CPED Colleague Named as Finalist for Brock Prize in Education Innovation

CPED Colleague Named as Finalist for Brock Prize in Education Innovation

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Dr. Stephen Pape - Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Stephen Pape was named as a finalist for the 2020 Brock Prize in Education Innovation for his leadership in designing and implementing an online EdD program at Johns Hopkins University. The online EdD program has the same rigor as a face-to-face program and is available to students globally. The innovation behind the design of JHU’s EdD program prepared scholarly practitioners to leverage leadership skills in creating a positive educational impact in all sectors of the 21st century economy.

The idea behind creating the JHU online EdD program

JHU’s Dean of Education had a goal to give more focus to their EdD program while also being involved in the movement of creating a Framework for EdD education and training. JHU created this online EdD to deliver the same rigor as an in-person program while also being accessible to international students.

Through this online EdD program, JHU attracts students who have advanced in their careers as practitioners and leaders. The program is designed to build upon the students’ leadership skills and develop them into Scholarly Practitioners that impact the educational aspects of their organizations and sectors.

What is the Brock Prize?

The Brock Prize in innovation is “built upon the belief that the most important thing we do in life is to educate the next generation.” The Brock Prize is awarded to ideas, not people, that have “global impact, universal accessibility, and a proven track record.” Winners of the Brock Prize are awarded $40,000, a vellum certificate, and a bust of Sequoyah.

How is the Brock Prize determined?

Each year, nine jurors are selected who are committed to the excellence of education and have extensive leadership experience across education. Jurors come from a wide spectrum of leaders in education. The selection of jurors is a very critical piece to finding educator leaders. Jurors only serve once.

Each juror finds potential nominees and presents a rationale for nominating them. Once a juror has a nominee that gets the green light to move forward in the process, the juror becomes that nominee’s champion. The juror then creates an extensive nomination profile for the nominee.

Jurors select the winner – titled as the year’s Laureate – in a one-day meeting. Each juror spends 30-minutes describing their nominee and answering questions about them. Then the jurors vote to select the Laureate. All finalists are featured as runner-up nominees with a profile of their innovative work included on the Brock Prize website.

Why Dr. Pape was nominated

Dr. Pape created JHU’s EdD program based on design principles in the CPED Framework. The Framework is the bedrock upon which the program is built. With the same rigor as a traditional EdD program, Scholarly Practitioners who come out of this program are making innovative changes as leaders in education. The program attracts traditional and non-traditional educators and leaders to give them the scholarly and practitioner skills they need to make changes in their organizations and industries. 

Here’s just a few examples of how graduates of JHU’s EdD program are making an impact as leaders:

  • Making changes to how nurses are trained and educated
  • Training United States Air Force pilots
  • Creating educational policy changes in Louisiana
  • A Superintendent in Louisiana
  • An ex-IBM executive who wanted to become an administrator in education and is now the President of a university in the Midwest.

As Dr. Rich Rosen of Johns Hopkins University Dr. Rosen stated in his nomination profile for Dr. Pape, “Over the course of an educator’s career, a great teacher may influence 10,000 students. A great school administrator may influence 1,000 teachers. However, a Scholarly Practitioner prepared by JHU will share the education innovation environment for generations.”

“Scholarly Practitioners who create environments that allow for innovation and leadership development can influence thousands of innovators who will make an exponential impact.”

Sharing innovative stories is the goal

The Brock Prize is much more than just a competition and an award. The goal behind the Brock Prize is to share the stories of leaders who are making innovative changes in education. The hope is to inspire more people to follow in these leaders’ footsteps and become innovators themselves.

You can learn more about the Brock Prize at brockprize.org.

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