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Research Conversations

We love research. And conversation. Now they’re combined.

We’re not the first folks to engage in dialogue about our research endeavors. We just perfected it!

A handful of times each semester, we give some time to a faculty to share their research with the rest of us. These one-hour (max!) sessions are always very compelling.

Upcoming schedule

March 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Kristin Huggins (Educational Leadership)

A critical need exists to understand how to support leadership development in all schools, but particularly in schools that have difficulty attracting and retaining effective school leaders who are able to meet challenging teaching and learning conditions. Though both urban and rural schools are challenged with attracting and retaining effective school leaders, the bulk of the attention afforded to school leadership development has centered on urban settings. Through the creation of the Leadership Learning Community, a research-practice partnership between a consortium of twelve rural school districts and two universities, a model was constructed for developing rural school leaders through transformative leadership coaching. By engaging in the initiative, the rural school leaders developed their abilities to increase data-informed decision making, create a culture that supports teaching and learning, and develop other leaders.

Kristin Huggins is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at WSU. Dr. Huggins’ teaching and research are focused on leadership development for curricular and instructional improvement, especially in under-resourced contexts. Dr. Huggins’ recent work has been focused on the Leadership Learning Community project, which constructed a rural school leadership development model through facilitation, coaching, and professional community. In 2018-2019, she was the chairperson of the American Educational Research Association Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group. Previously, Dr. Huggins’ served as an associate editor for Journal of Research on Leadership Education and Educational Administration Quarterly. She is a founding member of the Rural Innovative School Leadership Networked Improvement Community (RISL_NIC), which a part of the Carnegie Foundation NIC initiative.

April 7, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Jonah Firestone (Science Education)


Washington State University