Rice University Faculty
Leadership Partners provides its participants with the best professors from the top ten in the nation (#8) Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. School leaders are running complex organizations, and we know from our experience that giving campus and district leaders a CEO mindset helps them lead more effectively.
We also utilize an all-star cast of national faculty for our Leadership Summit and for our other programming, again providing school and district leaders with tools and mindsets that help them improve their schools.
Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem
Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership.
She is the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Angela is widely recognized as one of most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1% and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.Dr. Rick Hess Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, where he works on K-12 and higher education issues. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and has served as executive editor of Education Next since 2001. Before joining AEI, Dr. Hess was a high school social studies teacher. He has also taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Rice, and Harvard University. His books include the forthcoming Letters to a Young Education Reformer (Harvard Education Press, 2017), The Cage-Busting Teacher (Harvard Education Press, 2015), Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age (Corwin, 2014),_ Cage-Busting Leadership_ (Harvard Education Press, 2013), and The Same Thing Over and Over (Harvard University Press, 2010). Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and faculty associate in El Instituto: Institute for Latina/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, participatory action research, and urban education. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with educator preparation. His first book, The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts, was awarded the Phillip C. Chin Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. He is also the co-editor of Diaspora Studies in Education: Toward a Framework for Understanding the Experiences of Transnational Communities. Irizarry has an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting and is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author. He is the author of the books _The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level _(2011);_ Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division _(2009); and a contributing author to the book _The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community _(2008). He has published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries. Dr. Marguerite Roza Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She’s led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid response Paper Series. More recently she served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, in addition to his selection as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Principal Kafele was a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence. As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the transformation of four different New Jersey urban schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, which included U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools. He has delivered more than one thousand conference keynotes and professional development workshops over the past seven years since leaving his principalship in 2011. How did he go from juvenile detention to two doctorates, with training at Harvard Medical School and Oxford University? Dr. Adam Sáenz will tell you: it was the power of community. Whether you’re searching for a reason to believe or you just need a hope-filled reminder, the bottom line is that you do have tremendous power to make a difference in your world, and Dr. Sáenz’ message will compel you to engage your calling with passion, with purpose, and with vision. Now, as a licensed psychologist and theologian, Dr. Sáenz conducts workshops across the country in the areas of stress management, self-care, and the dynamics of effective relationship and team-building. Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University with clinical training at Harvard Medical School. He completed his post doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church College of Oxford University.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller
We appreciate and value all of our partners and our alumni network, from school districts to non-profits and other organizations with whom we work and learn.
Leadership Partners collaborates with national and international consultants to support our work with school leaders.Dr. Kenneth Leithwood is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto. He has long time research interests in leadership, policy and school improvement. These interests have been pursued through more focused inquiries about alternative conceptions of leadership, the cognitive and emotional processes of leaders, leadership development, organizational learning and leadership for both local and large-scale school reform. his most recent studies concern leadership in both highly accountable policy contexts and in schools with diverse student populations. Through several large-scale, longitudinal studies underway, he is presently trying to better understand the complex practices and processes through which successful leaders improve teaching and learning in their schools. Dr. Leithwood has published more than 75 referred journal articles, and authored or edited more than thirty books. Dr. Jing Ping Sun is an assistant professor in education leadership at the University of Alabama. She is committed to understanding educational leaders: what they do, why they do what they do, and how they use it to promote teaching and learning at school, district and state levels. Her areas of interest in research, instruction, and dissertation advising include leadership model development, leader development, leadership for teaching and learning, school organization design, data-informed decision and policy making, policy evaluation, research synthesis, and the international comparative study of leadership. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Alabama, she worked on and reported the evaluation results of the comprehensive Ontario Leadership Strategy as well as its 13 initiatives as a policy lead. She also developed an evaluation framework to guide and support the Ontario Ministry of Education staff to conduct policy evaluation internally and/or externally. Her work may be found in refereed journals and book chapters, including a recent article co-authored with Professor Kenneth Leithwood, an international leading scholar, published in Educational Administration Quarterly 2012, the premier journal in the field of educational leadership, as a lead article, on transformational school leadership. Dr. Sun has won awards for her research and research manuscripts and promotes dialogue on leadership studies between countries and between the West and the East. Erika Medrado launched Lighthouse 14 to empower individuals and organizations grow above and beyond their expectations. Since 2014, she has provided clarity, impact and performance to her clients with a strategic plan in hand. As the leading Human Resources expert and Executive Coach of Lighthouse 14, she delivers the foundation for personal and professional development with tangible results. She focuses on developing leaders that are technically strong and highly emotionally intelligent. A champion and connector of people, Erika recognizes potential and knows how to cultivate it. Erika’s passion for developing leadership is also strongly reflected in her eight years of business consulting and coaching for Rice University in Houston, Texas. She served as Associate Director of Recruiting & Marketing at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and managed the global marketing strategy, recruiting, interviewing and selection of students admitted to the prestigious Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) MBA, Business Fellowship and Summer Institute. With a clear mission to strengthen leadership capacity, Erika served as Senior Talent Development Consultant for Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program. Erika currently leads Lighthouse 14 as Managing Director & Executive Coach and serves as a Leadership Coach for the Rice University Doerr Institute for New Leaders.