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Stacy Szczesiul

Stacy Szczesiul

Stacy Szczesiul, Graduate School of Education

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator for Doctoral Programs
O'Leary Library 523

Research Interest

The role of internal and external accountability systems in school improvement - The role of leadership in building strong internal accountabiltiy.
Teachers' occupational expectations in a changing policy context
The relationship between teacher efficacy beliefs, school improvement and student performance

Educational Background

B.A., M.Ed., University of South Carolina - Columbia
Ed.D., Harvard University


Grant Awards

Spencer Foundation - A two-year $40,000 Research Grant focusing on the experiences of second-stage teachers conducted by the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.  Research Associate

NH Department of Education State Performance Plan - A multi-year $500,000 State Performance Plan Grant from the NH Department of Education Bureau of Special Education.  Primary Staff

Courses Taught

Instructional Leadership and School Reform
Managing Change and Conflict
School Leadership Research Planning Seminar
Assessment of Students with Moderate Disabilities

Current Projects

Partnership with the National Parks Service:  Designing the NPS Leadership Task book
Schools as High Performing Learning Organizations:  Working with district-level leadership teams to establish organizational coherence and improvement strategy
Principles and Practices for Effective School Improvement: International partnership with University of Haifa and St. Mary's College (Belfast)


Muscott, H., Pomerleau, T., and Szczesiul, S. (forthcoming) "Large-Scale Implementation of Program-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Early Childhood Education Programs in New Hampshire."  NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field.

Muscott, H., Szczesiul, S., and Berk, B. (2008).  "Creating Home School Partnerships by Engaging Families in Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports."  Teaching Exceptional Children, 40(6), 6-14

Donaldson, M., Johnson, S.M., Kirkpatrick, C., Marinell, W., Steele, J., and Szczesiul, S. (2008) "Angling for Access, Bartering for Change: How second-stage teachers experience differentiated roles in schools."  Teachers College Press, 110(5)/

Watson, D., Charner-Laird, M., Kirkpatrick, C., Szczesiul, S., and Gordon, P. (2006).  "Effective Urban Teaching: Grappling with Definitions, Grappling with Difference."  Journal of Teacher Education, 57(4), 395-409.

Professional Activities

American Educational Research Association, member
The Council for Exceptional Children, member
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, member