Stockton Unified Forms Cohort
As part of the Ed.D programs's cohort membership model, 15 staff in the Stockton Unified School District are currently working together to pursue their doctorates. The cohort consists of a diverse mix of teachers, principals, and administrators who will all be taking classes, conducting research, and writing their dissertations at Stockton Unified sites. As reported in Stockton's The Record newspaper:
"We are supporting them by allowing them to use work hours," Superintendent Steve Lowder said. "And that doesn't mean that they won't be getting their jobs done, because administrators and teachers are used to working more than just normal hours."
Lowder said Stockton Unified will benefit greatly from the professional development that will come from having 15 employees getting doctorates. The district will give raises - a percentage hasn't been calculated - for those who earn a doctorate degree, but Lowder said the educational benefit will far outweigh the payroll costs.
"They are going to be practitioners," Lowder said. "They will be doing dissertations and doing research at (Stockton Unified) sites. It will be cutting edge. It's all about student learning."
The design of the Ed.D. program was intentionally built around the formation of cohorts like Stockton's. The cohort model allows the university to provide academic and logistical support to help students succeed and complete program requirements in a flexible and timely manner.
[Education Services Director Reyes] Gauna said the group has been working for months to find the right college and to build a group large enough to get a "cohort discount." Concordia University offered a program that catered to professional, keeping in mind they still have families, he said.
"If we are on vacation, they won't have classes. It really does cater to our needs," Gauna said.
Read the full article at Recordnet.com and learn more about the cohort membership and other learning strategies incorporated in our Ed.D. program.