Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty
Linda Brookhart, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Brookhart, returns to the University of Denver after serving in several school districts and other university settings in Colorado. Linda has experience as principal in three elementary schools and assistant principal of a large metropolitan high school; as a director of curriculum and learning services; and taught for many years in teacher education at the University of Northern Colorado and Loretto Heights College. Areas of professional interest and research include: refining the knowledge base and preparation programs for educational leaders and corresponding development of performance assessments; and identifying student reported learning from participation in early field experiences and implication for preparation programs. Linda earned her Ph.D from the University of Denver in School Administration, Cognate: Speech Communications; an MA from University of Denver in Curriculum and Supervision/International Relations; and her BA in History from Colorado State University.
Patricia Kipp, Lecturer, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Susan Korach, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
EdD and MA, University of Houston; BA, Trinity University
Dr. Korach is a co-creator of the Ritchie Program for School Leaders, an intensive project-based principal preparation program taught in partnership between DU and Denver Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Published "Pioneering change: The Experiences of Three Colorado Charter Schools," in "Charter Schools: Lessons in school reform".
Research interests: charter schools.
Professional affiliations: Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Rebecca McClure, Lecturer, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Rebecca McClure joins the Executive Leadership for Successful Schools Principal Preparation Program. She has an MA from the University of Northern Colorado in Administration, and a BA in Special Education from Ball State University. Ms. McClure recently retired from the Boulder Valley School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources since 2005. Prior to 2005, she worked with Brighton School District 27J as the Executive Director of Human Resources as well as the Executive Director of Student Services and Student Achievement. Her leadership in these various roles with the Brighton School District covered a 26 year span of time, including experiences such as supervising principals, leading education initiatives, and working with employee groups and facilitating training with staff. Special interest areas and areas of expertise include interest-based problem solving strategies and collaboration, basics of human resources including labor relations, and teacher and principal evaluation and quality.
Kent Seidel, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Dr. Kent Seidel, comes to DU from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as faculty and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Urban Education Leadership graduate programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Research with a focus on non-profit and educational organizational behavior and management.
Dr. Seidel has been actively involved with school improvement and standards-based reform since 1990. Since 1996, he has served as the Director of the Alliance for Curriculum reform, a collaborative of more than 20 of the national education organizations. Closely related to his school reform work, Dr. Seidel has been actively involved in arts education and the development of creativity in students, teachers, and school leaders. He has a theatre and music background.
His primary research in the past decade has focused on performance-based approaches to improving educator support and school quality, including a major emphasis on value-added and growth measures in accountability systems. He led the development of resources and training for all 72 teacher and principal preparation programs in Ohio on uses of value-added and growth measures, under the auspices of the Board of Regents to help these programs meet legislative requirements. He is Principal Investigator for the large-scale longitudinal strand of the Teacher Quality Partnership, a consortium of all 50 Ohio teacher education programs, conducting a series of studies to better understand teacher preparation, professional development, and early career support.