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Challenge Friday: Improvement Science and the IRB - Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Improvement Work in the EdD
Friday, November 19, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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Challenge Friday: Improvement Science and the IRB - Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Improvement Work in the EdDTBD


Date: Friday, November 19th
Time: 1:00 PM ET

Join the co-editors of Improvement Science: Promoting Equity in Schools Deborah Peterson and Susan Carlile and CPED member Brad Bizzell in this interactive session highlighting the work of Portland State and Radford. The session will include strategies for navigating the institutional barriers to receiving IRB approval for using Improvement Science in the EdD dissertation. The session will include a brief presentation, followed by a small-group and large-group discussion to learn from and with one another as we promote the use of Improvement Science in our CPED-inspired dissertations. 




Brad Bizzell is the coordinator of the master’s and doctoral program in educational leadership at Radford University. Prior to his work in higher education, he worked for 25 years in public schools as teacher, principal and school improvement coordinator and continues to work with a consortium of rural public school districts on leadership development initiatives.

Susan Carlile has over 50 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, middle and high school principal, director of curriculum and Instruction for a large, suburban school district near Portland, Oregon. As an associate professor and program lead for the Educational Leadership and Policy Program, she has facilitated the leadership development of over 600 school leaders, received 18 grants for her work, and presented and published in dozens of state, national and international forums of leadership, including collaborating with change leadership researchers, Antony Bryk, Louis Gomez and Paul LeMahieu, Improvement Science experts. Susan Carlile has a BA in English and Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and Leadership certification from the University of Oregon and graduate work in education at the University of Washington and Harvard University. Most recently, her work has focused on examining the issues facing women in leadership positions and strategies for navigating the workplace to ensure gender, racial, ethnic, linguistic and socio-economic equity in education.

Deborah Peterson has been recognized as an award-winning leader and professor, published author, career coach, and accomplished speaker. Deborah Peterson has served in roles as varied as preparing students for international inter-cultural experiences, high school department chair, elementary and high school principal, human resources administrator, and university professor. With over 40 years of experience as an educator, she has taught future teachers, future administrators, current administrators and doctoral students, presented at state, national, and international conferences, received numerous grants, and published on various aspects of leadership for equity. Deborah is an Associate Professor at Portland State University, with a BA from the University of Washington and University of Oregon; MA from Portland State University, and EdD from Lewis and Clark College. She resides in Portland, Oregon, where she has successfully led numerous equity-focused initiatives in k-12 schools and at the university.

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