Distinguished Research and Creative Scholarship Award: Patricia Reeves and Jianping Shen

Distinguished Research and Creative Scholarship Award: Patricia Reeves and Jianping Shen

September 15, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


(soft music) – I am convinced that
my career in both K-12 and higher education can
be summed up in two ways. First, I have always been
drawn to developing people and the institutions they serve. Second, providence has
repeatedly placed me in the right place at the right time. My 25 years in K-12 education
gave me opportunities to build relationships with school leaders and researchers around the
country who share my passion for high quality schools for everyone. I came to WMU in 2005
to focus on that work in a larger context. I became a member of several
grant funded research teams with Dr. Shen that developed,
refined, and empirically tested a leadership framework
for developing capacity to educate all students well. I also developed a nationally recognized performance-based endorsement
program for school leaders and developed a school leader performance evaluation system adopted
by over 450 school districts in Michigan and other states. Dr. Shen’s and my
extensive work in the field helped us secure a major U.S.
Department of Education grant under the funding initiative called Supporting Effective Educator
Development, or SEED. Through this grant, we
are applying strategies, resources, and findings
produced in our previous work to make an impact on two
cohorts of 76 schools each. We are training and deploying
implementation facilitators who will work with those
schools to build school renewal capacity and achieve high
integrity implementation of the literacy essentials
developed by our grant partners, the Michigan Reading Now, and
General Education Networks. I have indeed been in the
right place at the right time with amazing people who
share my belief that America runs on the quality of its
educational opportunities and the commitment to
make those opportunities happen for every man,
woman, and child regardless of personal circumstances. I want to thank OVPR for their nomination and the university for selecting
our work for this honor. Thank you so much. – I’m honored to receive
the award of Distinguished Research and Creative Scholarship. I would like to offer
my appreciation to WMU and OVPR for this award. Numerous individuals
and groups of colleagues support me along the way. OVPR and the Grants and
the Contracts Office provide a supportive environment. I want to thank my home
college and department, the College of Education
and Human Development, and the Department of
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology, as
well as the administrators, colleagues, staff, and students with whom I have been privileged to work with over more than 20 years. Many thanks also go to the
funders and colleagues in the field. This award belongs to my family. I would like to acknowledge
my mother and father who instilled in me the
value of working hard. I could not thank enough my wife, Yeqing, and our son, Kevin, for
their love and encouragement and the sacrifice they have
made because I have to meet many deadlines for
running current projects and applying for new ones. Without my wife and son’s
understanding and support, this award would not be possible. Again, many thanks to you all.