educational leadership

New Publication – Growing Our Own: Indigenous Research, Scholars, and Education

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Growing Our Own: Indigenous Research, Scholars, and Education

The Alaska Native Studies Council (ANSC) held its first conference in the spring of 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska. The original plan called for a biennial conference, which would alternate between the various University of Alaska campus locations. Due to the success of the first conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage, it has become an annual event, and the University of Alaska Southeast hosted the 2014 conference. The theme of the second ANSC Conference was “Growing our Own: Indigenous Researchers, Scholars, and Education.” This theme was selected by the Conference Organizing Committee and was based on our mission and the interest of participants. The pre-conference symposia showcased Alaska Native artists sharing their works at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau campus. The theme “Growing Our Own” was inspired by the work of leaders in the Indigenous education movement.

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Job – Program Manager: Dogwood 2025 (revised), Due Aug. 21, 2015

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Title: Program Manager: Dogwood 2025 0.5 FTE
Position Details:
This is a leadership position designed to oversee various aspects of the exciting Dogwood
2025 Aboriginal Mentorship initiative. With a mandate to support Aboriginal learners,
Dogwood 2025 has been created with a single overarching goal: to ensure that graduation
rates among Aboriginal learners match or exceed those of the general school population
by the year 2025.
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
• Building on the development and implementation that has taken place (2013-
2015) of a training program for Aboriginal post-secondary mentors who will work
directly with Aboriginal learners at the elementary and secondary school levels
selected for the pilot within the Vancouver Board of Education.
• Liaising with colleges, universities, community agencies and Dogwood Board to
recruit mentors for the 2015/2016 school year
• Continuing to work with identified schools to develop and implement effective
programming beyond the initial phase of the pilot program
• Consider, and make recommendations to the Dogwood 25 Board, strategies for the
widening of the Dogwood 25 Initiative to all school districts in BC.
•Liaising with the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors/Steering Committee in order to
report on progress, recommend enhancements to the program, and develop
targets for use beyond the pilot phase.

The successful applicant must:
• Possess a degree in post-secondary studies in education, or a related field focused
on Aboriginal youth and/or communities.
• Have experience in developing and/or implementing programs for Aboriginal
target audiences.
• Demonstrate successful leadership experience working with collaborative teams
in the development and implementation of special projects.
• Possess a teaching degree/ and have successful classroom experience.
The position is open to all applicants who possess the above qualifications.

The successful candidate will report to the Steering committee of the Dogwood 25
initiative. This position is an annual contracted position. As such, the successful
candidate will be an independent contractor and not an employee, agent or partner of the
Vancouver Board of Education. The annual rate of pay, inclusive of benefits, is in the
$300 per day range depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience and
The Province of British Columbia requires that a criminal records check be completed for
all persons who have unsupervised access to students, regardless of the capacity of that
employee/individual. Therefore, the candidate must comply with this requirement prior
to commencing any services.
This competition closes on August 21, 2015.
To apply for this position, please submit a current curriculum vitae along with a covering
letter to Dr. Sid Katz, Co-Chair of the Dogwood 25 Committee, at:

Revised Dogwood 25 Coordinator job posting

Job – Corporate Director, Academic Education, Due: Aug. 17, 2015

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Corporate Director, Academic Education

Req# 39345

Vancouver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer – Research, the Corporate Director, Academic Education provides strategic leadership in advancing the education component of PHSA’s tripartite mission as an academic health science organization. The Corporate Director works in collaboration with agency-based educators to lead development of strategic plans, performance metrics, policies, platforms and processes aimed at coordinating student practice education across PHSA and achieving the goal of a high performance health workforce. The director works across disciplinary and institutional lines to facilitate an integrated approach to academic education with partners, including academic institutions, health authorities, research institutes and government. The Corporate Director represents PHSA in formal and informal cross-sectoral planning, and collaborates with PHSA enterprise-wide stakeholders to understand and meet student and organizational needs related to academic education.


  • Leads development and implementation of strategic plans to foster student practice education improvement and innovation across the PHSA in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensures PHSA is in compliance with academic and regulatory requirements involving academic education. This includes provincial practice education guidelines addressing requirements such as student orientation and privacy/confidentiality/health/safety training.
  • Leads development, execution and ongoing management of academic affiliation agreements governing student placements across PHSA, and ensures optimal standardization and streamlining of such agreements.
  • Coordinates planning across disciplines and provincial networks to identify desired policy and practice outcomes, and to identify and implement system approaches that manage and optimize learning opportunities for health care students.
  • Collaborates with colleagues within IMITS, HSSBC, HIM and the Clinical and Systems Transformation project to ensure learner needs are identified, understood and met as PHSA undergoes clinical system transformation.
  • Leads further deployment and use of HSPNet, in collaboration with professional practice colleagues, to optimize automation of student practice placements within PHSA, and use of placement data to improve management of student practice education as a system.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in academic education and facilitates knowledge exchange/application by reviewing literature, attending relevant conferences/continuing education, and liaising with networks, external organizations, industry advisory groups and members of professional associations.
  • Leads project operation teams, working groups, and external contractors to achieve project goals and objectives, and fosters team and consensus building among relevant teams and working groups.
  • Provides leadership to staff by fostering an atmosphere which promotes and encourages employees to realize their maximum potential and encourages growth. Oversees human resource management. Conducts employee performance reviews and completes appraisals for staff. Recruits staff and supports managing labour relations issues such as discipline up to and including termination.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s in Education (Adult Education, Education Leadership, or Education Administration), and a health professional qualification, plus a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively increasing responsibility in education, and applied educational research and knowledge exchange leadership roles.

Broad knowledge of the academic health mandate, including care, research, and education, as well as technology enabled models in education, financial management, and project management. Demonstrated experience in a decision making role within clinical practice environments including rural and urban settings. Demonstrated ability to bridge and facilitate linkages between research, decision-making, education and clinical practice communities. Demonstrated ability to advance strategic initiatives and manage projects and budgets in a timely manner and in an inter-professional, multi-program and multi-site environment. Exemplary collaborative leadership skills in working with others to identify issues, design creative solutions, follow-up with action and evaluate results. Demonstrated aptitude for progressive, innovative thinking. Ability to integrate and apply learning and education principles, and develop and deliver education programs in diverse health care settings. Superior interpersonal, communication, facilitation and leadership skills including the ability to negotiate with and influence others, both internal and external to the organization at various levels. Demonstrated ability to productively use spreadsheet, word processing, database, and project applications.

We invite you to apply by clicking the “Apply Online Now” button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.

Applications accepted until Monday August 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am.

For more information on all that the PHSA has to offer, please visit: http://careers.phsa.ca

The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Job – Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs – Memorial University. Due: July 17, 2015

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Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs – Memorial University Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Education is searching for an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. The Associate Dean will play a leadership role in advancing teacher education, ensuring that it is at the forefront of the profession, and that it is meeting the changing needs of the local, provincial, national, and global society.  The successful applicant will have excellent organizational and communication skills, be innovative and be able to foster in others energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a desire to succeed. The candidate must have a doctorate in Education or a related discipline and possess a teaching and scholarship/research track record consistent with the level of associate or full professor.  The candidate will have experience in the education system and be familiar with provincial post-secondary programs. Administrative experience within a university or in other settings applicable to teacher education, as well as experience in positions involving external relationship building, would be considered an asset. Applications should be submitted by July 17, 2015. For more information on the position and how to apply please visit: http://www.mun.ca/educ/home/Ad_UG_Associate_Dean_2015.pdf.


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School District 69 (Qualicum)
The Board of School Trustees of School District No. 69 (Qualicum) invites applications from experienced
educators for anticipated Elementary Principal and Vice Principal vacancies.
The District, which is located on central Vancouver Island and is comprised of the beachside communities
of Parksville and Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas, serves the educational needs of approximately
4,000 students in 7 elementary and 3 secondary schools. These positions will likely start on August 1,
The successful candidates will have the following:
 A valid BC teaching certificate and familiarity with BC curriculum and the BC Education Plan;
 A master’s degree, completed or in progress (preferably in Educational Leadership or a
related field);
 Successful administrative experience at the elementary level is preferred;
 For the Principal position, experience at a dual-track French Immersion School would be an
asset – French language proficiency would also be preferred.
The successful applicants will demonstrate:
 Exemplary and varied teaching abilities;
 Successful educational leadership experience both formal and informal;
 Knowledge and understanding of current educational research, technology, and approaches
for working with students with unique needs;
 Keen understanding of effective assessment and reporting practice;
 Experience in the implementation of innovative programs to improve student learning;
 Experience in the use of technology to support and engage learners;
 Ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, and the broader community;
 Effective leadership and decision-making abilities;
 Familiarity with the Spirals of Inquiry approach to planning for growth and system change;
 Excellent communication, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
Applications should include the following:
 A letter of application stating the position – Elementary Principal or Vice Principal you wish to
be considered for;
 A statement of educational and administrative philosophy (with reference to your leadership
 A current curriculum vitae;
 At least three professional references including your current supervisor;
 A signed authorization for School District 69 (Qualicum) personnel to contact references in
addition to those provided and authorize those contacted to release information to the district.
For further information please contact or submit a complete application package no later than 4:00 pm,
Monday June 15, 2015 to:
JoAnne Shepherd – Director of Human Resources
School District No. 69 (Qualicum)
PO Box 430, 100 Jensen Avenue East
Parksville, BC V9P 2G5
Telephone (250) 954-4678 FAX (250) 954-1259
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Applicants must ensure that their applications are received at the district office by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Artist vows to restore defaced Native American murals

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Artist vows to restore defaced Native American murals

Just months before a set of larger-than-life murals honoring local Native Americans was scheduled to be memorialized on a new school’s campus, a graffiti vandal defaced the artwork in an act described by the murals’ creator as “stupid” and an “act of terrorism.”

The vandal who defaced larger-than-life murals of Native Americans in North Seattle over the weekend destroyed in one day what took the artist 12 years to create, the artist said.

“This is not an ordinary act of graffiti,” said Andrew Morrison. “It is an act of hatred and viciousness that has created heartbreak and confusion in a place where people are supposed to feel safe.”

Morrison said he learned of the vandalism to what has been called “The Great Walls of Heritage” Sunday night and drove up to see the damage for himself on Monday.

The Auburn resident, who is an art curator at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park, said it was the first time the murals have been defaced. …Read More.

How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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Kindergartener Zoe, right, plays the drums during recess at Academia Semillas del Pueblo on Dec. 5, 2012. The LAUSD charter school incorporates language and cultural learning and is part of Semillas Community Schools, which also includes the Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School.

On a main thoroughfare in East Los Angeles, there’s a brightly painted public school: Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School, part of the Semillas school network. Semillas — Spanish for “seeds” — teaches teenagers about their indigenous roots and culture.

Students there learn in Spanish and Nahuatl, incorporating Mayan mathematics and indigenous visual and performing arts. One course teaches indigenous diplomacy and youth leadership skills. Parents and grandparents are integrated into the student’s learning. Read more.

Original Link: http://www.scpr.org/programs/offramp/2014/11/14/40329/how-an-el-sereno-charter-school-fought-for-and-won/

Resource – Aboriginal Strategic Plan Implementation Report

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In the summer of 2014 the UBC First Nations House of Learning, in conjunction with other units, produced a five-year Aboriginal Strategic Plan Implementation Report for the Vancouver campus addressing the period through the end of June 2014. This report was reviewed by the Aboriginal Strategic Plan Implementation Committee before public release. Below is the text of the body of this report, not including the appendices. Please note that much additional information, including statistics on enrolment, retention, and graduation, and more specific information on faculty and unit initiatives, is included in the appendices. Access article & printable copy of full report.

Job Announcement: Educational Leadership #4317

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About the Position


THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, a diverse student body of over 14,000 students, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study.  The University has campuses in Hayward, Contra Costa County, Online, and in Oakland, California.  Our 600 faculty offer bachelor’s degrees in 42 fields, minors in 62 fields, master’s degrees in 36 fields, and 1 doctoral degree program.  http://www20.csueastbay.edu/

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Educational Leadership (DEL) is one of five academic departments within the College of Education and Allied Studies (CEAS). The Department’s mission is to prepare and influence bold, socially responsible leaders who will transform the world of schooling. Our central role is to ignite the leadership capacity needed to create vital, democratic and caring places for powerful teaching and learning. Faculty members apply a social justice lens as they work collaboratively to deliver rigorous and relevant instruction. The department provides a California Teaching Commission (CTC) approved program for those students seeking a Tier I or Tier II Administrative Credential.  The department’s outreach is organized in a one-of-a-kind corridor system that facilitates partnerships with school districts throughout the Bay Area and brings together key stakeholders focusing on pre-K-12 public education.  Additionally, the department offers a Master’s degree (including an on-line option) and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (ELSJ). The recently established Center for Research, Equity, and Collaborative Engagement (CRECE) reflects DEL’s commitment to advance public education through robust research involving pre-K-12 educators, university faculty, policy makers, and community members.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION:  In direct response to the increasing national focus on research-informed best practices, and the increasing role of assessment and evaluation in policy making the Department of Educational Leadership is seeking a scholar-practitioner with expertise in social sciences qualitative and quantitative research methods, and new assessment and evaluation approaches. Duties include teaching a sequence of research and evaluation courses to a cohort of students in the doctoral program. Courses in the doctoral program include Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Applied Study of Educational Issues, Applied Research Methods, Evaluation and Assessment, and Dissertation Seminar. Facilitate the development of students’ dissertation proposals. Lead students through the development of the Qualifying II paper and work in conjunction with the program Academic Coordinator to ensure alignment to the Qualifying I examination. Advise and supervise dissertations. May also teach in Tier I Administrative Credential Program and Masters’ Degree Program in Educational Leadership. Teaching assignments at CSU, East Bay include courses at the Hayward, Concord and Online campuses. In addition to teaching, all faculty have advising responsibilities, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work, and are expected to assume college and campus-wide committee responsibilities.

RANK AND SALARY: The faculty position is a full-time academic-year position recruiting at the level of assistant professor, or associate professor with an option of tenure commensurate with role and experience.  Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience; subject to budgetary authorization.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT:  Fall Quarter, 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in educational leadership, or a field directly related to school organization, educational research, policy and leadership. Additionally, candidate must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity in the areas of assessment and evaluation, and/or related research methodological approaches. Documented research agendas should include one or more of the following areas:  participatory action research, critical social science methodologies, ethnographic, narrative inquiry, quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.  Transdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  Demonstrated experience and engagement in inquiry and research on issues of social justice and equity. Some experience in doctoral level teaching and service on dissertation committees required.  Demonstrated ability to teach, advise and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence is required.  Knowledge of instructional strategies to engage adults in constructivist learning and a willingness to guide and develop the next level of educational scholar-practitioners is required. Significant knowledge of successful school reform, and recent urban public school district-level experience preferred; experience in project and program leadership and/or district/school leadership desired. The candidate has demonstrated experiences in working collaboratively and engaging in collaborative decision making with department colleagues. The successful applicant should be qualified in one or more of the eight Doctoral Program goals (see 2013-14 Ed.D. handbook at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/ceas/departments/el/edd). Should have demonstrated experience working with under-served communities and the PK-14 institutions that serve those communities.


This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.  For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: http://www.20csueastbay.edu/af/departments/as/.


Position will remain open until filled. Please visit CSUEB Human Resources https://my.csueastbay.edu/psp/pspdb1/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL to complete an application and submit a cover letter, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement, a complete and current CV, three letters from professional references, official academic transcripts, copies of major publications, and other evidence of scholarly activity.

NOTE:  California State University, East Bay hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. If you are considered as a finalist for the position, you may be subject to a background check.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CSUEB does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.  The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Faculty of Education Western University – Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Leadership

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Leadership  The Faculty of Education, Western University, invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (probationary) or Associate Professor (probationary or tenured, if qualifications and experience warrant), in the area of Educational Leadership. This position will be effective July 1, 2014. We seek outstanding candidates with a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service and a demonstrated ability to engage with and contribute to relevant local, national, and international communities. The successful candidate will supervise graduate students in the area of educational leadership and administration; play leadership roles in short-term professional development programs for school and system-level leaders; and serve on faculty and university committees. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in regular classroom settings, online, and/or in blended formats at both the graduate and pre-service levels. We seek a strong and ethical colleague with an excellent command of the foundational literature and a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas of study: leadership theory; decision-making theory; organizational theory; change theory; values and motivation; education finance; education law; student assessment policies; philosophy of inquiry; or program evaluation. Expertise and experience in Indigenous educational leadership would be an asset. Responsibilities: • Teach educational leadership courses in the M.Ed., M.P.E., Ph.D., and Ed.D. programs; • Work collaboratively with school districts and other partners in the development of professional programs; • Offer courses in areas of expertise to pre-service students; • Advise and supervise graduate students; • Work collaboratively with colleagues to support rigorous programs of study; • Maintain a strong research and publication program and consistently seek appropriate external funding; • Contribute to a collegial and lively scholarly environment. Required Qualifications:  • An earned doctorate in educational leadership or educational administration; • A record of active research in educational leadership or educational administration; • Excellent oral and written communication skills; • A demonstrated record of teaching excellence; Preferred Qualifications:  • Demonstrated capacity to contribute to programming and partnerships in Indigenous education • Successful experience as a teacher and administrator in K-12 settings; • Experience in developing effective collaborations within and/or linked to schools and/or post-secondary institutions. The Faculty of Education at Western University is a dynamic, forward looking Faculty poised for significant growth in several strategic areas including educational leadership. The Faculty offers exciting opportunities for innovative research and teaching and encourages community outreach. The Faculty supports fundamental and applied research in education and provides high quality programming at the initial teacher education and graduate levels. In 2012-13, there are approximately 700 students in the initial teacher education program, 400 in M.Ed. programs, 80 in Ph.D. programs, and 4000 registrants in continuing education courses. More information on the Faculty of Education can be obtained at http://www.edu.uwo.ca/. Interested candidates should submit an application package that includes a letter of application specifying qualifications for the position; a teaching portfolio which includes a teaching philosophy, a statement of teaching interests and evidence of successful teaching experiences such as course evaluations; a description of research accomplishments and plans for future research; an up-to-date curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees along with their contact information to: Dr. Vicki Schwean, Dean Faculty of Education Western University 1137 Western Road London, Ontario N6G 1G7 Telephone: (519) 661-2080 Fax: (519) 850-2377 Please ensure that the form available at http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/faculty/Application-FullTime-Faculty-Position-Form.pdf is completed and included in your application submission. Electronic applications may be sent to deaned@uwo.ca Review of applications will begin after February 28, 2014 and, subject to budgetary approval, will continue until the positions are filled. This position is subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Western University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.