Linda E Skrla

Professor

Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Accountability, effective school districts, women in leadership, qualitative research methods.

Education

Ph.D., Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin.  (1997)

M.Ed.  Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (1991)

B.B.A., Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (1979)

Biography

Dr. Skrla is a professor in the department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management (LSCSM).  She is a former faculty member and department chair at the University of the Pacific and facutly member and associate dean at Texas A&M University.  Her background also includes 15 years as a teacher and administrator in public schools.  She served as Division A Vice President for the American Educational Research Association and editor for Educational Administration Quarterly;  Dr. Skrla also received the William A. Bridges and Jack Culbertson Awards from the University Council for Educational Administration.

Awards

Edwin M. Bridges Award (Outstanding Contributions to the Development of School Leaders), University Councilof Educational Administration (UCEA) (2017)

Executive Council Member, Division A, American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2012-2018)

Vice President, Division A, American Educational Research Association (2010-2012)

Jack A. Culbertson Award (Outstanding Junior Professor of Educational Administration) University Council of          Educational Administration (UCEA) (2001)

Outstanding New Faculty Award, College of Education Development Council, Texas A&M University (1998-1999)

Cooperative Superintendency Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (1995-1997)

American Association of University Women Scholarship (1991)

Affiliations

American Educational Research Association

University Council for Educational Administration

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Equity and Excellence for Homeless Children and Youth.  P.I.  $1,000.  Research award for Teachers CollegePress book manuscript funded by the Benerd School of Education, UOP. (2016).

Math and Science Performance in Large Urban High Schools.  Co-P.I. (with Jim Scheurich and KathrynMcKenzie). $125,000.  Funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation (2008-2011).

MSTAR (Middle Schools in Texas—Algebra  Ready).  Project Evaluator . (Jim Scheurich, P.I.).  Funded by the Texas Education Agency.  $28,000.  (2009-2010).

Cross-National Comparison and Development of Equitable and Effective School Leadership Practices.  Organizer and Participant. (Roger Goddard, Runcheng Jin, and Louis Tze-ching Yen, co-chairs).  Research Roundtable for US-China Conference. Funded by TAMU.  $10,000.  (2009).

Brazos Valley Early College High School.  P.I.  $80,000.  Planning grant funded by the Texas Education Agency.              (2009).

Bryan ISD Early College High School.  Participating Partner.  $50,000.  Funded by the Texas Education Agency              (2006-2008).

College and Career Readiness Special Advisor. (P.I.).  $30,000.  Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2006-2010).

A Study of Instructionally Effective School Districts. Co-P.I. (with Gary Sykes, Michigan State University, andCharles Thompson, East Carolina University).  $600,000. Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2004-2006).

The School District Role in Improving Achievement and Advancing Equity.  Co-P.I. (with Gary Sykes and Charles Thompson).  $94,560.  Planning grant funded by the Hewlett Foundation (2003-2004).

Creating a Successful Professional Development Model for Today’s Urban Educational Leaders.  Co-P.I. (with Jean Madsen). $260,000.  Funded by the Houston Endowment (2002-2006).

Austin ISD-University of Texas Leadership Development Project.  Project Evaluator (Glenn Nolly and Kathryn Bell McKenzie, P.I.s).  $75,000.  Funded by US Department of Education. (2002-2005).

Texas Statewide District Leadership Development, Phase II. Co-P.I. (with Joe Johnson, Charles A Dana Center,and Jim Scheurich, UT Austin).  $220,000.  Funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. (2001-2003).

School Leadership Licensure and Performance: Equity Audits, A Research-Based Tool for Equity and SocialJustice.  Co-P.I. (with Jim Scheurich, Juanita Garcia, and Glenn Nolly, UT Austin) $6,500. Funded by the Ford Foundation. (2001-2002).

Collective Efficacy and Academic Improvement in an Urban School District.  P.I.  $3,955.  Funded by theCollege of Education Research Council (2001).

Interdisciplinary Faculty for Qualitative Approaches to Research, Year 2.  Co-P.I. (with Carolyn Clark and Patrick Slattery).  $11,000.  Funded by the TAMU College of Education (2001-2002).

Interdisciplinary Faculty for Qualitative Approaches to Research, Year 1.  Co-P.I. (with Carolyn Clark and Patrick Slattery).  $5,000.  Funded by the TAMU College of Education (2000-2001).

Texas Statewide District Leadership Development.  Co-P.I. (with Joe Johnson and Jim Scheurich).  $300,000. Funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation (1999-2001)

Richardson Mentor Principal Program. Co-P.I. (with David Erlandson).  $225,000.  Funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation (1999-2002)

Spencer School Reform Grant.  Participating Researcher for Planning Grant. (David Erlandson and StephanieKnight, P.I.’s) $50,000. Funded by the Spencer Foundation. (1999-2000). 

Publications & Presentations

(Selected)

Journal Articles

Goddard, R. D., & Skrla, L., & Sallom, S. (2017).  The role of collective efficacy in closing student achievement gaps:  A mixed methods student of school leadership for excellence and equity.  Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR). 

McNair, D. E., & Skrla, L. (2017, May 31).  Review of Student Affairs Leadership:   Defining the Role Through an Ecological Framework.  Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21998 

Allred, P., Maxwell, G., & Skrla, L. (2017).  What women know: Perceptions of seven femalesuperintendents.  Advancing Women in Leadership, 37. https://awl-ojs-tamu.tdl.org/awl/index.php/awl/article/view/27

Hallett, R. E., Low. J., & Skrla, L. (2015).  Beyond backpacks and bus passes.  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Hallett, R. E., Skrla, L., & Low, J.  (2015).  A school district’s journey toward serving homeless, doubled-up, and economically displaced children and youth.  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Hallett, R. E., Miller, P. M., & Skrla, L.  (2015).  Homeless and highly mobile students:  Equity, access,and institutional response.  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 

Whitt, K., Scheurich, J. J., & Skrla, L. (2015).  Understanding superintendents’ self-efficacy influenceson instructional leadership and student achievement.  Journal of School Leadership.

Scheurich, J. J., McKenzie, K. B., & Skrla, L. (2011).  The equity road:  Five examples ofsuccessful reform in urban schools and districts.  Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 16(2), 65-66. 

McKenzie, K. B., Skrla, L., Scheurich, J. J., Rice, D., & Hawes, D. (2011).  Math and science academicsuccess in three large, diverse, urban high schools:  A teachers’ story.  Journal of  Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR), 16(2), 100-121.

Skrla, L., McKenzie, K. B., Scheurich, J. J., & Dickerson, K. L. (2011). Home-town values and highaccountability:  A Texas recipe for district-wide success in an urban school district. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR), 16(2),137-165.

Scheurich, J. J., Goddard, R. D., Skrla, L., McKenzie, K. B., & Youngs, P. (2010).  The most important                             research on urban school reform in the past decade?  Educational Researcher, 39(9), 665-667.  

Maxwell, G., Scheurich, J. J., & Skrla, L.  (2009).  Distributed leadership includes staff:  One rural custodianas a case.  Journal of School Leadership, 19(4), 422-496. 

Rorrer, A. K., Skrla, L., & Scheurich, J. J.  (2008).  Districts as institutional actors in school reform. Educational Administration Quarterly, 44(3),  307-357. 

Skrla, L. (2007).  Review of Women leading school systems:  Uncommon roads to fulfillment. Teachers                             College Record [on-line] http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=14619. 

Skrla, L., McKenzie, K.B., & Scheurich, J. J. (2007).  Concluding reflections on “Leadership for learning in the context of social justice: An international perspective.”  Journal of Educational Administration, 45(6), 782-787. 

Young, M.D., Mountford, M., & Skrla, L. (2006). Infusing gender and diversity issues into educationalleadership programs:  Transformational learning and resistance.  Journal of Educational Administration, 44(3), 264-277.

McKenzie, K. B., Skrla, L., & Scheurich, J. J. (2006).  Preparing instructional leaders for social justice. Journal of School Leadership, 16(2), 158-170.

Goddard, R., & Skrla, L. (2006).  The influence of school composition on teacher perceptions of collectiveefficacy.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 42(2), 216-235.

Rorrer, A. K., & Skrla, L.  (2005).  Leaders as policy mediators.  Theory Into Practice, 44 (1), 53-62.

Skrla, L., Scheurich, J.J., Garcia, J., Nolly, G. (2004) Equity audits: A practical leadership tool fordeveloping equitable and excellent schools.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 40(1), 133-161.

Riester, A.F., Pursch, V., & Skrla, L.  (2002).  Principals for social justice:  Leaders of school success forchildren from low-income homes.  Journal of School Leadership, 12(3), 281-304.

Scheurich, J.J., & Skrla, L. (2001) Continuing the conversation on equity and accountability.  Phi Delta Kappan, 83(4), 322-326. 

Skrla, L., Scheurich, J. J., Johnson, J.F., & Koschoreck, J. W. (2001). Accountability for equity:  Can statepolicy leverage social justice?.  International Journal of Leadership in Education, 4(3), 237-260. 

Skrla, L., Scheurich, J.J., Johnson, J.F., & Koschoreck, J.W. (2001).  Complex and contested constructionsof accountability and educational equity.  International Journal of Leadership in Education, 4(3), 277-283. 

(2001). Accountability, equity, and complexity. Educational Researcher, 30(4), 15-21. 

Skrla, L., Scheurich, J. J., & Johnson, J. F.  (2001).  Toward a new consensus on high academic achievementfor all children.  Education and Urban Society, 33(3), 227-234. 

Skrla, L., & Scheurich, J. J. (2001). Displacing deficit thinking in school district leadership.  Education and Urban Society, 33(3), 235-259. 

Scheurich, J. J., Skrla, L., & Johnson, J. F. (2000). Thinking carefully about equity and accountability. Phi Delta Kappan, 82(4), 293-299. 

 Skrla, L. (2000).  Mourning silence:  Women superintendents (and a researcher) rethink speaking up andspeaking out. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 13(6), 611-628. P

Skrla, L.  (2000).  The social construction of gender in the superintendency.  Journal of Education Policy, 15(3), 293-316.

Skrla, L., Reyes, P., & Scheurich, J. J.  (2000). Sexism, silence, and solutions: Women superintendents speakup and speak out.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 36(1), 44-75. [Abstracted in Spring 2001 Women & Language, 24(1), 52]

Books

 

Hallett, R., & Skrla, L. (2017).  Serving students who are homeless:  A resource guide for schools, districts, and educational leaders (Foreword by Melissa Schoonmaker) (Teachers College Press Bestseller)New York:  Teachers College Press.

McKenzie, K. B., & Skrla, L.  (2011).  Using equity audits in the classroom to reach and teach all students (Foreword by Christine Sleeter).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Skrla, L., McKenzie, K. B., & Scheurich, J. J.  (2009).  Using equity audits to create equitable and excellent schools.  (Foreword by Judith Richardson; joint publication with the National Association of SecondarySchool Principals and the National Staff Development Council). (Corwin Press Bestseller). Thousand

Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Skrla, L., & Scheurich, J.J. (Eds.). (2003).  Educational equity and accountability:  Paradigms, policies, and politics.  New York:  RoutledgeFalmer.

Young, M.D., & Skrla, L. (Eds.).  (2003).  Reconsidering feminist research in educational leadership. Albany:  State University of New York Press.

Scheurich, J.J., & Skrla, L.  (2003). Leadership for equity and excellence:  Creating high achievement classrooms, schools, and districts. (Foreword by Carl Glickman).  (Corwin Press Bestseller.) Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Skrla, L., Erlandson, D. A., Reed, E., & Wilson, A. (2001).  The emerging principalship.  Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.

 

SkrlaContact Information

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(904) 620-1812

l.skrla@unf.edu