Dr. Kristina A. Hesbol is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Denver, where she teaches graduate leadership courses. Throughout her long career in public education, she has taught preK-high school students, as well as graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at Illinois State University. She served as a building principal in several culturally and linguistically diverse school districts, as the Coordinator of Literacy and School Improvement in a linguistically, racially, and culturally diverse suburban school district, and as an assistant superintendent for human resources for a large school district. As a professor at UIUC, she was named one of twelve Stafford Fellows for the National Institute for Leadership on Disability and Students Placed At-Risk (NILDSPAR).
Dr. Hesbol earned a B.A. in Education (DePauw University), an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (National-Louis University), and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (Loyola University, Chicago), and holds current principal and superintendent endorsements. She has developed job descriptions and evaluation instruments for principals, hired and coached more than 30 principals, and aligned their evaluation process to improve student learning. Her teaching, research, presentations and publications converge on the impact of the pivotal role of school/district leaders in building systemic capacity for improvement in guiding inclusive systems of learners, with social and organizational contexts of schools central to this focus. She has worked extensively with aspiring school and school district leaders in leadership for school improvement, using data to inform instructional decision making, and organizational change.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, she served as the ELPS Program Coordinator. She served as the Program Chair for the AERA Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group, as the Chair of the Membership Committee for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), as a mentor to three Barbara L. Jackson Scholars, and as a Senior Improvement Research Fellows for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. She served as the Guest Editor for two special issues of the journal Planning and Changing, for which the theme was Learning to Lead: An Examination of Innovative Leadership Preparation Practices. Her publications appear in peer-reviewed journals, and she is the author of “Preparing Leaders to Re-culture Schools as Inclusive Learning Communities” in The Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (Routledge, 2013). She is a co-editor of the book, Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods (IGI Global Publishing, 2016). She recently published a chapter in the book, Interrogating Whiteness and Relinquishing Power: White Faculty's Commitment to Racial Consciousness in STEM Classrooms (Peter Lang, 2016).
Hesbol is currently engaged as a member of the research team for a 3-year United States Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Grant Program, Right4Rural. Studying twenty schools in five rural and remote sites, she is investigating the influence of the cultural proficiency of principals, superintendents, and BOCES executive directors on the identification of demographically underrepresented students for local gifted programs.
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