Dr. Bill Flora
- Warf Pickel 501D
University of Virginia, Ed.D. 2001: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Cognates: Foundations, Research
University of Virginia, M.S. 1991: Educational Leadership
Ferrum College, B.S. 1984: Environmental Studies
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE - EDUCATION:
East Tennessee State University; Johnson City TN (January 2012 – present)
Position: Associate Professor Educational Leadership and
Graduate Program Coordinator for School Leadership Program
Duties and Responsibilities Graduate Program Coordinator for School Leadership
Recruitment of students and cohort development for the Education Specialist Ed.D. and the Doctor of Education Ed.D. both in school leadership, NCATE and program Accreditation work, Program Promotion, Student and cohort advising, Course Scheduling, Course and program development with a focus of moving the programs to fully online formats, program assessment/ revision, and any other administrative need associated with the School Leadership Program.
Radford University; Radford Virginia (August 2002 – January 2012) Position: Associate Professor Educational Leadership and Graduate Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership Awarded Tenure 2008
Duties and Responsibilities Graduate Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership
Recruitment of students and cohort development, Accreditation work, Program Promotion, Student and cohort advising (I am the only full time teaching and research position in this program, which is consistently among the largest graduate programs at Radford University), Course Scheduling, Course and program development including on-line courses and on-line programs, program assessment/ revision, and any other administrative need associated with the Educational Leadership Program.
Courses Taught – The following courses are the most often taught; additional courses taught can be provided upon request.
Introduction to School Administration (EDEL 612)
Trends and implications of major historical, philosophical, and ethical influences affecting school organization and leadership are studied with particular reference to democratic values. Processes are examined for use in the collaborative shaping of a school vision with all stakeholders in the school community. A study of the research on school improvement and effective schools is included. State laws and regulations governing school quality in Virginia (Standards of Quality and Standards of Accreditation). Three hours lecture.
Organization and Management of Public Schools (EDEL 621)
A comprehensive study of the varied managerial duties and responsibilities of school principals at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. Examines the principal’s managerial leadership role in school planning; organizing time, space and records; master- scheduling; staffing; budgeting and purchasing; attending to staff and student safety; overseeing school plant and grounds; and coordinating school programs for student activities, transportation, custodians, clerks and food services employees. Three hours lecture.
Educational Research (EDEF 606)
An analysis of various approaches to the planning of research. Discusses techniques and procedures used in making and evaluating studies, both Qualitative and Quantitative designs are explored, with associated data collection/analysis methods. Entry level statistics included. Three hours lecture.
Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (EDEL 614)
Study of the processes, techniques and problems associated with supervision, evaluation and improvement of classroom instruction and instructional programs in K-12 schools. Examination of the roles of school administrators and instructional supervisors in the improvement and evaluation of instruction. Three hours lecture.
The School and Community Relations (EDEL 626)
Principles and practices of human relations within schools and effective school public relations programs, development of mutual school and community understandings, public participation in planning school programs and services, cooperative activities with appropriate community groups and the relationship of school administrators and staffs. Self-awareness of leadership skills and self-analysis of beliefs, values, actions and their potential impact upon others is required. Examines the process of change and its impact upon the school and community. Three hours lecture.
Current Issues in Education (EDEL 660)
Examines major problems or trends and their implications on education as well as possible alternative solutions. The course is a survey/seminar framework. Three hours lecture.
Internship in School Administration (EDEL 690)
Requires that the student enter into an Administrative field experience in local schools under the cooperative supervision of both local school/district and university personnel. The student may register for Internship in 2.0 hour increments up to 6.0 hours. Each 2.0 hour increments up to 6.0 hours. Each 2.0 hour unit represents a minimum of 120 hours of Administrative experience. Students enrolled in Internship are also expected to complete two (2) seminar classes for each 2.0 hour unit of the Internship. The Internship meets state licensing requirements for Administrative field experience. Six hours laboratory.
Loudoun County Public Schools; Leesburg Virginia (March 2000 – June 2002) Position: Director of Secondary Education
Central office administrator responsible for monitoring and evaluating the secondary instructional program, covering 20 secondary schools and over 20,000 students. Main responsibilities are as follows: Work with senior staff, instructional supervisors, and principals to articulate programs in a K-12 environment. Recommend staffing for all secondary schools, provide policy and procedure support for secondary school administrative personnel, conduct workshops and training for administrators in areas such as leadership / technology / school scheduling, as well as keeping secondary staff notified of new policies, trends, and practices, as well as directly evaluating all secondary principals. Work with budget development for secondary education and the department of instruction; write and administer grants.
Warren County Public Schools; Front Royal Virginia (August 1997 - March 2000) Position: Assistant Superintendent
Central office administrator responsible for instruction and personnel in a 5,000 student school system with eight schools. Primary responsibilities include K-12 instructional program development, staff development, instruction / curriculum evaluation and assessment, personnel, licensure, policy development, staffing and instructional assignments, as well as overseeing the variety of testing programs in a K – 12 system, and developing / monitoring budget items relating to staff development / text books / tuition assistance / grants. Direct supervision of and responsibilities for Special Education Director and programs, Elementary Education Director and programs, Middle and Secondary Supervisor and programs, and Alternative Program Director and all alternative programs.
Clarke County Public Schools; Clarke County Virginia (February 1994 – July 1997) Position: Principal, Johnson-Williams Middle School
Chief administrator for a grade six thru eight middle school of 450 students. Supervisor to a staff of 58. Primary responsibilities include personnel supervision and evaluation, school budget development and fiscal decisions, curriculum development and implementation, and physical plant management. Other focus areas include overseeing the Special Education plan for our building, developing positive school climate, enhancing school / community relationships, and providing visionary leadership and direction to our school.
Accomplishments since assuming principalship include: implementation of block scheduling, restructuring of school based Quality Improvement model, development of a P.T.S.O. and a Booster Club, implementation of a diagnostic and prescriptive L.P.T. preparation model, introduction of second language offerings at the sixth grade, and reduction of discipline referrals by 33%.
Culpeper County Public Schools; Culpeper Virginia (October 1991 – August 1993) Position: Assistant Principal, Culpeper County Middle School
Served as sub-school administrator for eighth grade. Supervised 30 teachers, one guidance counselor, 400 students, and custodial staff. Directly involved in teacher hiring and dismissal. Developed sub-school master schedule. Developed and implemented an accelerated program for over aged eighth grade students. Responsible for staff meetings, training for transition from Junior High School to Middle School, home communications ranging from home visits to newsletters, student discipline, special education and child study administrator, and administrative representative to the Parent Advisory Counsel.
Served two summers as Summer School Principal. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the summer program, including teacher hiring, student discipline policies and procedures, program evaluation, and reporting to the central office. Worked closely with summer session teachers on curriculum development and material acquisition.
Albemarle County Public Schools; Charlottesville Virginia (August 1988 – October 1991) Position: Earth Science/Ecology Teacher, Albemarle High School
Taught levels II and III Earth Science (grade nine) and Ecology (grades 11, 12). Worked as a team member on Project Success, a program for "At-Risk" students. Worked with Science Fair and developed Science Week activities. Served on school based committees for school climate improvement - chairperson of the Morale Committee. Coached lacrosse and sponsored the Lacrosse Club.
Roanoke City Public Schools; Roanoke, Virginia (August 1986 – August 1988) Position: Earth Science/Life Science Teacher, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School
Taught general and honors Earth Science (grade nine) and Life Science (grade seven). Served as chairperson of Extra Curricular Activities Committee as part of the school biennial plan, served on the district Science Curriculum Committee, the Text Book Adoption Committee, the Standards of Learning for Earth/Life Science Revision Committee, and the Science Test Bank Development Committee. Co-sponsor of the Student Government Association, co-sponsor of Outdoor Club, founded and sponsored the Guitar Club, and sponsored the Talent Show. Served as sponsor and coach for Odyssey of the Mind. Co-sponsor for the Science Fair and judge for High School Science Fair exhibits. Developed and coached a lacrosse team at Patrick Henry High School.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE - NON- EDUCATION:
Southwest Virginia Savings and Loan Association; Roanoke Virginia 1986
Position: Internal Records Auditor
Allstate Insurance Company; Roanoke Virginia 1985
Position: Personal Property and Casualty Insurance Underwriter
Charter Federal Savings and Loan; Roanoke Virginia 1984
Position: Management Trainee - Mortgage Lending/Appraisals
Kolenbrander, R. & Flora, W.F. (2009). Political Turmoil and Successful Schools: A Recipe for Confrontation "Political Turmoil and Successful Schools: A recipe for Confrontation" Pennsylvania State School Board Training Manuel
"Educating everyone: the challenge of diversity" Dore, E. and Flora, W. Leadership in Focus: The Journal for Australasian School Leaders. Spring 2008 ISBN 1833-5535
"Technology and Curriculum: High Schools of the Future" William Flora and Ronald Kolenbrander. Virginia Educational Leadership Fall 2008 vol. 6, no.1
McCracken, R. and Flora, W.F. (2007). Alternative Licensure for School Leaders: Embracing Change in Leadership Training, Virginia Association of Curriculum Development, December 2007 publication. (Referred)
Flora, W. F. & Flora, B.H. (2007). Viewing Academic Leaders: Organizational Theory and Perspectives. The John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 1(2), 28-34. (Refereed)
Flora, W.F. (2007). The Middle School Mind, Crucial Link Virginia Middle School Association. (Non-referred)
Dore, E. and Flora, W.F. (2007). Diversity and Young Adolescents: More than Color, Paper publication for the International Conference: Middle Years of Schooling Association, Gold Coast, Australia. (Invited Publication)
Kolenbrander, R. & Flora, W.F. (2006). Political Turmoil and Successful Schools: A Recipe for Confrontation, American School Board Journal. (Refereed)
Flora, W.F. (2006). Middle School Reform: To Be or Not to Be, Crucial Link Virginia Middle School Association. (Non-referred)
Flora, W.F. (2006). School Shootings: Maintaining a Safe Environment, Crucial Link Virginia Middle School Association. (Non-referred)
Flora, W.F. (2005). Parents, School Involvement and NCLB, Crucial Link Virginia Middle School Association. (Non-referred)
Eberhardt, M.J., Flora W.F., and Smalley E.F. (2005). Belief and Innovation, Paper publication for Pathways For Creative Thoughts: Ideas Are Our Future Currency Conference, Clarke County Public Schools. (Invited Publication)
Flora, William, Developing Online Courses that Meet the Needs of Adult Learners. Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 2014 South Region Annual Conference April 14 – 16 Nashville TN.
Flora, William, A Practical Exploration: Using Qualitative Methods in Grant Evaluations. Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) 2014 International Conference May 21 – 24 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Grapes to Wine: Traditional to Online Doctoral Programs. Annual Conference of Association for Continuing Higher Education (2012) National Conference Austin, TX.
JASON Impact on High Poverty Rural Students: Hidden Promise Consortium Evaluation Study (July 2011) The JASON Project National Geographic National Educators Conference 2011, National Conference Center Lansdowne, VA.
Using a Results Oriented Approach to JASON, Including Standards Based Formative Assessments (July 2011) Co-presentation with Dr. Eleanor Smalley, VP/CFO JASON National Geographic; The JASON Project National Geographic National Educators Conference 2011, National Conference Center Lansdowne, VA.
Improving K12 and Higher Education Workplace Climates: Using Metacognative Practices
(March 2010) C Co-presentation with Dr. Bethany Flora for Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Savannah, GA.
Instruction, Rigor, and Data (August 2009) Teacher Workshop – Craig County Public Schools, Craig County, VA
Educational Consortia In the New Knowledge Economy (November 2008) Co-presentation with Dr. Bethany Flora for Association for Continuing Higher Education, Annual National Conference, Nashville TN
Increasing Alternative Licensing: Legislating Change (April 2008) Association for Alternative Certification, Annual National Conference, Atlanta, GA
Educational Consortia In the New Knowledge Economy (March 2008) Co-presentation with Dr. Bethany Flora for Association for Continuing Higher Education, Annual Regional Conference, Stanton VA
K-16 College Begins in the Middle (March 2008) Co-presentation with Dr. Bethany Flora for North Carolina Middle School Association, Annual State Conference, Greensboro, NC
Increasing Rigor and Changing Legislation (March 2008) North Carolina Middle School Association, Annual State Conference Greensboro, NC
Diversity and Young Adolescents: More than Color (Theme Paper Presentation: May 2007) Middle Years of Schooling Association, Queensland, Australia (International)
Rigor Acceleration and Student Success (May 2007) Middle Years of Schooling Association, Queensland, Australia (International)
Rigor Acceleration and Student Success (March 2007) Middle Years of Schooling Association, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
Rigor in the Middle: How Middle Schools Drive Reform (February 2007) North Carolina Middle School Association, Greensboro, North Carolina (State/Regional)
Middle School Scheduling: Making Time for Learning (February 2007) North Carolina Middle School Association, Greensboro, North Carolina (State/Regional)
Knowing Yourself and Working with Others: Perspectives on Learning and Organizational Theory (November 2006) Radford University Faculty Development Presentation, Radford, Virginia (Local)
Student Motivation – Full Day Staff Development Presentation (August 2006) Bland County Public Schools K-12, Bland County Virginia (Local)
Middle School Scheduling: Making Time for Learning (March 2006) Virginia Middle School Association, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
Technology Pre-service Training and Best Practice Development: Utilizing Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction in Alternative Licensure Models for School Leadership (March 2006) National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC), Chicago, Illinois (National)
Finding the Potential for New School Leaders: The Role of Technology (December 2005) Virginia Department of Education – Technology Conference, Roanoke, Virginia (State/Regional)
“Believe and Innovation” – a paper presentation for the Ideas Generation: Currency for the Knowledge Economy Conference (November 2005) Clarke County Public Schools and Project HOPE, Project HOPE Headquarters Clarke County, Virginia (International)
Panel Discussion Member at the Education Summit: Idea Generation: Currency for the Knowledge Economy (November 2005) Clarke County Public Schools and Project, Project HOPE Foundation Headquarters, Northern Virginia (International)
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards and Their Impact on Teachers Aspiring to become Middle School Administrators (March 2005) Virginia Middle School Association, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
How are Parents Involved in Your School? (March 2005) Virginia Middle School Association, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
Eliminating Barriers: Principals and Technology (December 2004) Educational Technology Leadership Conference, Roanoke, Virginia (State/Regional)
Some Children Left Behind: An Illusion of Equity (November 2004) University Council for Educational Administration, Kansas City, Missouri (National)
Principal Education Plan (November 2004) House Joint Commission Virginia Legislative Association, Richmond, Virginia, (State/Regional)
Parents, Schools and Student Success (September 2004) Pittsylvania County Public Schools, Chatham Middle School – Chatham, Virginia (Local)
Individual Student Academic Education Plan (ISAEP): Some Children Left Behind (July 2004) Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference Hot Sulfur Springs, Virginia (State/Regional)
Administrative Tools for Hiring and Firing (May 2004) Virginia State Operated Programs, Staunton, VA (State/Regional)
Leadership Practices to Improve Student Achievement (April 2004) Virginia State Operated Programs, Virginia Beach, VA (State/Regional)
Documentation for Dismissal (December 2003) Public School Division, Clark County Public Schools Clarke County, Virginia (State/Regional)
Quality Practices to Enhance Student Achievement (March 2003) Virginia Middle School Conference, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards and Their Impact on Teachers Aspiring to become Middle School Administrators (March 2003) Virginia Middle School Conference, Norfolk, Virginia (State/Regional)
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Member - National
National School Board Association / Virginia School Board Association
Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA), Past Executive Director - State/Regional
Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), Member - State/Regional
Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership (VPEL), Member - State/Regional VA DOE Task Force to Review, Study, and Reform School Educational Leadership
Programs, Member – Committee work completed - State/Regional
Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), Member - State/Regional
National Middle School Association (NMSA), Past Member - National
Phi Delta Kappan, Member - National
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Member - National
SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE:
East Tennessee State University:
Faculty Senate (Aug. 2014 – present)
Faculty Senate Parliamentarian (Sept.2014 – present) Faculty Handbook Committee (Sept. 2014 – present)
Faculty Grievance Committee, Chair (2008-present)
School Curriculum Committee (2005-2007)
College Graduate Curriculum Committee (2008-present) Graduate Course and Program Review Committee (2008-present)
Faculty Senate (2003-2008)
Parliamentarian (2006 –2007)
Curriculum Committee (2008) Governance Committee (2003 – 2006)
Chair, Governance Committee (2005 – 2006)
School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Special Education Search Committee – Two
Positions (2006-2007) Member
University Budget and Planning Committee (2006-2007) Member
University Salary Equity Committee (2006-2008) Member
University Professional Education Committee (2003-2006) Member (2010-Present) Member
University Graduate Affairs Committee (2003-present) Member
Educational Studies Department, Middle School Search Committee (2004-2005) Member
Educational Studies Department Educational Leadership Search Committee (2003-2004) and (2009) Chair
University Librarian Search Committee (2003-2004) Member
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
Program Evaluation for JASON – National Geographic Middle School Science Program – 20 school divisions in WVA (2010/2011)
NASSP Leadership Assessment Trainer (2007-present) Trained as National Geographic JASON Trainer (2008)
As Co-PI on the VA DOE Leadership grant(s) attended required meetings in Richmond for grant recipients and made presentations on the progress of our grant processes (Spring 2007)
Member of a panel that presented information on programs at RU and information regarding the profession of Education for students interested in Education at Radford High School. This was developed by Dr. Dore and the high school administrative team. (Spring 2007)
Provided a workshop for members of the RU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi educational fraternity on Interviewing Skills (Spring 2007)
Interviewed by Channel 10 news regarding the establishment of an educational store by the Montgomery County Public School Superintendent (Spring 2007)
Presented to a group of Educational leaders from Virginia Department of Education and Legislators regarding the model of Alternative Training developed by staff in the educational leadership program at RU - the presentation was in Richmond in the Spring of 2007
Editor for VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education)( 2006-2007 Year)
Invited to be an Editor for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education Journal – 2006- 2007
Educational Testing Service, Princeton NJ (Fall 2006) Worked for 4 days as a testing scorer for ETS scoring the Interstate School Leaders Licensing Exam - the licensing exam that is required in 14 states including VA - Annual participation through 2010
Western VA Public Education Consortium (2006-2007 Year) NASSP Principal Assessor, worked in conjunction with the Western VA Public Education Consortium and the Radford University Professional Development Center to assess rising and sitting school administrators I participated in four separate assessment centers
Radford University Professional Development Center (2006-2007 Year) Taught a High Quality Staff Development Workshop (30 hour workshop) for high school special education teachers to receive high quality endorsements under NCLB. The workshop was a grant sponsored activity through the Radford University Professional Development center
Member of Radford City Public School Board (2008 – present)
Radford City Public School Board Chairman (July 2014 – present)
Member of New Horizons Church / Sunday School Worker
Member Radford Lunch Rotary – Radford Luncheon Group (Active till 2006)