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By Jill Anderson 10/12/2017 11:00 AM EDT
Brendan Randall
“Brendan was greatly admired and respected by his colleagues and many friends at HGSE and across the university, and will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched,” said Dean James Ryan. Russell, Ed.M.’07, a former lawyer and teacher, studied religion, law, and education as a doctoral student. Those who knew him remember Randall as a passionate, dedicated learner with endless energy. He held a number of positions including as a senior consultant focused on campus engagement at Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, a senior researcher for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University,...
By Jill Anderson 09/14/2017 2:47 PM EDT
Darienne Driver
Darienne Driver, Ed.M.'06, Ed.D.'14, is as creative and energetic as they come. Now, entering her fourth year as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, she has already crossed from her list of goals significant reforms: Earlier start to the school year. Check. School uniforms. Check. Partnerships with community organizations. Check. Higher graduation rate. Check. Increase in attendance. Check. After speaking with Driver for a few minutes, it becomes clear that she shows no signs of slowing down. She speaks quickly, praising Milwaukee schools and its people. Driver is the first woman...
By Andrew Bauld 08/28/2017 1:51 PM EDT
Leah Waldo
We expect the Ed School to produce the next generation of great teachers, education entrepreneurs, and policymakers, but for Leah Waldo, Ed.M.'15, her time on Appian Way, including one foot-stomping, memorable event, led her on an unexpected journey from Cambridge to Nashville to become a country musician. It was truly a life-changing afternoon for Waldo as she sat in the audience of Askwith Hall in January 2015, listening to country legends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood share stories of their own careers. At one point, Brooks described how after all his years performing he still got...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 12:52 PM EDT
Amazing Race
It was the most amazing Amazing Race ever for Scott Flanary, Ed.M.'10. In June, this self-described superfan of the CBS reality adventure show was announced the winner of the 29th season, along with his teammate, Brooke Camhi. Ed. caught up with Flanary, a campus recruiter, to talk strategy, TV fame, and spending the prize money. You took leave from work? I once told my boss that I was a huge reality show fanatic and if I were ever cast on a show, I’d need a leave of absence. She agreed. When the time came, I let her know I was cashing in on my “need to leave.” (I was speaking in code...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 11:07 AM EDT
Stephany Cuevas
When California native Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M.'15, a current doctoral student, moved to the East Coast in 2012, she was more than familiar with the term “undocuAlly,” which basically states that someone has made a commitment to be a visible ally to undocumented students and their families. Having lived in California in a predominantly Latino community, and having been a student at University of California, Berkeley, where the topic of immigration predominates, she had heard the term often. Cuevas was surprised, then, when she moved to the East Coast in 2012 to start the Ed.D. Program, how...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 9:28 AM EDT
Des Floyd
You've heard of moot court? The activity at law schools where students simulate court proceedings as a way to turn the theoretical into the practical? Des Floyd, Ed.L.D., thought, Why not create something similar for secondary school students but, instead of teaching law skills, present them with common experiences that teach compassion? Last spring, the classroom activity, called Care Court, earned Floyd a finalist slot in the Dean’s Challenge, a contest where Ed School students worked alongside Making Caring Common to develop simple education ideas that promote empathy. Floyd says he used a...
By Jill Anderson 08/28/2017 8:31 AM EDT
Jeff Perrotti
In the nearly 25 years of working as director of the Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Students (LGBTQ), Jeff Perrotti, C.A.S.'85, has had one main goal: providing support for students and educators trying to address the needs of this population. Today many openly transgender students face the same struggles that gay and lesbian students did in the early 1990s, he says. With the growing number of openly transgender students in schools has come true issues with school climate, mental health, and social justice. Citing the addition of gender...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 7:12 AM EDT
Illustration by Simone Massoni
The more Joseph McIntyre, Ed.M.'10, Ed.D.'17, read to his baby daughter, the more he realized that most of the books were about boys — to the point that he began to switch the genders of main characters. “It made me wonder how things looked in children’s literature as a whole,” he says. While a student in the doctoral program, McIntyre began analyzing existing research. Previous studies found ratios of male-to-female central characters in picture books of 1.5:1 to 2:1. However, he realized these studies had treated all books in their samples equally. As he continued his doctoral research,...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 1:37 AM EDT
Unexpected Influence
Earlier this year, Anne-Marie McCartan, the former executive director of the national Council of Colleges and Arts & Sciences and a 40-year veteran of various higher education positions, published Unexpected Influence, a series of profiles of women who helped shape the early community college movement. After the book came out, she spoke to Ed. about why she tackled this topic, what she discovered doing her research, and what surprised her the most. INITIALLY, WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT THE NAMES TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES WERE ALL MALE? Actually, I started the research...
By 08/23/2017 12:17 PM EDT
Unknowable Future