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Comprehensive Doctoral
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The School of Education and Human Services

St. John's University
 

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"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."  ~Henrik Ibsen

This web project is a comprehensive digital portfolio presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctor of education degree program of St. John's University, School of Education and Human Services, Center for Educational Leadership and Accountability. The various folios present my understandings about education and change, as well as my personal opinions and experiences that give meaning and form to my life as a teacher and leader. Thank you for taking the time to view this project.

Understanding one's self both in terms of personal mastery and mental models is fundamental to leadership (Senge, 1990). The St. John's program has enabled me to apply myself personally and academically to allow various theoretical rationales and conceptual frameworks to serve as lenses for viewing schools and communities. I have been challenged to understand myself as a learner, a teacher and a leader at the demanding level of doctoral work.

The most powerful  lens through which to view leadership is the concept of the constructivist leader who can engages the community in reciprocal exchanges and ongoing conversation that builds new meaning and distributes leadership (Lambert, 2002). The constructivist leader is a leader who can tell the stories of shared purpose and shared meaning helping others to grow and lead. Through the academic and personal leadership demonstrated in the St. John's program, I have come to a greater understanding of myself as a learner, a teacher, and a leader who cares for and serves others through purposeful vision, learning together, and community building.

Navigating and understanding this web site:
The web site is organized according to the requirements of the doctoral digital portfolio of St. John's University. The viewer may use the hyperlinks in the upper left to explore the various folios of the portfolio. Please return to the home page if lost and be aware that the main folio hyperlinks will always appear on the left in the main web. Artifacts of the various folios are in pages below the main page of the folio and will appear as hyperlinks on the right or on the folio page. Course assignments and other learning activities of the learner folio may be accessed through the coursework subweb.

The professional folio contains basic information about my professional life and includes links to downloadable documents in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (PDF). The learner folio is the bulk of the coursework and artifacts created in the learning process which began with coursework in February 2002. The learner folio may also be viewed through the coursework subweb. The expert folio is application of skills and knowledge gained through this program of study to my work as an educator and leader in the public schools and community.

Finally, the scholar folio is the culminating work of the program that provides the foundation for continued study, a dissertation proposal in progress, and synthesis of the overall program as I intend to apply it to future learning. In effect, skills and information gathered in the scholar folio become integrated knowledge for continuous improvement of my mind, my study, and my capacity for service and leadership.

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Written documents, graphic representations, multimedia presentations, and collaborative work with members of Cohort Two are found in the main folios:

bulletProfessional Folio
bulletLearner Folio
bulletExpert Folio
bulletScholar Folio

A Word about the Personal Folio
From this page you may learn more about me personally if you wish. I have included some information about my family, other writing, photos I have taken, information about my work fifteen years ago as a high school theater director and teacher of English, and my current leadership role in The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents.

Technical Matters:

bulletA table of contents button will appear on each page for both the main web and the coursework subweb. The table of contents for each web will include the complete content the website with hyperlinks to all files.
bulletA bibliography page is provided; author names are hyperlinked to this page.
bulletSome of the folio artifacts will be viewed as PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Multimedia presentations are set to run in the Internet browser window as executable files.
bulletA subweb called the coursework web may be navigated through its main page or the viewer may simply return to the page. The expert folio contains a subweb as well.
bulletWhen in doubt, use the back button of the Internet browser or return to this page, the home page.

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