Educational leadership and policy studies PhD student Natalie Lewis has been selected by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as part of the 2017-2019 Jackson Scholars Program. The Jackson Scholars Program develops future faculty of color for the field of educational leadership and policy.

Lewis is the current Assistant Principal at McAuliffe Manual Middle School, part of the Denver Public School (DPS) system. A graduate of DPS Manual High School, Lewis is began her career as a substitute teacher in Philadelphia. Her experience led her to pursue an advanced degree in education in order to be a leader to underserved populations.

“I am excited, honored, and extremely privileged to receive this award,” Lewis said. “This sets me on a path to my ultimate goal to blend educational theory and practice.”

Lewis plans to utilize this program to create more equitable opportunities where educators can integrate research into their schools and classrooms.

The UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network began in November 2003 after a vote of the members of the UCEA Plenum. The two-year program provides formal networking, mentoring, and professional development for graduate students of color intending to become professors of educational leadership.

UCEA facilitates the development of a robust pipeline of faculty and graduate students of color in the field of educational leadership. As a result, Barbara Jackson Scholars and Alumni enhance the field of educational leadership and UCEA with their scholarship and expertise.

MCE ELPS Program Receives 2014 UCEA Award_2Morgridge’s very own Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Principal Preparation Program has been awarded the 2014 UCEA Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award.  This award as presented by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognizes ELPS for having well involved district partnerships, demanding recruitment and selection processes, faculty capacity, and program effectiveness, among many other factors.

ELPS shares this prestigious award with North Carolina State University’s Northeast Leadership Academy. The award along with a $7,000 cash prize will be presented to the ELPS Principal Preparation Program at the UCEA Awards Luncheon, Thursday, November 20th, 2014, at the 28th annual UCEA Convention in Washington, DC.

Let’s congratulate ELPS for this outstanding honor!


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