Thursday, April 25, 2013

UNO COEHD Interim Dean Accepted to Elite Education Management Institute


The University of New Orleans proudly announces that April Whatley Bedford, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, has been accepted to the 2013 Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, a professional program offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The highly competitive leadership program is for deans, vice presidents and provosts who have five to 12 years of administrative experience. The institute will take place June 16-28 at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

The Institute for Management and Leadership in Education is designed to help participants determine how well positioned their institutions are to meet current and future challenges and to better prepare participants to lead organizational change. The program covers issues including: mastering new approaches to leadership, developing and implementing effective strategies, evaluating the impact of new initiatives and alliances, realigning faculty and financial resources and understanding and overcoming the challenges of organizational change.

Bedford became interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development in November 2010. She is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and served as department chair from 2006 to 2010.

Bedford teaches courses in elementary literacy, curriculum, and qualitative research methods and works extensively with doctoral students at UNO COEHD, which offers the only doctoral program in educational administration in the University of Louisiana System and prepares more educational personnel than any other college in metropolitan New Orleans.

Her professional interests include literacy, children's literature and narrative research. She is a past editor of the Journal of Children's Literature; the chair of the 2008 Notable Books for a Global Society committee; past president of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association; board member of the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English; incoming chair of the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts committee; and a member of the publications committee of the Association for Childhood Education International.

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