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L4L Faculty

The Leadership for Learning program instructors include a team of core faculty widely recognized for their deep scholarship and engagement with practice as well as visiting instructors from the field. The greatest strength of the program lies in the combination of the teaching and research experience of the faculty with the working experience and insight of successful district-level leaders.

L4L Core Faculty Bios


Meredith Honig
HonigDirector, Leadership for Learning
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ph.D., Stanford University

Meredith Honig’s research and teaching focus on policy, leadership and organizational change to improve results for all students at scale. She is particularly interested in how public policymaking bureaucracies such as school district central offices innovate and collaborate to improve opportunities for all youth to learn. Her work on central office transformation has been featured in various scholarly journals and by national organizations such as the American Association for School Administrators and Learning Forward. She recently founded and directs the District Leadership Design Lab which partners with learning scientists, leadership educators, and district leaders to help school districts improve their performance. Prior to joining the University of Washington faculty, Honig was an assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked at the California Department of Education and in other state and local youth agencies. About L4L, Meredith says, “Working with L4L students is one of the highlights of what I do. Our students bring deep commitments to improving results for students, not just in single classrooms or schools but across systems. Our students develop deep connections with each other and alumni that they carry forward with them beyond the program. Faculty work with students to help them stretch their leadership, sometimes in ways they never imagined; in turn, students stretch faculty to become ever better instructors and partners in the field. We are a true learning community.”

Department Faculty Profile
mihonig@uw.edu  | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 616-0679


Ann Ishimaru
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ed.D., Harvard University

Ann Ishimaru’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relationships and equity-based reform in urban and “new immigrant destination” school systems. Her work examines leadership capacity for system-wide equity in the context of both district-community organizing collaborations and educational leader professional growth.

Department Faculty Profile
aishi@uw.edu  | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 543-9840


Michael Knapp
Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ph.D., Stanford University

Michael Knapp’s teaching and research focus on educational policymaking, school reform, sociology of education and policy research methods, with an emphasis on how policy connects to classroom and school improvement. His studies have concentrated on the education of disenfranchised populations, mathematics and science education, and the professional development of educators. His publications include Leadership for Learning: Reflection, Planning, and Action (2006), Paths to Partnership: Universities and Communities as Learners in Interprofessional Education (1998) and Teaching for Meaning in High-Poverty Classrooms (1995).

Department Faculty Profile
mknapp@uw.edu  | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 221-3456


Rob MacGregorMacGregor
Associate Director, Leadership for Learning
Senior Lecturer, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ed.D., University of Washington

Robert MacGregor has been an educator in Washington for over thirty years in a variety of educational leadership roles, including superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal. In addition, Robert served as Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2001 through 2006. As an Associate Director for L4L, Robert is interested in helping students explore and deepen their understanding of issues related to instructional leadership for superintendents and other central office administrators.

rrmac8@uw.edu  | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 221-3427

 


Margaret Plecki
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Plecki's research and teaching expertise includes: school finance and education policy, the economics of education, educational leadership, the allocation of resources for school improvement, and mixed methods research design. Dr. Plecki is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy.  She was elected as the President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and served two terms on the organization’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked as a special education teacher, a school administrator, and the Managing Partner of an education consulting firm. Dr. Plecki recently has served as a member of the State of Washington’s Compensation Working Group.

Department Faculty Profile
mplecki@uw.edu  | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 221-3430


Jessica Rigby
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education, University of Washington
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Jessica G. Rigby uses lenses from organizational sociology to understand the role of school and district leaders in the implementation of policy, classroom instruction, improving teacher practice, focus on equity, and influence on and of informal social networks. She has worked in schools as a teacher (middle and high school English and history), leader, and researcher. Jessica's work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, The Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership, and she has authored reports for a number of organizations including Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), Leadership Connection for Justice in Education, the San Francisco School Alliance, and several school districts. Before joining the College of Education at the University of Washington, Jessica was a postdoctoral fellow for the Middle-school Mathematics and the Institutional Setting of Teaching (MIST) project at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. There, she led two research projects: school leadership and informal social network analysis. Jessica's current work examines the organizational structures and learning needs that support school and district leaders' work for school improvement.

Department Faculty Profile
jrigby@uw.edu | Campus Box: 353600  | (206) 616-5607