MEMBER NEWS
Casey T. Jakubowski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) has successfully defended his Ph.D. in rural education leadership and policy at SUNY Albany. Using a qualitative approach to examine three sources of information generated from four communities during attempts at consolidating rural schools, the dissertation found that school and newspaper generated narratives are closer in alignment than online discussion narratives. Casey has also been named a national Sigma Phi Epsilon university partner for his efforts with the New York Delta chapter, the Eastern Region, and as an example of a faculty fellow for national volunteers. 
Additionally, Casey has written and published a book, titled Thinking about Teaching (2020) from Edumatch Publishers, where he reflects upon and examines his personal experiences as a rural social studies teacher during the height of the reform movements. The chapters, written for students, beginning, and experienced teachers, include thought-provoking questions for each section, which can be used in PLCs, book circles, and introductory education classes.
 
Jess L. Gregory (Southern Connecticut State University) published the book entitled: School Leadership for Learning: Learning Theory to Improve Professional Practice (ISBN 978-1-77330-932-3). The book is available in an online, interactive text. You can preview the book at https://app.tophat.com/e/036998. A paperback version is also available through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1773309323
 
Soljane Martinez (Soljane Martinez Consulting, LLC) is aiming to defend her dissertation in March on her study entitled: The Culturally Responsiveness House of Mirrors: Perceptions Versus Reality. She is also presenting workshops around culturally responsive teaching at the School Redesign in Action Conference (MA) and Deeper Learning 2020 (CA) in March.
 
Mary E. Yakimowski has flown south. She is now employed by Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where she serves as a professor, director of the doctoral program, and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, which serves approximately 250 students. Her first seven doctoral candidates, whom she chaired through their dissertation process, graduated December 2019.
 

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