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Shelby Cosner, PhD

Professor and Director of UIC's Center for Urban Education Leadership

Educational Policy Studies

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About

Shelby Cosner is a Professor of Educational Organization and Leadership in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is also the Director of UIC's Center for Urban Education Leadership (http://www.urbanedleadership.org). Her research interests include organizational change, school reform and improvement, leadership for school improvement, principal preparation/development/evaluation, and principal preparation program improvement.

She is an applied qualitative researcher whose work draws heavily from the organizational sciences, sociology, social psychology, and management. Her recent work appears in such peer-reviewed journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Educational Administration, the Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Urban EducationEducational Management Administration & Leadership, the Journal of Research on Leadership Education, and Planning and Changing. Working independently and with various colleagues, Cosner has obtained over 6M in external funding (e.g., US Department of Education, The Wallace Foundation, The McCormick Foundation, The Lyle Spencer Foundation, The Broad Foundation) as PI or Co-PI for various research or development/research projects.

Cosner has served as the Academic Program Director and Associate Program Coordinator for UICs Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership. In these roles she co-led program redesign and implementation over a multi-year timeframe using improvement science/inquiry cycles. This program is nationally recognized as a model principal preparation program, and it has received national awards and recognitions for its program quality including UCEA's 2013 award as an Exemplary Leadership Preparation Program (one of two programs nationally to receive this designation in its inaugural year ) and the 2012 Urban Impact Award from the Council of Great City Schools. She teaches a variety of leadership, school organization, and qualitative research methods courses for doctoral students in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Cosner has received multiple awards for her teaching including UIC's Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award in 2009 and UIC's most prestigious Career Teaching Award, the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

Cosner is recognized as an expert related to leader preparation, development, and evaluation. She has particular expertise related to leader learning designs and leadership coaching. She is regularly sought to design curriculum materials for the development of school and system leaders. In this work she has served as a curriculum developer and trainer of trainers for research/development centers, state departments of education, regional educational offices, and state superintendent/principal associations. She supported the design and pilot implementation of Wisconsin's state-wide principal evaluation system and she is currently leading the design and implementation of a multi-year federally funded principal development program for the Center for the Study of Education Policy. She consults with school districts throughout the US to provide development for senior/district-level leadership teams, senior leaders, school leadership teams, principals, and teacher leaders. Her work in these areas often focuses on leading cycles of inquiry and data use to inform organizational improvement and diagnosing/cultivating organizational resources that support improvement--such as teacher and leadership teams. She is also recognized as an expert related to principal preparation program improvement and evaluation. Through multi-year funding from The Wallace Foundation, she is currently leading UIC's efforts to support two universities (University of Connecticut and Western Kentucky University) as these institutions engage in work to improve their principal preparation programs. She also evaluates principal preparation and development programs for state departments of education and for universities.

Cosner is a former principal and district-level leader.

Selected Grants

The Wallace Foundation, Exemplary partner: University principal preparation initiative, Principal Investigator

Development and Innovation Grant for IES Education Research/Education Leadership CFDA 84.305A2017, Accelerating the Development of Leader Practice in Challenging Contexts (ALP-C2), Principal Investigator

The Wallace Foundation, Exemplary partner: University principal preparation initiative (2018), Principal Investigator

The Wallace Foundation, Exemplary partner: University principal preparation initiative (2016-17), Principal Investigator

U.S. Department of Education, Systems approach to school leader pipeline development, Co-principal Investigator

McCormick Foundation, PK-5 mathematics instructional improvement: Common Core for all learners, Principal Investigator

U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, Cycles of innovation and continuous improvement: A university/district partnership to produce transformative principals. School Leadership Program Grant., Co-principal Investigator

Faculty Scholarship Support Grant and Dean’s Research Support, Performance management accountability policy and sanctions: Examining productive organizational and school leadership responses, Principal Investigator

The Broad Foundation, Urban school leadership preparation, Co-Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Cosner, S. (under review). What makes a leadership preparation program exemplary? Journal of Research on Leadership Education.

Cosner, S., Leslie, D., & Shyjka, A. (in press). Instructional transformation tied to standards-based reforms: Examining a learning-focused approach to supporting school-wide implementation. Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Cosner, S., Walker, L., Swanson J., Hebert, M., & Whalen, S. (2018). Examining the architecture of leadership coaching: Considering developmental affordances from multifarious structuring. Journal of Educational Administration, 56(3), 364-380. Retrieve at: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/eprint/VD2UR4B7CQNDGVSRC6IP/full

Cosner, S., De Voto, C., & Andry Rah’man, A. (2018). Harnessing elements of the school context as a learning resource in school leader development. Journal of Research on Leadership Education,13(3), 238-255. Retrieve at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1942775118763872

 

Service to Community

Curriculum Developer and Trainer of Professional Developers, Leadership Coaches, and District Leaders, Illinois State University’sCenter for the Study of Education Policy. Federally funded through $16M multi-year federal grant programs including Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) and Education Innovation Research (EIR); project impacts roughly 150 principals in high needs urban, rural, and suburban schools in IL and related school districts; development being examined through randomized control trial. Normal, IL. 2017 to 2021. Professional Development Provider, UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership (CUEL). Summer institute provided to New Schools for Chicago Principals. Chicago, IL. Summer 2017.  Lead Curriculum Developer and Trainer of Training Team, Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy. Year-long curriculum development and training of a team of professional developers who will be training school principals. Normal, IL. 2017-2018. Executive Coach, Chicago Public Schools Academic Chiefs. Chicago, IL. 2017-2018.  Lead Developer and Professional Development Provider, Year-long development series for Chicago Public Schools senior leadership team/academic chiefs and department leaders. Chicago, IL2016-2018.  Co-Lead Developer and Professional Development Provider, Year-long development series for Chicago Public Schools network chiefs. Chicago, IL. 2016-2017. Developer and Professional Development Provider, Grafton School District. Multi-year development of system- and school-level leadership teams. Grafton, WI. 2015-2017.  Lead Curriculum Developer and Trainer of Training Team, DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE). Year-long principal development institute. DuPage, IL. 2015-2016.  Developer and Professional Development Provider, Green Bay School District, Multi-year redesign of central office administrative team, development of system-level leadership teams, and development of executive director/principal supervisors. Green Bay, WI. 2014-2016. Lead Curriculum Developer and Trainer of State-wide Training Team, School Administrators’ Institute for Transformational Leadership (SAIL), Association of Wisconsin School Administrator. Madison, WI. 2014.

Professional Leadership

Director of UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Chair, Program Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Ex-Officio, American Educational Research Association SIG-Leadership for School Improvement

Academic Program Director, Associate Program Coordinator Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chi, Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Director of Leadership Research and Development, Partnership READ. College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Notable Honors

2018, Master Professor, University Council for Educational Administration

2016, Reviewer of the Year, Journal of Research on Leadership Education

2016, UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching (Career Achievement Award), University of Illinois at Chicago

2009, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Education

2005 - PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Professional Memberships

Special Issues Guest Editor, Journal of Research on Leadership Educationforthcoming Spring 2020. 

Editorial Board MemberJournal of Education, 8 reviews from 2016-present. 

Editorial Board Member, Educational Administration Quarterly, 13 reviews from 2015-present. 

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 13 reviews from 2015- present.

Board Member, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Publications Board, 2015-present.

State and National Organizations:

Advisory Board Member, Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance, state-wide incubator for state’s principal pipeline policy strategy and programs, 2017- present. 

Member, The Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Program Initiative (UPPI) Professional Learning Community, 2016-present. 

Advisory Board Member, to University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and New Leaders/National Project on the Evaluation of School Leadership Preparation, 2014-2015.

Plenum Representative, for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), 2012-present.

Selected Presentations

Cosner, S. (August, 2018). A deeper look into robust residency experiences. Address to the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance Program Summit, Nashville, TN.

Cosner, S. (June, 2018). Strengthening the developmental support role of the mentor principal for aspirant learning and development during the clinical experience. Texas Education Agency’s Principal Preparation Initiative, Houston, TX.  

Cosner, S. (June, 2018). Designing robust clinical experiences for principal preparation. Expert panel member. The Wallace Foundation ‘s UPPI Convening, New York, NY.

Cosner, S., (May, 2018). Developing strong leaders: A national perspective. Expert panel member for Score Institute on School Leadership, Nashville, TN.

Cosner, S., (April, 2018). Examining the affordances and design of clinically-enacted course embedded work tasks in principal preparation. The Wallace Foundation’s UPPI Faculty PLC, Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S., & Tozer, S. (March, 2018). Building curricular coherence within the scope and sequence of leadership preparationLessons from UIC. University Council for Educational Administration Professional Development Network site visit, Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S., (March, 2018).  Beyond case-based learning: Developing practice through active learning routines. University Council for Educational Administration Professional Development Networked Improvement Community site visit, Chicago, IL. 

Cosner, S. (October, 2017). Transforming principal preparations: From vision to action. Keynote speaker at the Connecticut State Department of Education Connecticut Principal Preparation Program Convening, East Hartford, CT.

Cosner, S., (September, 2017). University of Illinois Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership doctoral program, logic model, program design and course sequencing and stranding. National Webinar for The Wallace Foundation’s UPPI Faculty PLC.

Cosner, S., (June, 2017).  Examining logic models and their utility to principal preparation and program improvement. Address to the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance, Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville, TN. 

Cosner, S., (April, 2017). Networked approaches to principal preparation program improvement. Keynote address to The Wallace Foundation, Educational Development Center Principal Pipeline Initiative National Training Provider PLC. Boston, MA.  

Cosner, S., & Korach, S., Burg, C., Taylor, W., & Mayfield, F. (January, 2017). Cultivating growth mindset in principal preparation programs. Expert panel at The Wallace Foundation, Educational Development Center Principal Pipeline Initiative National Training Provider PLC. Boston, MA.

Cosner, S., Korach, S., & O’Doherty, A. (December, 2016). Principal preparation logic models and outcomes. Expert panel at The Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) Professional Learning Community. New York, NY.

Cosner, S., & Hunt E., (December, 2016). Case in point: State principal preparation policy change in Illinois.  Invited talk to The Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) Professional Learning Community. New York, NY.

Cosner, S. (July, 2016). Harnessing the MTSS problem solving process for impact leadership. Keynote address to all Chicago Public School (CPS) principals at the CPS Summer Principals’ Institute. Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S. (June, 2016). Connecting system-level performance management to cycle of inquiry use for the improvement of student learning.  Keynote address to all Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Academic Officers and Academic Leaders. Chicago, IL.

Young, M., Cosner, S., & O’Doherty, A. (March, 2016). Questions answered about the exemplary educational leadership preparation program award and application process. Invited national webinar for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). 

Cosner, S., Shellinger, M., & Dougal, J. (November, 2015). Developing excellent school principals: Policy into practice. Expert panel at the Joint Meeting of National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Washington, DC.

Cosner, S. (October, 2015). Harnessing cycles of inquiry for the improvement of student learning across a network of diverse schools.Invited address to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Network Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs. Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S., Barron, C., Pietrini, N., & Raichoudhuri, R., (September, 2015). Rethinking pedagogy and projects in leadership development. Invited presentation to the School Leadership Preparation Development Network Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S., LaCoste, B., Albani, L., & Green, L. (September, 2015). Examining leadership coaching for principal preparation: Coaching for competency development. Invited presentation to the School Leadership Preparation Development Network Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S. (August, 2015). Using school-wide cycles of inquiry to improve teaching and student learning. Keynote Address to the Grafton School District. Grafton, WI.

Cosner, S. (February, 2015). Considering measures and metrics for school leadership program evaluation and improvement.  Invited national webinar hosted by the School Leadership Program Development Network.

Cosner, S. (January, 2015). How principals build organizational capacity to improve student learning.Keynote address to the Illinois School Leadership Advisory Council. Bloomington, IL.

Young, M., Cosner, S., & Burnett, P. (December, 2014). Filling the principal pipeline: University-district partnerships. Invited nation videoconference sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Cosner, S., Tozer, S., & Whalen, S. (September, 2014). Using data for school leadership preparation program improvement and evaluation. Invited presentation to the School Leadership Preparation Development Network Annual Convention. Long Beach, CA.

Cosner, S. (June, 2014). Using a cycle of inquiry for system and school improvement. Keynote address for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators  Institute for Transformational Leadership (SAIL) . Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Cosner, S. (June, 2014). Using a cycle of inquiry to diagnose and deliver on your greatest learning needs. Keynote address for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Wisconsin Association of District Administrators Wisconsin’s Annual State Quality Educator Convention. Madison, WI.

Cosner, S. (April, 2014). Distributed leadership: Advantages and challenges.  Expert panel at the U.S. Department of Education, School Leadership Program Project Director’s Conference. Washington, DC.

Cosner, S. (January, 2014). Strengthening district and school implementation of the Common Core. Invited address to the Illinois Governor’s P-12 Education Council. Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S. (October, 2013). Key school leadership approaches that support Common Core enactment. Keynote address to the Illinois Large Unit District Administrators (LUDA), Chicago, IL.

Cosner, S. (September, 2013). Cultivating system and school improvement in a context of multiple state policy initiatives: Rethinking the superintendent’s role. Keynote address at the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators Annual Convention. Madison, WI.

Cosner, S. (August, 2013). Principal preparation: Leader dispositions and disposition development. Expert panel member for The Wallace Foundation Principal Pipeline Initiative. Gwinnett, GA.

Cosner, S. (May, 2013). Principal evaluation processes and tools.  Keynote address for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Principal Supervisor Training for the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Cosner, S. (December, 2012). Sustaining innovative educational leadership preparation programs. Invited address for The Wallace Foundation, Educational Development Center Principal Pipeline Initiative National Training Provider PLC, New York, NY.Cosner, S. (October, 2012). Examining and assessing principal practice within the context of a state-wide principal evaluation system.Keynote address for the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System Developmental Pilot for Principal Supervisors. Wausa, WI.

Research Currently in Progress

Cosner, S. (under review). What makes a leadership preparation program exemplary? Journal of Research on Leadership Education.

Salisbury, J., Richard, M., & Cosner, S. (under review). Merging schools and communities: Engaging in activist leadership beyond your school walls. In J. Brooks, T. Watson, & A. Heffernan (Eds.), The school leadership survival guide: What to do when things go wrong, how to learn from mistakes, and why you should prepare for the worst. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Cosner, S., Walker, L., Swanson, J., & Hebert, M. (revise and resubmit). Leadership coaching from a learning resource perspective. Educational Administration Quarterly.

Cosner, S., Leslie, D., & Shyjka, A. (in press). Instructional transformation tied to standards-based reforms: Examining a learning-focused approach to supporting school-wide implementation. Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Cosner, S. (in press). Assembling the right team for implementing a continuously improving principal preparation program: Lessons learned at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In E. Hunt (Ed.), Reforming principal preparation at the state level:  Perspectives on policy reform from Illinois.