In 2011, Western Carolina University suspended admission to its Educational Leadership program to redesign its curriculum.
Just over 10 years later, the show is racking up awards. This week, the
Educational Leadership program will be honored during the Carnegie Project in the
Virtual Call for the Doctorate of Education as the winner of the 2021 Program of the Year award.
That comes immediately after claiming the Award to the WCU Excellence Program for Scholars
Programs in April.
“ This award is the result of more than 10 years of continuous and collaborative improvement
efforts of the Educational Leadership faculty, including myself, Kofi Lomotey, Brandi
Hinnant-Crawford, Robert Crow, Emily Virtue, Darrius Stanley, Heidi Von Dohlen and
Cathy Andrews, ”said Jess Weiler, Assistant Professor and Educational Leadership
“More specifically, we have sought improvements in programs that prepare educational leaders
enact system-wide, research-backed, equitable, and socially just practices that ensure
fair distribution of access and opportunities for all students. Every year we collaborate
criticize our program and make changes to ensure this outcome. "
Beginning in 2013, a new and more diverse faculty challenged their colleagues to consider
if the program's declared commitment to equity and social justice was genuine,
giving the scarcity of curriculum and pedagogy around critical and critical theory
They reconsidered student learning outcomes, while creating and adding courses
connected with leadership for equity and judges. One last thing was to be clear
what they wanted the students to know and be able to do by the end of the program.
That is now described in the WCU Ed.D Student Manual, which reads:
Upon completion of the program, practicing scholars will continually cultivate their critical skills
understanding of the social construction and power relations that perpetuate the unjust
distribution of access and opportunities by educational organizations and demonstrate
the academic promulgation of the entire system, supported by research, equitably and socially
Fair practices that ensure the fair distribution of access and opportunities for all.
students, beginning with the dismantling of oppressive structures and practices.
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