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Leadership invited to Scotland to present on innovative Ed.D. program

When the GRU College of Education launched its Educational Doctorate in Educational Innovation, international acclaim was not the first goal on the list of program objectives. But in July, to acclaim, members of the college’s leadership presented a session on redefining the education doctorate at the UK Council for Graduate Education’s Annual Conference 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Cindi Chance, recently retired dean of the college, and Dr. Wayne Lord, associate dean, represented Georgia Regents University and presented in conjunction with Dr. Jon Engelhardt from Baylor University and Dr. Tracy Elder from the University of Georgia. The presentation shared how three distinctly different universities were applying the work of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) to their respective programs.

CPED is an action-oriented initiative to institute a clear distinction between the professional practice doctorate in education and the education research doctorate. Only 87 institutions across the globe – including the GRU College of Education – were accepted to the prestigious Carnegie program.

The three universities each presented different perspectives on how to implement the Carnegie principles in a doctoral program.

“Post-grad programs are engaged in conversations in the U.K. about doctoral study and challenges of their tradition and what innovative practices are being tried in universities,” Lord said. “So they are looking to successful programs for ideas and guidance.”

One important aspect of a successful doctoral program in education is applicability of student research, Lord said. Sometimes doctoral students focus on how their study can impact their work in a university setting – rather than leading to possible solutions to real-world challenges.

“Our Ed.D. in Educational Innovation prepares educators to respond to persistent problems of practice. By emphasizing research capabilities ‘in context,’ Ed.D. students can advocate for innovations.”

More than 120 international leaders in the field of education attended the conference.

“The conference attendees expressed a lot of interest in the work we’re doing and commented that it should have been a keynote presentation. So we’re excited about representing the kind of work GRU and the College of Education are doing to innovate and discover new ways to have a positive impact,” Lord said.

Visit gru.edu/coe/edd to learn more about the Educational Doctorate in Educational Innovation at Georgia Regents University.

GRU professor shares views on Atlanta educator cheating scandal

Dr. Wayne Lord, Associate Dean for Georgia Regents University’s College of Education, spoke with WJBF regarding his views on how 11 teachers in Atlanta were convicted of cheating for students on tests.

In this interview, Dr. Lord shares his thoughts on the importance of educators maintaining integrity for the sake of their students.

Click here to view the article.

New doctoral degree in educational innovation will impact students, university, and community

According to Dr. Wayne Lord, Associate Dean of Georgia Regents University’s College of Education, the newly created doctoral degree in educational innovation is generating a lot of attention.

“We recently had 18 applicants on campus for interviews and to participate in a writing exercise,” Lord said. “The folks we interviewed are very excited about the possibilities and intrigued by the design of the program and the fact that it’s about making a difference. They see it as purposeful.”

The Educational Innovation EdD is the first doctoral program in the College of Education and the university’s first doctoral program outside of health and medicine. Lord said they initially considered offering a PhD, but after consolidation, the focus shifted toward an EdD.

“We are approaching this as a practitioner’s degree, trying to better prepare those who are already working in educational settings and to help them perform even more efficiently,” he said. “So we’re not really trying to prepare them to be researchers who are going to focus on or develop theories. As much as their hands are already dirty with the work, we’re trying to see how they can get their hands dirtier.”

Lord said that by focusing on real problems of practice, the EdD program will help groom the educational leaders of tomorrow to influence from within.

“It’s not really preparing folks to transition to another career,” he said. “It really is to focus on wherever your educational setting is so that people can work and effect change at that level.”

Because the program will be asking local school districts for input about the problems they are facing while also working with them to develop solutions, some are calling this a consultancy approach, which is fine by Lord.

“This is kind of at the heart of what we’re doing,” he said. “The personal growth and development that occurs while completing the doctoral program is great for the individual, but what’s the so what? Through our doctoral program, we’re trying to prepare educators who will be able to deliver on the so what.”

The program is modeled after the strong program put together at Vanderbilt.

“They have folks from all over the country who fly in on weekends,” Lord said. “So we’ve tried to steal and borrow from the best.”

Consequently, the program will follow a cohort approach, with the 12 to 15 students working together. The belief among those at GRU is that change in education is facilitated when people are able to collaborate.

“That’s kind of the hidden curriculum inside our program,” he said. “The cohort size is intentional because a lot of the work they’re going to do is going to be done in groups and those groups will be changing, so they’re going to have to transfer those interpersonal skills and learn about other people and what their work habits are like, because that’s what it’s like in the real world.”

Not only will they be working in groups throughout the program, but their dissertation in practice will be a collaboration as well.

Another plus, especially given the current financial pressures: The new program is kicking off without the addition of any new faculty.

Offers of admission will go out in April, and classes will start in May.

Lord presents at Biennial Conference

E. Wayne Lord, Interim Associate Dean in the College of Education, presented a paper, “Harnessing the Power of Policy,” at the 20th Biennial Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The conference convened in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 10-14. Dr. Lord has presented at past conference meetings in England and Canada. His paper examines drivers of policy change and the implications of these for development of gifted education policy.