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Kent Seidel, Ph.D.

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Education research in urban environments
  • Principal preparation
  • Data/accountability systems for school improvement


Kent Seidel is Associate Professor and Chair of the P-20 Leadership programs, including the Buell Early Childhood Program, K12 Educational Administration programs, and Higher Education Administration programs.  He comes to DU from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as faculty and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Urban Education Leadership graduate programs.  He holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Research with a focus on non-profit and educational organizational behavior and management.  Dr. Seidel has been actively involved with school improvement and standards-based reform since 1990.  Since 1996, he has served as the Director of the Alliance for Curriculum reform, a collaborative of more than 20 of the national education organizations.  His primary research in the past decade has focused on performance-based approaches to improving educator support and school quality, including a major emphasis on value-added and growth measures in accountability systems. He led the development of resources and training for all 72 teacher and principal preparation programs in Ohio on uses of value-added and growth measures, under the auspices of the Board of Regents to help these programs meet legislative requirements. He is Principal Investigator for the large-scale longitudinal strand of the Teacher Quality Partnership, a consortium of all 50 Ohio teacher education programs, conducting a series of studies to better understand teacher preparation, professional development, and early career support.

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