As a faculty member in the School of Education at The College of William & Mary, I teach in two programs: teacher preparation and educational leadership. My students include baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree candidates, who aspire to be teachers, school leaders, district/agency-level educational leaders, reasearchers, professors, or policymakers.
These are the six courses that I have developed and have regularly taught during my tenure at William & Mary:
EDUC 340/CRIN 550: Assessment of Learning
The goal of this course is to develop a grounded knowledge base, foundational skills, and essential professional dispositions necessary for professional teachers to create and employ valid and reliable classroom-based assessments of student learning, and to enable teachers to be effective consumers of standardized and commercially-produced assessments and assessment results. The course emphasizes the integration of assessment into the core professional responsibilities of teaching, namely curriculum enactment and instructional delivery, with the ultimate aim of ethically and effectively using assessment to improve student learning in K-12 classrooms.
This course prepares experienced teachers for the roles and responsibilities of clinical instructors who will supervise William & Mary pre-service teachers and/or who will mentor first-year teachers in their schools. In short, the goal is to develop in participants the foundational knowledge, essential skills, and professional dispositions necessary for experienced teachers to effectively mentor pre-service and novice teachers. Particular focus is given to developing and effectively usuing classroom observation techniques, student and teacher work sample review, and peer coaching strategies.
EPPL 534: Instructional Leadership: Administering Educational Programs
This is a course for aspiring school principals and supervisors that focuses on leading and managing the school instructional program. Particular focus is given to decision-making regarding the school curriculum and instructional program through a systems thinking perspective and with an outcome orientation.
EPPL 535: Instructional Leadership: Assessment and Evaluation
This is a course for aspiring educational leaders designed to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for assessing and evaluating educational programs. Particular emphasis is placed on program evaluation and the role of classroom-based assessment as a critical source of information about the nature and degree of student learning.
EPPL 610: Advanced Instructional Strategies
This is a doctoral-level course in which both established and innovative teaching models and instructional strategies are studied in-depth. Through application and critical analysis, students identify common elements of effective teaching, and develop a conceptual framework for effectively critiquing instructional practices.
EPPL 611: Theories of Curriculum Development and Evaluation
This is a doctoral-level course in which the foundations and theories of curriculum development and evaluation are explored in depth with the aim of preparing educational leaders to effectively design, develop, implement, and evaluate curricula.