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Congratulations, Dr. Kelly!
Posted 05/17/2017 10:38AM

Ryan Kelly earns Ed.D.

Dr. Ryan KellyCarrollwood Day School is pleased to announce that Head of School Ryan Kelly recently completed the requirements for a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. Dr. Kelly began his course of study with University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in July 2014, specializing in educational and organizational leadership.

For the past three years, he has been part of a select cohort of educational leaders diving deeply into the following strands of educational and organizational leadership.

  • INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
    Educational leaders need to be able to grasp and negotiate the learning needs of students, both in terms of the curriculum that suits the developmental and intellectual needs of students and the methods best used in teaching the curriculum. 
  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
    Successful leaders have many positive qualities, but one of the most important is the ability to use their power to inspire others to change and improve. 
  • PUBLIC LEADERSHIP
    Leaders need to be engaged in productive relationships with the various publics that form the civic context for leadership activities. 
  • EVIDENCE-BASED LEADERSHIP
    Leaders need to be able to identify and employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources and analytic methods to inform decision-making and become more able consumers and producers of analysis.

This work provided the theoretical framework for his culminating research and doctoral dissertation. In April 2017, Dr. Kelly successfully defended his work, completing his dissertation “An Exploration of STEM, Entrepreneurship, and Impact on Girls in an Independent Day School.”

“This endeavor is by far the hardest thing I have ever taken on, outside of being a parent,” said Dr. Kelly. “It was rewarding, grueling, and self-reflective.  As a leader, I feel that I have grown exponentially and I look forward to bring all that I have learned to CDS to help our school continue to become the best school it can possibly be.”

Dr. Kelly came to CDS in 2008 as the high school principal. In 2011, he took on the added responsibilities of Assistant Head of School and in July 2013 was selected to be the third Head of School at Carrollwood Day School.

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