Local Principal to be Honored by University Council for Educational Administration

09/05/2013 02:31 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU alumna, intern supervisor, Baton Rouge native and local principal Phyllis Crawford has been nationally chosen by the University Council for Educational Administration, or UCEA, executive committee to receive the UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. This award recognizes practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of school administrator preparation.

LSU School of Education K-12 master’s degree program offers a unique internship course in educational leadership. Selected students are placed in a local school to act as interns under the school’s principal. Principals volunteer themselves as mentors to the students and provide a quality experience in educational leadership.

Crawford has been involved in the program for more than 20 years and mentored more than 100 aspiring educational leaders in the area. She provides guidance in a positive school culture through trust, support and professionalism.

“It would be difficult to find someone who is a more deserving recipient of the UCEA award,” School of Education Assistant Professor Dana Bickmore said. “She embodies all the attributes university leadership programs wish from their school leader mentors.”

Crawford has served as the principal at Sherwood Middle School for 14 years and received her master’s degree in education, as well as in supervision and administration, at LSU.

Crawford has also acted as a mentor among other institutions and various alternate certification programs. She currently has mentor relationships with sitting district superintendents, school principals, assistant principals and teacher leaders throughout the state.  Crawford still acts as a counsel to former interns that continue to seek advice from her on educational issues.  

The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. It is a nonprofit corporation whose members are major research universities in the United States and Canada.

Damon Andrew, dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, will present the award to Crawford at a local East Baton Rouge Parish School System Board meeting Sept. 19th, at 5 p.m., located at 1050 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, in the Central Office Building.

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resources Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer seven undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,600 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at http://chse.lsu.edu.

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the School of Education at http://lsu.edu/education.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013