assessment Resource Center, another unit within the MU College of Education, will partner with the Hook Center throughout the grant process.
The Hook Center continues to provide Model-Netics training to schools in central Missouri. In December 2009, the third cohort of Columbia Public Schools (CPS) administrators completed their initial training. This brings the number of CPS administrators who have received Model-Netics training to 60.
Dr. Maher hosted a reunion of all previous participates in May and explored with them the next steps in the process. CPS administrators who have not yet participated in a Model-Netics training were encouraged to become a part of Cohort #4 which began this fall, in 2010.
In addition, Dr. Maher will be working with the CPS to provide a professional development program focused on the Model-Netics eight leadership challenges. All administrators will be encouraged to participate.
For more information please contact Dr. Carol Maher at email@example.com
The Hook Center is working with a small group of public elementary schools to develop leadership skills in staff and students. The Leader in Me process was developed by the Franklin Covey Company and uses the foundational principles found in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to enhance the leadership effectiveness of staff and students.
School staff and parents create a practical vision for the school; learn the principles of the 7 Habits; teach those principles to their students; establish systems of support and implementation structures; and work together to build the culture of the school into a leadership culture. Currently, four elementary schools are involved in the process. Funding has come from the school districts in which the schools reside.
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The Hook Center is working with the Talent Management department in the University of Missouri (UM) system office on implementing a yearlong leadership development program for administrative and academic leaders on the four UM system campuses.
This program has been implemented with two cohorts, one composed of academic leaders (e.g., department chairs, academic directors) and one of administrative leaders. The Administrative Leadership Development Program, ALDP and the Leadership Development Program, LDP began Fall 2010, and will continue throughout the academic year. Both programs are funded by the UM system human resources office.
The Hook Center is proud to support the most recent work of one of our affiliates, Dr. Motoko Akiba, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri. Dr. Akiba was awarded a $638,468 grant from the National Science Foundation for her study entitled “Work Contexts, Teacher Learning Opportunities, and Mathematics Achievement of Middle School Students”
Through the generous support of the Hook Center, great strides have been made in providing training, programs, and services to teachers and administrators in some of Missouri’s struggling school districts, particularly in the St. Louis area. Hook Center support has helped maintain the successful New Leaders Project in St. Louis Public School District, which is currently working with Cohort #4. Support has also led to the inclusion of Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts in the New Leaders Project, two urban districts in the St. Louis area.
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