2019 June Convening: University of Nebraska Lincoln
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6/10/2019 to 6/12/2019
When: Monday, June 10-12
12:00 PM

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 Updated Draft Agenda - 2019 June Convening


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Convening Agenda Format

Day 1 – 10 AM – 4 PM Registration & Workshops
Day 2 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration, Sessions & Learning Exchanges
Day 3 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Sessions & Learning Exchanges

 Assuring Quality, Transformation, and Brand in CPED-influenced EdD programs: Envisioning quality standards while meeting the needs of scholarly practitioners

June 10-12, 2019

Hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Innovation Campus Conference Center

* Shuttle buses will be provided from the hotels to the conference center.
* People who drive can park in the designated space shown on this map.

Convening & Registration Information



Each workshop will be offered Monday, June 10, 2019 from 12 -4 PM. Registration for pre-Convening workshops is $50 per workshop.

Coaching & Mentoring from the Starting Line Through the First Mile of an EdD Program 

Facilitators: Marjorie Ringler, Heidi Puckett, and Travis Lewis, East Carolina University

This workshop will facilitate learning activities for participants to reflect on their current admissions processes and offer advising and coaching strategies to restructure their admissions. The workshop will focus on strategies that result in diversification of the incoming cohort and selecting candidates that are the best fit for scholarly practitioner preparation programs. Participants will practice interview protocols and receive copies of sample candidate skills assessments.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Practice ways to incorporate advising in the admission process, beginning with the interview process
  • Practice protocols to assess candidates skills and brainstorm strategies that may work at their institutions
  • Gain knowledge and practice ways to strengthen advising and mentoring during the first 6 hours of a CPED influenced EdD program.

Defining and Operationalizing Social Justice in EdD Programs

Facilitator: Kate Strom, Eric Haas, Mari Gray, Ardella Dailey, and G. Reyes, California State University - East Bay

Social-justice focused preparation is for all leaders, regardless of setting or student demographic, who seek excellence in their educational settings. Accordingly, the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) promotes the development and continuous improvement of professional doctorate programs that are are “framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice” (CPED, 2016). However, the construct of “social justice” itself has proven to be a divisive and elusive one in education, with many institutions shying away from using the terminology because it is considered too political or has variable meanings.
We maintain that using the term “social justice” in professional doctorate programs focused on education is an important political act that can be made even more powerful by 1) explicitly defining the way the term is conceived in a particular program and articulating the bodies of theoretical literature from which that definition is constructed (Grant & Agosto, 2008); and 2) actively connecting that contextual conceptualization of social justice to the ways it informs action in the doctoral program—from initial program development, to coursework, to student advising, to research methods, to dissertation.
In this workshop, we will invite participants to reflect on and dialogue about their program’s definition of social justice and the ways they operationalize social justice in multiple program facets. As such, we encourage participants to attend with at least one other member from their institution. Participants will also have the chance to hear from other programs regarding their own programmatic work around social justice. To anchor the conversation, California State University, East Bay’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice faculty will provide examples of our own social justice stance and alignment work. 

Are Methods Enough?

Facilitator: William Firestone, Rutgers University & Andrew Leland, Southern Illinois University

In order to “prepare leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference” (CPED Principle #2), leaders need to understand how to find, conduct and interpret research.  But is that enough?  What else should leaders be able to do, and how should EdD programs prepare leaders to have the skills to promote research and evidence use? Drawing on a study of four exemplary education doctorate programs from around the country, this workshop will help you identify your program’s strengths and weaknesses at promoting evidence use among graduates and generate plans to make improvements relevant to that goal.  While we will consider how you teach research methods, we will also consider issues related to teaching leadership and organizations and the kinds of projects and activities that can promote skills at supporting evidence use. The program will begin by considering teaching cases based on our field work and move into a series of activities and exercises for considering your own program.  

Using Protocols to Support the Dissertation-in-Practice Experience

Facilitator: Nancy Fichtman Dana, University of Florida

As a follow up to her 2018 June convening large group learning exchange focused on the use of protocols to facilitate productive conversations about the professional practice doctorate, join Nancy Fichtman Dana in this workshop to explore the ways protocols can be used within EdD programs themselves with a particular focus on supporting EdD students through several critical junctures in their Dissertation-in-Practice journeys.  We’ll briefly explore one model for actualizing CPED principles within the dissertation-in-practice experience to contextualize the session, and subsequently learn several protocols designed to help EdD students: (1) explore problems of practice, (2) select a problem of practice for study, (3) frame the problem as a research question, (4) develop a plan for study, and (5) analyze data. 


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Early Bird Registration (Until April 15)      $185

Late Registration                                       $230

*Registration closes May 20, 2019


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1040 P Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

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Lincoln, NE 68508

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Hilton Garden Inn

801 R Street 
Lincoln, NE 68508

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There are two airports that serve Lincoln—Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) and Omaha’s Eppley Field (OMA).  LNK is only 10 minutes from UNL’s campus and downtown, but it is only served by about 10 flights a day on Delta and United with direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Omaha Eppley is an hour away and has many more flights from many more originating cities on many more airlines. If you find a good connection into LNK then by all means take it, but OMA may actually prove both more convenient and cheaper.

Car Rental and Airport Shuttle:

While it’s easy to rent a car at Eppley and to drive the hour to Lincoln, Omalink (http://www.omalink.com/) offers convenient shuttle service if you make a reservation.


Finally, there is also Amtrak service into Lincoln (the California Zephyr) from Chicago in the East and San Francisco in the West.  That’s likely a fun way to arrive, but because it uses freight rail tracks (and must defer to the movement of freight), it is often late.




Call for June 2019 Learning Exchanges - CLOSED

THEME:  Assuring Quality, Transformation, and Brand in CPED-influenced EdD Programs

We seek exchange proposals focused on defining and demonstrating quality, tying that quality to transformative practice, and building the name, or brand, of how we promote the EdD. 

To learn about and submit an exchange, View the Full Call Online.


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