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Ellie Drago-Severson

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A., Long Island University
  • Ed.M. (Human Development and Psychology), Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.D. (Human Development and Psychology), Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University

Scholarly Interests

Leadership for adult development. Supporting teachers, principals, assistant principals, superintendents and other educational leaders in their professional and personal development in K-12 schools and adult education settings (domestically and internationally). Designing learning environments that support adult and leadership development. Coaching for growth. Adult learning and literacy. Enhancing doctoral research training. Qualitative research methodology.

Selected Publications


 Books

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (2016, forthcoming). The art of feedback: Tell me so I can hear you. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

 

Drago-Severson, E., Roy, P., & von Frank, V. (2015). Reach the highest standard in professional learning: Learning designs. Thousand Oaks: Corwin/Sage Press and Learning Forward.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (November 2012). Helping educators grow: Strategies and practices for leadership development. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.

 

Drago-Severson, E., Blum, J., & Asghar, A. (August, 2013). Learning for leadership: Developmental strategies for building capacity in our schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press/Sage, Inc. Selected as Learning Forward’s book of the month, Fall 2013.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (September 2009). Leading adult learning: Supporting adult development in our schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press/Sage and Learning Forward, Inc. Peer Reviewed. Bestseller. Selected as the National Staff Development Book of the Fall (2009).

 

Drago-Severson, E. (July 2004). Becoming adult learners: Principles and practice for effective development. New York: Teachers College Press.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (March 2004). Helping teachers learn: Principal leadership for adult growth and development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press/Sage. Bestseller. Awarded National Staff Development Council’s 2004 “Book of the Year.”

 

Monographs


Kegan, R., Broderick, M., Drago-Severson, E., Helsing, D., Popp, N., & Portnow, K. (September 2001). Executive summary: Toward a “new pluralism” in the ABE/ESOL classroom: Teaching to multiple “cultures of mind.”  NCSALL Monograph #19a. Boston: World Education.

 

Kegan, R., Broderick, M., Drago-Severson, E., Helsing, D., Popp, N. & Portnow, K. (August 2001). Toward a “new pluralism” in the ABE/ESOL classroom: Teaching to multiple “cultures of mind.” NCSALL Research Monograph #19. Boston: World Education.

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

Drago-Seveson, E. (2016, forthcoming). Teaching, learning, and leading in today's complex world: reaching new hieghts with a developmental approach. Article for special issue, "Where and What is Education Today: A Leadership Perspective." International Journal of Leadership in Education.

Drago-Severson, E. (October—December 2014). “My turn”: Women’s goals and motivations in a diploma program—A constructive-developmental approach. International Journal for Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 5(4), 1—19.

 

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (December 2015). Sustaining school leaders: Promising strategies for renewal and self-development.  Journal of Staff Development.

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (December 2014). Tell me so I can hear: A developmental approach to feedback and collaboration. Journal of Staff Development, 35(6),16-22.


Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (August 2014). Change no to yes: Leaders find creative ways to overcome obstacles to adult learning. The Journal of Staff Development, 35(4), 26-29.

 

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (March 2014). Leadership for transformational learning: A developmental approach to supporting leaders’ thinking and practice. Journal of Research on Leadership Education doi:10.1177/1942775114527082

http://jrl.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/03/17/1942775114527082.full.pdf+html

 

Drago-Severson, E. Maslin-Ostrowski, P., Hoffman, A. M., & Barbaro, J. (March 2014). Managing adaptive challenges: Learning with principals from Bermuda and Florida. Journal of Research on Education Leadership, 9(1), 6-33.

 

Drago-Severson, E., Maslin-Ostrowski, P., & Hoffman, A. (October—December 2013).  In one voice: Aspiring and practicing school leaders embrace the need for a more integrated approach to leadership preparation and development. International Journal for Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 4(4), 55-73.

 

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum, J. (January 2013). A new approach to new demands: The promise of learning-oriented school leadership. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 16(1), 1-33.

 

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J., Asghar, A. (November 2013). Learning and leading for growth: Preparing leaders to support adult development in our schools. Journal of School Leadership, 13, 1—35.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (December 2012). The need for principal renewal: The promise of sustaining principals through principal-to-principal reflective practice. Teachers College Record, 114(12), 1—56.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (March 2012). New opportunities for principal leadership: Shaping school climates for enhanced teacher development. Teachers College Record, 114(3), 1-30. Also available online 2/2011: http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=16304

 

Drago-Severson, E., Maslin-Ostrowski, P., & Hoffman, A. (April, 2012). Resisting fragmentation: Calling for a holistic approach to professional practice and preparation for educational leaders. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 7(1), 5—43.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (October 2011). How adults learn forms the foundation of the Learning Designs standard. Journal of Staff Development, 32(5), 10—12.

 

Drago-Severson, E., Asghar, A., Blum-DeStefano, J, & Roloff Welch, J. (April 2011). Conceptual Changes in Aspiring School Leaders: Lessons from a University Classroom. Journal of Research on Leadership Education 6(4), 83—132.

 

Drago-Severson, E., & Aravena, J. L. (April 2011). The power of connectivity: Multilayered program grooms assistant principals’ leadership skills. Journal of Staff Development, 32(2), 50—53.

 

Drago-Severson, E., Cuban, S., Daloz, K. (Fall 2009). ‘I got your back’: Looking closely at learner collaboration and leadership in three studies. Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 3(3), 140—150.

 

Drago-Severson, E. & Pinto, K. (2009). School leadership in support of teachers’ learning: The dramatic differences that financial resources make. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 8(4), 1—31.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (Fall 2008). 4 practices serve as pillars for adult learning: Learning-oriented leadership offers a promising way to support growth. The Journal of Staff Development, 29(4), 60—63. Feature article.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (2007). Helping teachers learn: Principals as professional development leaders. Teachers College Record, 109(1), 70—125.

 

Drago-Severson, E. & Pinto, K. (April-June, 2006). School leadership for reducing teacher isolation: Drawing from the well of human resources. The International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, 9(2), 129—155.

 

Articles (theory-driven and application oriented)


Drago-Severson, E., Blum, J., & Asghar, A. (December 2011). Learning and leading for school transformation: Lessons from practicing leaders on building human capacity. Leadership in Focus 24, 38—40. Victoria, Australia.

 

Drago-Severson, E. & Blum-DeStefano, J. (May 2011). Leading and learning together (part 2): Promising practices for principals supporting adult development. Instructional Leader, (24)3, 9—12. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Austin, Texas.

           

Drago-Severson, E. & Blum-DeStefano, J. (March 2011). Leading and learning together (part 1): Promising practices for principals supporting adult development. Instructional Leader, (24) 2, 10—12. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Austin, Texas.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (Fall 2009). How do you “know”?  Yes! Magazine, p. 47.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (Summer 2006). Learning-oriented leadership:  Transforming a school through a program of adult learning. Independent School Journal, 58—62.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (March 2006). How can you better support teachers’ growth? The Learning Principal, 1(6), 1, 6 & 7. National Staff Development Council.

 

Drago-Severson, E. (January 2005). How principals help teachers learn and grow: Practices and principles for effective and sustaining professional development. The Texas Principals’ and Supervisors’ Newsletter, 1-10.

 

honors and awards

Invited to serve on New York City Advisory Group for the Young Global City Leaders study, taking place in London, New York City and Toronto (2013—present)

 

Invited to serve on the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Council for 2012-2016

 

Journal of Research on Leadership Education’s Editorial Board Member (2011-present)

 

Immunity to Change Developmental Coach (2011-present)

 

Director & Designer of new PhD Program in Education Leadership (2010-present)

 

Elected Member-at-Large (2010-2012), Teaching and Learning in Educational Leadership SIG, American Educational Research Association

 

Chair and Member of Selection Committee for the 2011, 2012 Robert Kottkamp Outstanding Dissertation Award (2010-2012, awarded by the Teaching and Learning in Educational Leadership SIG, American Educational Research Association)

 

Leading adult learning: Supporting adult development in our schools (Drago-Severson, 2009) appeared as #8 of top ten books in Educational Leadership (Amazon, May 2010).

 

Leading Adult Learning (Corwin/Sage, 2009) awarded National Staff Development Council Book of the Fall 2009.

 

Three outstanding teaching awards for three different classes from Teachers College Dean’s Office (2005-2006).

 

2005 Morningstar Award for Excellence in Teaching, an annual prize made to the teacher at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education voted outstanding by students, faculty and administration.

 

National Staff Development Council 2004 “Book of the Year” for Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development.

Volunteer of the Year Recognition Award for Distinguished Service on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Learning Center, (June 2002).

 

Commencement speaker (June 2002). Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Bronx, New York.

Spencer Foundation Research Grant Award, HGSE (July 2000-June 2001).

 

Commencement speaker (June 1999). Saint Barnabas High School, Bronx, New York.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education (February 1997-August 2001).

 

Harvard Extension School Dean’s Commendation for Distinguished Teaching (1998-99)

 

Advanced Doctoral Fellow Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education (1994-96)

 

Spencer Faculty Mentor (Spring 1999)

 

Academic Excellence Award in Biology, Long Island University (1986)

 

Certified Teacher in New York and Florida (Permanent)

 

Phi Delta Kappa, Harvard University Chapter

 

Phi Eta Honors Society (Phi Beta Kappa criteria)

 

Tri Beta National Biological Honors Society     

principal publications

ORLA 4044: Leadership for adult development

In this course we will explore an expanded notion of leadership that includes supporting adult development as a focal concern. Participants interested in organizational and individual leadership and growth, especially teachers, principals, superintendents, and other leaders, will study how constructive-developmental theory and pillar practices for supporting adult growth can enable leaders to support adults transformational learning. Permission of the instructor is required.

ORLA 4900: Research and independent study in educational leadership

For students wishing to pursue independent study and/or research on topics not covered in regular courses. Requires faculty member's approval of a study plan, reading list, and final paper or other products or projects. Permission required from individual faculty.

Centers and Projects

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals
Website: http://www.cahnfellows.org