Connie Lorthridge, Ed.D.

Core Faculty,
Department of Leadership and Administration

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education and liberal arts from Alma College, my Masters of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Eduaction from Central Michigan University, and an EdD in Education Administration from Columbia Unieristy Teachers Colege.

During my 36 year public education career I taught general and special education grades K-12, and served as a reading diagnostician, and instructional specialist.  Aftr 18 years in the classroom, I transitioned to administration, serving as a middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, assistnt superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools for 17 years.

Ater retiring from public schools, I began teaching for the University of Phoenix and currently serve as a Senior Manager for Programmatic Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs.  I am also an executive coach and have served on several dissertation committees.  I'll be retiring from that position in June, 2020

I am also a certified strategic planner and executive coach with expertise and experience in leadership, curriculum evaluation and development, coaching, and curriculum design.

I am looking forward to my new role as Core Faculty in the Education Leadership program at ACE.

Education

  • Doctorate in Inquiry in Educational Administrative Practice
    Columbia University
  • Master's in Elementary Education
    Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor's in Liberal Arts
    Alma College

Research Interests

Presented "Lessons Learned from Teaching Online" for the Florida Virtual Schools Annual Conference 2015

Presented "Ealuating the Relationshp Between Facultu Assessment Practices and Student Learning" at the University of Phoenix annual Assessment Conference 11/2012

Presented "Leading and Learning in a Learning Organization" at University of Phoenix College of Education Leadership Retreat 2017

Presented at NASTDEC Annual Conference 6/2017  "Embedding the Model Code of Ethis for Eduators in University Programs"

Program Affiliations

Ed.S. in District Level Administration Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in District Level Administration degree is designed for educational leaders who wish to become a superintendent or district level administrator. This program equips students with the skills necessary to effectively lead a PreK-12 school district.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

This program provides PreK-12 educators with a thorough background of current scientific research and pedagogy to help them learn how students learn. It is designed around the “learn, apply, assess” model to maximize gains in student performance.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

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M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Business Administration program was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, as well as community colleges and other educational institutions or learning organizations.

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

Designed to help you become a school principal, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a PreK-12 school.

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Florida Licensure Master of Education

The program is aligned with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.

34

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

16

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, the Master of Education in Elementary Education degree will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

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M.Ed. in Higher Education Master of Education

Designed for individuals who wish to advance their skills or career in higher education, this program focuses on the ever-changing global, economic, and technological environments that impact the field of higher education.

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

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Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training Certificate

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.

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Certificate in Higher Education Certificate

This program is designed for students wishing to learn more about the key areas of higher education. Students will learn about relevant higher education topics that will allow them to advance their knowledge and career in higher education.

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Certificate in Leadership Certificate

This program is for graduate students who wish to develop their personal and professional leadership skills. This certificate provides leadership skill development that spans all disciplines, including education, nursing and other healthcare roles, administration and business.

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

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Micro-Credential in Community College Leadership Micro-Credential

This micro-credential centers on the unique needs of leadership in a community college setting. With the growing cost of higher education, local institutions will serve a greater role in supporting student achievement, enabling them to complete degrees for career options which may not exist today. Consideration is given to the historical development of the two-year college in light of the economic dynamics existing in the 21st century and how change is needed to build community relationships, service students, and sustain institutional growth.

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Micro-Credential in Leadership Micro-Credential

Leadership is more than managing tasks; it involves investing in individuals, pursuing effective policies and procedures to ensure an organization is successful. Enhancing personal and professional abilities and traits, this micro-credential identifies practices of exemplary leadership, asking students to engage in actions leading to change through shared vision, analyzing processes, and enabling others to reach their potential through shared modeling and advocacy. Leaders make a difference as they bring change.

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