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CANCELLED Challenge Friday: Supporting Doc Students through Imposter Syndrome
Friday, May 27, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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CPED Challenge Friday

 Supporting Doc Students through Imposter Syndrome

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

This session will consider the intellectual disposition of EdD students, that may present as insecurity, arrogance, or uncertainty – and the challenges inherent in scaffolding all students toward the complex and rigorous thinking required to address their problems of practice. Together we will differentiate between intellectual insecurity and arrogance (to be overcome) and how intellectual uncertainty may be an avenue to deep learning. 

This challenge session will begin with preliminary input from participants on characteristics of their typical students, differences in preparation that may exacerbate intellectual insecurities among students, and consideration of intellectual uncertainty as an asset. We will present potential framing to promote productive intellectual uncertainty as a set of ideas to consider – not with certainty but with the inquiry associated with challenging, intellectual, content.



Harriette Thurber Rasmussen

Dr. Harriette Thurber Rasmussen has spent the last three decades coaching educational leaders and their systems toward greater capacity. A member of the consultant cohort piloting an integration of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government for educational leaders, her practice is strongly influenced by frameworks and perspective from each institution and embodies cutting edge research around student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the socio-political aspects of executive leadership. She also served as a faculty member for the Coach Learning Program of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group and participated in the research and development of their systemic change framework.

Dr. Rasmussen joined the Drexel faculty in 2021 where she teaches doctoral courses in leadership and qualitative research. Previously she taught and chaired doctoral committees for Northeastern University and developed a new competency-based Masters in Digital Teaching and Learning for Fielding Graduate University. She was a founding director and secretary of Educurious Partners, a nonprofit organization that combines project-based learning with an expert network and technology and she has developed synchronous and asynchronous learning modules for Harvard University’s Programs in Professional Education. Dr. Rasmussen has consulted internationally around leadership, learning networks, organizational effectiveness, and community engagement. Her clients have included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington State Board of Education, American Institutes for Research, and school districts ranging in size from 800 to 50,000.

John Gould

Dr. John M. Gould has more than 52 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which he has specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, transformative leadership development, curriculum innovation and the effective implementation of new technologies in learning environs. His studies and work in these areas are a natural outgrowth of his advanced degrees in education, including both an MS from Duquesne University and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. For the past 10 years, he has served a Clinical Professor at Drexel University and helped in co-designing the EdD program in Educational Leadership and Change. 

His work and research are informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and in other leadership positions within Pennsylvania school districts. Dr. Gould has penned many articles on school innovation and sustainability. Throughout his career, he presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels focused on rethinking the design of schools. He also has served as the project manager in charge of crafting a "shared vision and action plan" for former Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). 

Dr. Gould is grounded in “regenerative thinking,” “Theory U,” regenerative design thinking.” These are actualized through a strong commitment to the concept of “learning organizations” focused on developing the essence, potential, and capacities of every child within school systems. The essential question he asks all to consider is: given the rapid changes in social media, medicine, nanotechnology, the environment, and globalization, how do we cope with the need to innovate and design new learning environs for creating a sustainable future for our children? 


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