2021-22 | SCOPE 17 | YEAR 1
Leadership Development Program for Outstanding School Leaders
The University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development (EHD) in cooperation with leading Virginia school divisions through the UVA K-12 Advisory Council, offers a two-year leadership development program comprised of rotating cohorts of high potential school administrators.
This program is limited to school divisions who are current members of the UVA K-12 Advisory Council (K12AC). The purpose of the program is to develop and support a cadre of exemplary leaders (current principals, assistant principals, and central office instructional specialists) through the establishment of a statewide community of educational leaders and practitioners.
All SCOPE participants are nominated by their School Division each spring.
Cost per person: $975 for both Yr-1 & Yr-2 (credit card payments only) which includes instruction, instructional materials for 11 sessions (6 in year 1, 5 in year 2).
- Workshops: Facilitated sessions with invited instructors addressing five, major domains of leadership
- Capstone Projects: Small group professional learning focused on self-selected problems of practice that are supported with capstone coaches and specifically developed resource guides
- Format: Blended model of in-person and virtual sessions based on public health guidelines with six sessions plus a welcoming dinner in Year 1 and five sessions in Year 2
SCOPE 17 Yr-1 (2021-22)will be capped at 50 participants. School divisions are invited to submit their nominations through the SCOPE Online Nomination Form located on the SCOPE 17 website.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Nominations received after 6/30/21 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Proposed SCOPE 17 (Yr-1) Workshop Meeting Schedule(as of 2.22.2021)
1.September 23, 2021 (Introduction/Team Building) TBA
2.September 24, 2021 (Forging Shared Purposes) TBA
3.November 5, 2021 (Nurturing Culture) TBA
4.February 4, 2022 (Cultivating People) TBA
5.March 4, 2022 (Designing Organizations) TBA
6.April 1, 2022 (Leading Learning) TBA
SCOPE Topical Areas of Focus for Workshops:
Forging Shared Purposes
What are our core beliefs and values? What aspirations do we have for our school community? What commitments are we willing to make? How do we align our collective commitments for actions (i.e., vision as means, not end)? How do we consider diversity among core beliefs and values while still moving the organization forward?
How do we define and assess a healthy culture? What tools are available to access culture? How do we cultivate a safe and caring environment that meets the needs of the school community? What is our role in nurturing culture? How do we establish an agreed upon vocabulary to define each of the terms related to culture?
How do we further grow human capacity in our schools? How do we foster ongoing adult learning? How do we establish and sustain a professional culture of engagement and commitment for the education of students?
How do we structure the organization’s systems to realize our aspirations and meet the needs of people? How do we align school structures, policies, and standard practices with our shared purposes?
What are we aspiring to have students learn? How will we know if it occurs? What strategies might we use to address any gaps?
I am lucky to be the husband to Dr. Sarah Tanner-Anderson, blessed to be the Dad to William Reese Anderson, and fortunate to serve Chesterfield County Public Schools as their Coordinator of Professional Learning. I am an avid outdoorsman, proud Master Freemason, hobbyist spoon carver, and avid artisan blacksmith. I believe in creating deliberate turbulence within organizational systems to find better pathways to serve stakeholders using Agile. Transparency - Inspection - Adaptation. The three pillars to my everyday life in and out of work.
Dr. Michelle Beavers joined the Administration & Supervision faculty at the University of Virginia in 2018 after having served as a teacher, school administrator, central office leader and in higher education. Her passion for adult development stems from her research in Emotional Intelligence and building the personal and professional capacity of school leaders. Her work is guided by the words of Harvey Firestone, “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of any leader.” In her free time, you can find her nest empty and her free-time filled with visiting “Hokies”, playing pickle-ball, hiking, and paddle-boarding.
Andy currently serves as the Senior Consultant with the Wallace Foundation working on special projects with a special emphasis on work with educational leadership. He has also served as a lead reviewer for the Wallace Foundation’s national Leadership Pipeline grant program and has presented to many national organizations regarding leadership programs. He works as a facilitator for several states working on their Every Student Succeeds Act leadership plan. Andy served in several district leadership positions within Fairfax County Public Schools until his retirement. He has served on the Virginia State Library Board -- the first African American Chair of the Library of Virginia and has been a volunteer youth basketball and football coach.
A retired school superintendent, Dr. Matt Eberhardt is currently the Interim Deputy Superintendent in Fredericksburg City. He has elementary, middle, and high school teaching experience as well as having taught nearly 50 graduate courses in school administration while serving as a building- and district-level administrator. He has taught administrators in Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, and the Virginia Beach area, as well as Southside and Abingdon. His experience in both private and public schools and in both rural and urban settings has provided unique insights. Matt is the 2015 University of Virginia Alumni Superintendent of the Year. A former Spanish and History teacher, he now finds himself like many who took world languages in high school: remembering very little but still passionate about cultures.
David Eddy-Spicer is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Social Policy. He designs and teaches courses and workshops on improvement science and continuous improvement to aspiring and advanced educational leaders in Virginia for UVA and around the country as a member of the Carnegie National Faculty. He has expertise in program evaluation, case study research, and the design and evaluation of innovative professional learning environments internationally. He has authored or co-authored a wide range of major reports, book chapters, journal articles, and case studies on the diffusion of innovation, professional learning, and organizational change in the public sector.
Mrs. Melissa George attended Old Dominion University where she received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with an emphasis in English in 1993. Mrs. George began her teaching career with Norfolk Public Schools. After earning a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2005, Mrs. George transferred to Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she served as a middle school English teacher, School Improvement Specialist, assistant principal and ultimately Mrs. George was appointed principal of Kempsville High School in 2018. Mrs. George has two daughters and is excited to have recently become a grandmother. In her spare time, Mrs. George enjoys going for long walks with her dog Elvis, visiting her granddaughter, and exploring different places with her husband on their electric bikes.
As Executive Director of Virginia ASCD, Laurie McCullough designs a range of professional learning opportunities for educators and works to advocate for "autonomy with integrity" for teachers in state and national education policy. She has taught at all levels from elementary to graduate school and served as a principal and central office leader. Laurie is currently leading the development of a set of micro-credentials for Virginia teachers. Having developed her vocal skills by singing to herself in the car for many years, Laurie is now part of Skyline Harmony Chorus, a local women's acapella group.
Dr. Sandra Mitchell is a faculty member with the educational administration and supervision program at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Curry, Sandra was the Associate Superintendent for Instruction in Fauquier County, Virginia where she also served as a teacher, school leader, director, and interim superintendent throughout her 40-year career there. While in Fauquier, she focused on eliminating barriers that reduced minoritized students’ access to more rigorous coursework, and she led a program redesign effort to increase middle school students’ access to both the fine and practical arts. She is most proud of the relationships she developed with educators and students in the Fauquier community. She most enjoys hosting large family gatherings and serving as chief Bingo-caller for after-dinner games with family members ranging in ages from 27 to 92.
Dr. Stewart Roberson is proud to claim that he is a “Triple Hoo,” having received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Curry School of Education and Human Development. He has served as a middle school teacher, Middle and high school principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent of finance, and as superintendent for 21 years in Falls Church and Hanover County. Stewart’s joy, beyond his family, is teaching. He has taught at Curry for over 30 years. As a Professor of Practice, Stewart chairs the UVA K12 Advisory Council, a group comprised of 108 Virginia superintendents and others. Stewart enjoys international travel and is pleased that his son chose to accompany him on their successful quest to visit all seven of the planet’s continents.
Dr. Mike Robinson is the Director of the A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School that serves 17 school divisions in Southwest Virginia. Previous to this position he served as the superintendent for Smyth County School for 10 years. He has enjoyed working in various leadership position for Charlottesville City Schools, Orange County Public Schools, and Smyth County Public Schools. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Louisiana Tech University. This is his 4thyear teaching in the SCOPE program and appreciates the opportunity to work with future educational leaders. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing tennis and racquetball.
Dr. Pamela Tucker is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Virginia. She retired in 2020 and took up the reins of the SCOPE Program, which is co-sponsored by the Curry School of Education and Human Development and the UVA K12 Advisory Council to promote and develop educational leadership. It was a natural fit after teaching in the educational leadership program for 23 years and serving as the program coordinator for 10 years. Prior to working in higher education, Pam was a science teacher and special education administrator. Pam finds renewal in nature and loves to bike, kayak and hike.
Dr. Tinkhani Ushe White serves as the Director of School Improvement in Chesterfield County Public Schools. A former high-school mathematics teacher, she has been in education for over 20 years having taught everything from 7th-grade mathematics to pre-calculus, mostly in schools considered “challenged”. Perhaps her most rewarding position was serving as the principal at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County. Her main interests are in how continuous improvement can support the work of equity, educational access, and opportunity. This has led to serving in an adjunct capacity at UVA, Virginia Tech, and Longwood University, with a focus on leadership development. When she is not spending time with her family, Tinkhani likes to dance, crochet, and participate in activities in her church.