Brenda F. Graham, EdD
Professor of Educational Leadership
College of Graduate and Innovative Programs
Dr. Graham teaches classes on ethics of school leadership, instructional leadership, school organization and human resource management supervision of instruction, and organizational change. She is an expert in the areas of school improvement, organizational change and school literacy issues. Her expertise in school improvement played a major role in removing a low performing district form both the Academic and Fiscal Distress lists for their state. Prior to coming to Concordia, Dr. Graham, worked as a high school principal and Superintendent of Schools. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2004.
- EdD, Educational Administration. University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.
- MA, Biology. Chicago State University, Chicago, Ill.
- BA, Biology. University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Ark.
Academic and Professional Highlights
- “No Child Left Behind: Building the Capacity of School-community Relations.” 3rd American Institute of Higher Education Conference, Nashville, Tenn., 2009.
- “A Challenge to Educators: Teach our Students to Think Critically.” L.E.A.P. Foundation, Pine Bluff, Ark., 2007.
- “Differentiating Teaching in the Co-taught Classroom: The Administrative Model.” Chicago, 2006.
- “Stepping up to the Plate: Educating our Children for the 21st Century.” American Association of College Teachers; Chicago, 2004.
- “Stepping up to the Plate: Educating our children for the 21st century." Association of College Teachers; Dallas, Texas, 2004.
- “The Imperative of the 21st century: focusing on instruction to meet the needs of at-risk students.” National Alliance of Black School Educators, Reno, Nev., 2003.
- “Educational Administrators’ Challenge to No Child Left Behind.” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Sedona, Ariz., 2003.
- “No Child Left Behind: Implications for School Administrators.” Gould School District, Gould, Ark., 2003.
- "No Child Left Behind: Implications for Community Partnerships.” L.E.A.P.S Foundation; Pine Bluff, Ark., 2003.
- "Accountability, Assessment and School Accountability.” Sage Publication, Spring, 2010.
- “No Child Left Behind: Building the Capacity of School-community Relations.” Sage Publication, Spring, 2010.
- "The Influence of School Partnerships on Learning Outcomes." A paper presented at the American Institute of Higher Education Conference, May 2009.
- “Assessing Educational Leadership Preparation.” Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 2007.
- “Unbridled Spirit: Best Practices in Educational Administration.” Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 2006.
- “The Beginning of the Journey: Five Apprentices Reflect on their Professional Development School Program Experiences.” Journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Education, 2005.
- National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)
- Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
- American Association of College Teachers
- American School Board Association