Dr. Delavan selected for spring leadership institute at Harvard University


Dean of LEC’s School of Education and Professional Studies Katharine Delavan, Ph.D, has been selected to participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Women in Education Leadership institute taking place March 4-6, 2018 at Harvard University.

Three days of workshops, lectures and case discussions will help women in education overcome additional, gender-specific challenges they face as successful leaders.

“Teacher preparation is an ever-evolving field,” said Dr. Delavan, whose essay helped secure her spot in the program. “I hope to gain resources and innovative strategies to help our program remain effective and attract new students and teachers.”

Dr. Delavan, also an associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education at LEC, will learn how best to communicate with stakeholders in teacher preparation programs, including students, superintendents, college administrators and accreditors. The interactive program is designed to facilitate growth through self-reflection and peer networking.

Its faculty chair Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.D, is the first woman professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, having forged her reputation as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country.

Guided by institute faculty, female senior leaders focus on developing effective negotiation and communication techniques. Other faculty include Irma Tyler-Wood, a principal and founding member of KI ThoughtBridge; Elsa Núñez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University and Mimi Gurbst, former vice president of ABC News.

“I am honored to participate,” Dr. Delavan said. “I feel validated that our small program is valuable.”

For more information about the School of Education and Professional Studies at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Katharine Delavan at 440-375-7389 or kdelavan@lec.edu.

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