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By Action in Education /
November 15, 2017 /
Posted in: Feature Article /
This is an opportunity for the COE to redefine and even expand the way we think about educational leadership.”
“I’m creating a not-for-profit that will work with those boys,” says Lloyd, a member of the first cohort earning a doctoral degree in educational leadership through a partnership between the COE’s Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum and Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police. She’s combining her educational and law enforcement experiences to try to change the outcome for such students.
Leodis Scott, an assistant professor in the educational leadership program, says, “It’s less about everyone wanting to lead schools and more about wanting to change communities or the environments that they’re in.” The first cohort is now working on dissertation ideas, which include topics such as enhancing the role of school resource officers, reducing the number of repeat offenders and preparing police to provide emergency medical care.
“This is an opportunity for the COE to redefine and even expand the way we think about educational leadership,” says Scott. “It enriches our program because we have to think about how to create a curriculum that’s more diverse and serves more leaders than only principals.”
Scott is excited about the potential for tangible solutions to violence and crime in Chicago to emerge from the program. “This is a huge opportunity for DePaul, the Chicago police and the City of Chicago. The nation is looking to us for leadership,” he says. “I’m excited to think that I may be a part of new ideas on how we can do things differently in areas like community policing and crime prevention.”
For her part, Lloyd is encouraging her colleagues to enroll. “I tell people all the time that it’s a great program; it’s a great school.”