Two Leander ISD staff members will be part of Concordia University’s very first awarding of doctoral degrees.

Running Brushy Middle School Principal Jim Rose and LISD Director for Research and Program Evaluation Sarah Martinez will accept the Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in either Educational Administration or Curriculum and Instruction.

Leander ISD staff members will celebrate their graduations at Concordia’s commencement on December 7.

In addition, Chief of Staff Matt Smith received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Dissertation topic for Rose is Middle School Scheduling for Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Success

Dissertation topic for Martinez is A Mixed-Methods Study of the Effects of Implementation of Professional Learning Communities by Collaborative Teams on Elementary Student Academic Achievement and Growth

Dissertation topic for Smith is Understanding the Leadership Practices of High School Principals in Improving Student Outcomes