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Ellie Drago-Severson

Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson is an Associate Professor of Education leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership. Her Ed.M. and Ed.D. are from Harvard, where she taught from 1997 - 2005. As a teacher and qualitative researcher, she is passionate about school leadership for adult development, supporting principals, teachers and other school leaders in their professional and personal growth and learning, and transformational learning across the life span. Drago-Severson's work centers on bridging research and practice. Her research and teaching passions include school leadership, qualitative research methods, and supporting adult development in K-12 schools, ABE/ESOL programs and higher education contexts. Ellie is the author of three recent books: Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools (Corwin/Sage pub, 2009), Becoming Adult Learners: Principles and Practices for Effective Development (Teachers College Press, 2004) and Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership For Adult Growth And Development (Corwin Press, 2004). Helping Teachers Learn was awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year for 2004 by the National Staff Development Council. And, NSDC selected Leading Adult Learning as their book for the Fall 2009. Ellie is currently writing, Creating Spaces that Nurture Leadership Development, which will be published by the Harvard Education Press in 2011, and Leading and Learning Together (Corwin/Sage Press, 2011). Her recent books, teaching and research explore the value of practices that support the process of adult development. A developmental psychologist, Dr. Drago-Severson's work is inspired by the idea that schools must be places where adults as well as children can grow. She served as lead researcher on the Adult Development Team of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) with Robert Kegan at Harvard University and consults to schools and educational leaders on matters of principal and teachers' professional development, and leadership that supports adult development and learning. Ellie has and does serve as teacher, program designer, program director, consultant, and professional developer in a variety of educational contexts including higher education, Adult Education Community Centers, and K-12 schools domestically and internationally.