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David S. Woo

Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Before coming to Vanderbilt, David Woo worked as a high school English teacher in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood for six years. While working at a charter school in Chicago, he grew interested in the influence of political contexts in shaping the relationship between educational stakeholders. In his pursuit to better understand these factors, he completed an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Education Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working with Drs. Ellen Goldring and Jason Grissom on validating a measure of instructional leadership capacity. Some of his research interests include the role of school leaders as managers and the role of political institutions such as teacher unions and charter schools in education politics. Some of his current research examines the relationship between Principal Preparation Programs and principal performance, the predictors of schoolboard members’ office seeking behaviors, and the influence of charter schools on education finance measures. After finishing his doctoral degree in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, he wants to continue his research at a university or research organization.