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Education Without Borders

Jay Heffron, director of the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, and students from the Class of 2018 traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in August, to participate in a preconference of the group known as Educational Leaders Without Borders (ELWB).  In closing the preconference, Dr. Heffron gave a presentation on SUA’s new MA Program along with contributions from students Marco Timm, Viviane Vallerand, Samrat Basyal, and Cintia Kussuda (pictured) on their research experiences.

The following day began the 2017 conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA). The Soka students delivered research papers based on their previously submitted formal proposals which had been accepted. Their well-received papers were as follows:  Viviane Vallerand, “Soka Education: An East-West Dialectic between Humanist Educational Practice and Philosophy;” Marco Timm, "The Educational Integration of Refugees in Germany: Perceptions and Attitudes of Teachers;" Samrat Basyal, “Women Leaders in K-12 Education: A Study of Nepal and Sri Lanka,” and Cintia Kussuda, “Inquiry-based Learning and its Role in Societal Change." Dr. Heffron also presented a paper “David Tyack and Elisabeth Hansot, Managers of Virtue: Public School Leadership in America, 1820-1980 (1982): A Reconsideration.”

Ed without borders

In the field of educational leadership preparation, ELWB is unique for its focus on global and transnational perspectives. From the August meeting forward, the NCPEA was renamed as the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL). Soka University is proud to serve as the host for the 2019 ICPEL conference.