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Peabody Journal of Education, Volume 86, Issue 4, 2011

The Evolving Field of Education Politics and Policy, as Framed by the Scholarly Career of William Lowe Boyd, 1957 to 2008

 

Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organization is proud to dedicate this fall edition of the Journal to the accomplishments and achievements of William Lowe Boyd. Though known most for his time spent at Pennsylvania State University, where he researched the politics and policy of education, Boyd's interests proved far more diverse than those attributed to his time spent in academia. As such, this issue of the Journal explores not only Boyd's contributions to the field of education, but also his time spent supporting music education at the National Music Camp of Interlochen, Michigan, as well as his contributions as a mentor and friend.

The issue begins with an introduction by guest editors Robert Crowson, Douglas Mitchell, and Dorothy Shipps, which outlines the unique focus of this edition. The guest editors have crafted an issue that both memorializes Boyd's life while also continuing the conversations his research and writings set in motion. Following the edition's introduction is a summary article, also written by the guest editors, which provides an overview of the book Shaping Education Policy: Power and Process (published by the Rutledge Taylor & Francis Group). Based upon notes left behind by Boyd at the time of his passing, Shaping Education Policy explores a variety of policy issues, from insights on the last six decades of policy changes to an in-depth discussion of the challenges facing today's reform-minded policymakers. Like the summary of Shaping Education Policy, as well as the book itself, each of the articles that follows uses Boyd's legacy as a framework to further discuss the issues and causes in which he believed so passionately.

Section one of this edition focuses on Boyd's time spent as a leader in the academic field of education politics. Bruce Cooper and Donald Layton head this discussion with their article examining Boyd's contributions to the reframing of education politics in key academic institutions.

The issue then shifts in focus and tenor, providing readers with a four-part section memorializing William Boyd. Laurence Boggess and Dana Mitra, two of Boyd's colleagues at Penn State, review the path Boyd took to his post, chronicling his time as a band director, student, and mentor. Throughout all of this, Bill never lost his passion for politics and learning, as evidenced by the lives he touched and the people he changed. Don Smart next sheds light on Boyd's connection to Australia and his time spent working with individuals across the country. Told through the distinct voices of multiple colleagues and friends, Smart's memoriam paints a vivid picture of how important Australia was to Bill Boy and also how important Bill was to Australia. Edward Downing brings the discussion to one of Boyd's many passions-the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. Downing, who worked as the Director of the National Music Camp, reminisces about his time spent working with Bill, describing Bill's contributions to the camp as its Assistant Director as Boyd's tales from his more inauspicious days on Transportation Staff and as a member of the Stage Crew. As Downing puts it, "Interlochen was the thread that wove through Bill's career and through his life journey."

If Interlochen remained consistent throughout Boyd's life and career, each day of Interlochen proved a new adventure. Jennifer Wesling chronicles Boyd's daily camp activities in her piece about the rituals and routines of Bill's daily life at camp. Told with a smart sense of humor, Wesling's piece colors Boyd in a humorous and entirely human way, providing nice contrast to his innumerable academic accomplishments.

In its third and final distinct section, the issue delves into the topics Boyd researched and espoused so passionately. Bonnie Fusarelli and Jane Lindle begin the discussion with their piece on one of Boyd's passions-improving city and urban schools through community-linked programs. Claire Smrekar and Lydia Bentley provide an article on HOPE VI, a major alteration in public housing that was enacted in 1992. Closely linked to Boyd's passion for improving schools and communities, HOPE VI focuses on improving urban communities by improving housing environments and improving channels of communication. The next article by Heinz-Dieter Meyer and Katrina Bratge dissects important Supreme Court decisions from the perspective of contrary trends in public schools. The authors examine the role of the Supreme Court in addressing conflicts between students and administrations while also offering some possible solutions to strengthen the role of schools as institutions of academic and social learning.

Providing a summation of Bill Boyd's career, Curtis Brewer contributes an article outlining Boyd's many and diverse contributions to the examination of politics in education, crediting Boyd with reinvigorating the debate on school leaders as political figures. Robert Crowson concludes the issue with a piece focusing on the organizational systems of city schools. Beginning with a review of Boyd's scholarly work on organizational systems, the article discusses the impact of Boyd's collective work through the lens of today's urban school systems.

The Peabody Journal of Education would like to extend its gratitude to Robert Crowson, Douglas Mitchell, and Dorothy Shipps for coordinating this outstanding issue in remembrance of William Boyd.  We would also like to thank each of the authors that contributed their insightful stories, memories, and research to this excellent issue. We hope that the topics and tales presented in this special issue provide will shed light not only on William Boyd's contribution to the field of education policy and politics, but also to the people and individuals with whom he surrounded himself.


CONTENTS
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Original Articles

Introduction: The Evolving Field of Education Politics and Policy, as Framed by the Scholarly Career of William Lowe Boyd, 1957 to 2008
Robert L. Crowson, Douglas E. Mitchell and Dorothy Shipps
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 359-366.

Shaping the Education Policy Dialogue
Douglas E. Mitchell, Robert L. Crowson and Dorothy Shipps
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 367-372.

PART I - Bill Boyd Remembered as a Thinker, Developer, and Leader of Education Politics

Shaping the Politics of Education Association and Division L of the American Educational Research Association: Another William Lowe Boyd Legacy
Bruce S. Cooper and Donald H. Layton
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 373-379.

PART II - Bill Boyd Remembered as Mentor, Colleague, Scholar, and Fellow Musician

The Extraordinary Mentorship of Bill Boyd
Laurence B. Boggess and Dana Mitra
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 380-389.

Bill Boyd and the Australian Connection
Don Smart
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 390-394.

In Tribute to Bill
Edward J. Downing
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 395-398.

Welcome and "A Day in the Life ...": Camp Thoughts of Bill Boyd
Jennifer L. Wesling
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 399-401.

PART III - Insights and New Directions From the Scholarly Work of William Lowe Boyd

The Politics, Problems, and Potential Promise of School-Linked Social Services: Insights and New Directions From the Work of William Lowe Boyd
Bonnie C. Fusarelli and Jane Clark Lindle
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 402-415.

Hope VI Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Schools: Understanding How Revitalized Neighborhoods Influence School Environments
Claire E. Smrekar and Lydia Bentley
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 416-435.

Accommodation and Adjudication in Student-Administration Conflicts: The Difficult Legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court
Heinz-Dieter Meyer and Katrina Bratge
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 436-449.

School Leaders as Political Strategists: William Boyd's Contributions to our Understanding of the Politics of Leadership
Curtis Brewer
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 450-463.

The Study of Bureaucracy in Urban Education: Bill Boyd on the Organizational Dynamics of Large-City School Systems
Robert L. Crowson
Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 86, No. 4: pages 464-478.


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