Educational Leadership & Policy

The programs in Educational Leadership & Policy (EDL) advance knowledge and address enduring, contemporary, and future issues in education by:

  • Engaging in research grounded in broader current socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts (i.e., market-based reforms, school safety, culturally responsive leadership, controversies of globalizing educational policy, and external pressures on schooling);
  • Addressing the significance of the historical and the changing contexts of education
  • Exploring the issues of social justice for the educational equity and opportunities of all students; and
  • Disrupting persistent discourses around “achievement gaps” undergirded by xenophobia, racism, linguicism, classism, and homophobia.  

Graduates of EDL adapt to a changing world, predict the consequences of proposed action, and sustain continuous education improvements over time. They develop and refine their abilities as leaders to empower, inspire, and guide the performance of others in achieving the desired goals across varied education contexts, including but not limited to schools and school districts.

Educational Leadership & Policy prepares leaders to achieve results in the nation's schools by translating theory and knowledge into practice, applying skills in interpersonal relations and political diplomacy, applying research and data-based, decision-making skills, and following ethical principles.

A practical application

Emphasis is placed on the practical application of critical theory and knowledge to leadership in education. Instruction recognizes and incorporates the principles of adult learning with courses, seminars, and other educational experiences featuring reflection, group, discussion, simulations, problem-solving, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and critical theory from a variety of disciplines (e.g., anthropology, sociology), as well as leadership and policy studies.

Education Policy Center

We are the home of the Education Policy Center!

Our core faculty

Dr. Norma González (right) receives the Arizona School Administrators Dissertation Award from the organization’s past president, Dr. Lupita Hightower (left).
Dr. Norma González

Dr. Norma González, who earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy, is the incoming principal of Catalina High School in Tucson Unified School District. Dr. González’s foundation and expertise in culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy and instruction will serve the diverse students and community at Catalina well. She aims to ensure that students see themselves reflected in the curriculum and that the teaching practices are responsive to her community of learners. Moreover, guided by a vision of academic excellence, she will work diligently to ensure students develop their potential and are college and career ready. As the instructional leader, Dr. González is in a position to work with her teachers to engage them in developing instructional practices that validate students' cultures and experiences as well as emphasize social justice. Finally, at the Arizona School Administrators 2022 Summer Conference, Dr. González received an ASA Outstanding Dissertation Award in the state of Arizona. Her dissertation documented the training of all teachers in TUSD in the implementation of the framework for culturally responsive teaching.

(Photo Caption: Dr. Norma González (right) receives the Arizona School Administrators Dissertation Award from the organization’s past president, Dr. Lupita Hightower (left).