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Last week, a constituency of over 50 GSEHD students, faculty, and staff traveled to San Francisco for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). GSEHD faculty and students participated in over 30 presentations at the international conference, which represents the largest gathering of experts in the field and presents the latest in education research. Over the course of the conference, GSEHD hosted several events, including intimate salon-style discussions with highly regarded leaders in the field of education and a reception for over 140 GSEHD faculty, alumni, students, and friends.
MAY 10, 2013: GSHED’s Human and Organizational Learning Department hosted the 2013 Organizational Learning, Knowledge, and Capabilities conference (OLKC) on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus April 25-27. GSEHD’s Dr. Andrea Casey and Dr. Michael Marquardt chaired this year’s conference, leading the planning, marketing, and execution. The conference attracted approximately 150 participants from 28 countries, 72 universities, and 14 practice-based organizations from an array of industries.
APRIL 19, 2013: Kimberly Hill, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Administration and Policy Studies program, was named superintendent of Charles County (MD) Public Schools on April 9. Hill will begin her term as superintendent on July 1. She was named 2013 Principal of the Year for Charles County Public Schools and is the recipient of the Washington Posts’ 2013 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. Hill is scheduled to defend her dissertation in June, under the guidance of her advisor, Dr. Abe Tekleselassie.
APRIL 19, 2013: Andrea Whitmarsh, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Administration and Policy Studies program, was appointed superintendent of Greene County (VA) Public Schools on April 17. She will begin her term on May 1, transitioning from her current role as assistant superintendent for instruction. Whitmarsh successfully defended her dissertation on April 12 under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Jennifer Clayton and dissertation chair Dr. Virginia Roach.
On his blog, Class Notes, Dean Feuer examines the mixed reactions garnered by his Education Week commentary on the Atlanta cheating scandal.
Reactions to my recent Education Week commentary on the Atlanta cheating scandal have been interesting (see also this Washington Post blog post by Valerie Strauss that highlights my commentary). They mostly relate to the question I raised, whether the system is to blame or whether individuals, even when faced with strong pressure and incentives for opportunistic behavior, should act morally and legally. And, of course, several of the commentaries rehearse the somewhat well known criticisms of testing.