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University of Iowa News Release

June 5, 2006

UI College Of Education Receives Carver Grant For Leadership Symposium

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has given the University of Iowa College of Education a $19,750 grant to support a summer symposium for Iowa school principals.

The symposium, "How Can We Improve Schools if We Don't Have the Right Theory?" is being organized by Susan Lagos Lavenz and Marcus Haack, clinical associate professors in the College of Education's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (EPLS).

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 13 in Hotel Vetro at 201 South Linn St., Iowa City. Attendance is by invitation only. The Institute for School Executives also supports the event.

Lagos Lavenz and Haack say that recent research has illustrated the necessity to assist and support new principals as they face myriad challenges and issues in their schools. Today's elementary and secondary school administrators are experiencing increasing demands on their time and expertise, despite little or no professional support following their formal training in leadership.

"There is concern that many recent graduates of postsecondary administration and leadership programs are unprepared to effectively serve in their new roles," Lagos Lavenz said.

The conference will serve as a leadership development day for current Iowa school principals. It will bring together veteran school leaders, new principals and students of educational leadership to discuss important contemporary issues, including working in a position of isolation, effective professional development and never-ending workloads.

Guest speaker for the event is Thomas Sergiovanni, the Lillian Radford Professor of Education and Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Sergiovanni received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from the State University of New York, Geneseo; his master's degree in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; and his doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Rochester. He is a former associate editor of Educational Administration Quarterly and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education and Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. He has published numerous books on the topics of school improvement and leadership. His latest book is "Strengthening the Heartbeat: Leading and Learning Together in Schools."

The Carver Trust has been supporting the UI since the trust began its grant-making activities in 1987, and it has made gifts to UI programs every year since that time. In addition to gifts to the College of Education, the trust has supported the UI Carver College of Medicine; the UI Colleges of Dentistry, Engineering, Law and Liberal Arts and Sciences; UI Libraries; Hancher Auditorium; UI athletics; student aid; and other UI programs.

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