PURCHASE, N.Y. -- The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College in Purchase has formed a partnership with BOCES educators.
It grew out of the partners' interest in providing a supportive structure for students to glean answers to rapidly arising questions in education like, What impact does physical activity have on learning? Should the school year be extended?
The partners knew the program would ultimately benefit the teachers and their students.. Recently, however, BOCES itself has become a beneficiary said Renee Gargano, founder of the BOCES Center for Educational Leadership and coordinator of the doctoral program's applied research and field work.
“Five of our current doctoral students are now BOCES employees,” she announced recently. But that's no coincidence, according to Gargano explained. Calling the partnership a "win-win" one, she said the students are among the "most talented practitioner scholars in the region."
Doctoral student Greg Brown, who joined BOCES in June in a newly created position as Regional Coordinator for Social Studies and Blended Learning, is not surprised that so many doctoral students are drawn to positions at BOCES.
“It’s not by accident. There’s a strong correlation between the leaders who are drawn to the doctoral program regionally and the type of creative work that is done at PNW BOCES. It’s a symbiotic relationship between the two. BOCES has a top-notch reputation and is known for innovative thinking,” he said.
Now in its seventh cohort, the doctoral program has 90 students enrolled with 10 on schedule to receive their Ed.D this year.
What's nice about the program for working teachers is the class schedule is arranged around the public school schedule, with classes meeting during after-school hours.
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