Saint Mary’s welcomed Maureen Spelman, Ed.D. to facilitate a workshop for faculty and advisors of the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration program as part of the ongoing effort to prepare educational leaders of character. Dr. Spelman currently serves as a Visiting Professor in the North Central College Educational Leadership program as well as the Coordinator for Character Initiatives related to the Kern Family Foundation Grant. The North Central College Educational Leadership program is grounded in program-specific leadership virtues, the development of leader character, and cultivating practical wisdom.

Dr. Spelman has been privileged to serve as a professional educator in various capacities. Her P-12 professional roles ranged from elementary and junior high school teacher to department chair and principal. In the more than 20 years Dr. Spelman has been in higher education, she has taught in a variety of education undergraduate and graduate programs and held roles ranging from adjunct instructor to full professor. In addition, she has provided professional development programs for parochial and public schools in the Chicago metropolitan area.

As a parent, teacher, administrator, consultant, and professor, Dr. Spelman has had numerous opportunities to observe the positive impact of high-quality teaching, strong school leadership, and school culture on student outcomes. Her vision is to build the capacity of leadership candidates so that they can go forward and bring Cultures of Character practices into the heart of their school communities. Her service and research agenda examines effective teacher preparation programs, recent trends in professional development practices, data driven interventions and instruction, and most recently the impact of character interventions on the development of educational leaders.

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