Department: Educational Leadership
Rank, Program: Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Contact Information

65 1st Street, Troy NY 12180
Education Building Room 205
[email protected]
518-292-1835

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
  • M.S., Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
  • B.S., Economics, Binghamton University, SUNY

Courses Taught

  • EDL 741 Foundations of Inquiry I; EDL 742 Research Methods II; EDL 745 Introduction to Research; EDL 746 Research Methods I; EDL 747 Research Methods II; EDL 755 Doctoral Research I; EDL 756 Doctoral Research II
  • Dissertation Advisement and Committee Participation

Research Areas

Dr. Durand’s research interests lie in cradle-to-career policy at the state and national level and understanding the impacts of critical discourse on policy conversations, development, and implementation. In addition, Durand studies the roles and practices of system leadership in K-12 schools and the impacts of decision-making, collaboration, communication, and trust.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Durand, F.T. (2017) Reciprocal communications. In Wilcox, K.C., Lawson, H.A., & Angelis, J.I. (eds.). Innovation in Odds-Beating Schools: Exemplars for Getting Better at Getting Better (Chapter 3). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Durand F.T. & Lawson, H.A. (2017) Building on strengths to innovate. In Wilcox, K.C., Lawson, H.A., & Angelis, J.I. (eds.). Innovation in Odds-Beating Schools: Exemplars for Getting Better at Getting Better (Chapter 5). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Durand, F.T., Schiller, K.S., Zuckerman, S.J., Kaufman, D., & Hecht, D.J. (2017) Gatekeeping roles of district and school leaders in implementing common core system wide. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Durand, F.T., Lawson, H.A., Wilcox, K.C., & Schiller, K.S. (2016). The role of district office leadership in the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards in elementary schools. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(1), 45-74.

Lawson, H.A., Durand, F.T, Wilcox, K.C., Gregory, K., and Schiller K.S. (2017). The role of district and school leaders’ trust and communications in the simultaneous implementation of policy innovations. Journal of School Leadership, 27 (1).

Durand, F.T., Lawson, H.A., Wilcox, K.C., & Gregory, K.. (2016). The trust-communication connection in the implementation of Race to the Top policy innovations. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Durand, F.T., Lawson, H.A., Wilcox, K.C. (2015). The Role of Proactive and Adaptive Leadership in the Adoption and Implementation of Two Major Policy Innovations. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wilcox, K.C., Durand, F.T., Schiller, K.S., Gregory, K, Zuckerman, S., Felicia, N., Angelis, J.I., & Lawson, H.A. (2014). Odds-Beating Elementary School Cross-Case Report. A report for the New York State Education Department as part of the School Improvement Study. University at Albany, State University of New York.

Dissertation: Durand, F.T. (2011). P-16 Initiatives: A Policy Discourse Analysis Approach to State Level Education Reform. University at Albany, SUNY.

Service

Sage Service

  • IRB chair
  • Accreditation Coordinator Esteves School of Education
  • Broughton Committee Member

Professional Service/Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association- Proposal Reviewer

Community Service

  • Hannah’s Hope for Giant Axonal Neuropathy- Event Co-Coordinator/Volunteer

Partnerships

Collaboration with NYKids and University at Albany School of Education to examine policy, practice and outcomes in odds-beating schools in New York State (2013-current)

Collaboration with the Center for Advanced Studies in Education, City University of New York and New York State Education Department to study best practices in implementing the Common Core Leaning Standards in New York State. (2015-2016)