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Chair's Welcome

Ellen Goldring
Ellen Goldring

I am often asked what is unique about our department. We have a mission that unifies our research and teaching: to understand and enhance the social, institutional, and organizational contexts in which people learn-schools, universities, and workplace settings among them. We accomplish these goals through conducting research, implementing innovative teaching and training programs, and evaluating and influencing policy. Our work is both multidisciplinary and collaborative. We have faculty and students who work in a variety of intellectual frameworks; the assumptions and differences of these frameworks are key to the discourse, the research and everything we do. Collaboration characterizes our research and teaching to address the enormous challenges facing all types of organizations.

My fellow faculty members and I are studying some of the most contested and complex educational issues of our times: school choice and charter schooling, pay for performance and incentives, access and equity for immigrant and at-risk students, financial aid policies, human resource policies for leadership development, and international comparisons. Our research has attracted strong support through extramural grant funding from prominent entities including, The Gates Foundation, The Institute of Education Sciences, The Lumina Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. We invite you to learn more about our work, our faculty and our students, and we hope you will stay in touch with us through our publications and website.

Ellen B. Goldring,
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education Policy and Leadership
Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations