Consortium of Regional School Districts
The Lehigh University School Study Council (LUSSC) is comprised of a consortium of approximately 40 school districts, which maintain a strong commitment to participating in professional development experiences. We know this focus allows school administrators to better meet the needs of their districts and students.
Membership meetings and the luncheon following each program provide opportunities for informal dialog with the program speaker, fellow administrators, and university faculty. Also, because programs are typically held on the Mountaintop Campus at Lehigh University, members enjoy access to one of the most scenic meeting places in the Lehigh Valley.
In 2018, LUSSC has launched a partnership exclusively with school districts represented on the council to select students in our region for participation in the Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute.
The Study Council has a history of presenting programs focused on issues that superintendents and other central office administrators address daily. Over the years, our presenters have included both national and regional educational leaders at the forefront of current issues of interest to superintendents.
If you are interested in attending our monthly program, please contact Tracy Davis at email@example.com. If a district is a member of the Study Council, the first person to attend each program is free of charge. Additional attendees are welcome for Council Member. If you do, the first person to attend each program is free of charge. Additional attendees, and non-Council members, are welcome for $65 per person.
Executive Director: Dr. Louise Donohue
Graduate Assistant: Tracy Davis
Secretary: Sharon Warden
Mailing: Lehigh University School Study Council (LUSSC), Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Joseph Kovalchik, Superintendent of Northampton School District
Bridget O'Connell, Superintendent of Palisades School District
Tom Seidenberger, Superintendent of East Penn School District (retired)
Mary Anne Wright, Superintendent of Northwestern Lehigh School District
Louise Donohue, Professor of Practice & Executive Director, Superintendent, Parkland School District (Retired)
Tracy Davis, Graduate Assistant
March 28th, 2018- Greater Lehigh Valley Consortium for Equity and Excellence (GLVCEE) District Workshop
May 2nd, 2018- Lehigh Valley Reads: Jill Pereira, Sr. Director, Education United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Dr. Jack Silva, Assistant Superintendent at Bethlehem Area School District, Tracy Smith, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations at Parkland School District
May 14th, 2018 - GLVCEE Equity Symposium featuring keynote speakers Dr. Javier Avila and Dr. Heather Beth Johnson
2018-2019 Program Dates
October 10th, 2018
November 14th, 2018
January 9th, 2019
March 13th, 2019
May 1st, 2019
Past speakers of national stature include Jaime Vollmer, Terry Madonna, Alexa Posney, Bruce Hunter, Charlotte Danielson, Terry Deal, Chuck Schwann, Michael Fullan, Theodore Hershberg, Lauren Resnick, Phillip Schlechty and Thomas Sergiovanni.
Annual Study Tour
Annually, a Study Tour is sponsored by the LUSSC to give members the opportunity to meet with nationally recognized leaders in the field of education and to visit school sites that demonstrate their theories in practice. The following schedule highlights the Council’s most recent professional development experiences:
|2016||New York - Bank Street College|
|2015||Baltimore - Johns Hopkins University, Excellence and Equity for All Students|
|2014||New York - University of Albany, SUNY|
|2013||Boston - Boston University, Racing to the Top with Data: State Monitoring, University Research, and School District Implementation|
|2012||Pittsburgh – University of Pittsburg & Tri-State Study Council, Schools Cannot Do It Alone|
|2011||Washington, D.C. - The Department of Education, The Changing Federal Role In Public Education|
|2010||Virginia – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Resilient, Sustainable Leadership in Challenging Times|
|2009||Providence - Rhode Island College, Leadership Challenges: Increasing Student Achievement in a Changing Society|
|2008||Virgina - College of William & Mary, Establishing Positive Climate and Culture to Enhance Student Learning|
|2007||New York - Bank Street College and Columbia Teachers College, Developing Leaders of Leaders|
|2006||Toronto, Canada - University of Toronto, Determining How Leadership Influences Student Learning|
|2005||Boston - Harvard University, Developing Leadership Capacity|
|2004||Orlando - Cheri Lovre, Establishing Safe Learning Environments|
Learning Research and Development, Leadership in Learning to Improve Student Achievement
|Cooperative Leadership Award (The National School Development Council)||Excellence in Educational Leadership Award (University Council for Educational Administration)|
|Leah Christman (2017)||Joseph Roy (2017)|
|Mary Anne Wright (2016)||Michael George (2016)|
|Mark Klein (2015)||Samuel Varano (2015)|
|Sandra Fellin (2014)||Raymond Boccuti (2014)|
|Thomas Seidenberger (2013)||Joseph Roy (2013)|
|Joe Liberati (2012)||Bridgette O’Connell (2012)|
|Louise Donohue (2011)||Jack Silva (2011)|
|Charlie Amuso (2010)||Rachel Holler (2010)|
|Beverly Martin (2009)||Debra Miller (2009)|
|William Haberl (2008)||Louise Donohue (2008)|
|Lawrence Mussoline (2007)||Clyde Hornberger (2007)|
|Lee Fredericks (2006)|
"We need to be proactive and not necessarily wait for parents to ask if their child needs something more. We're going to go out and find those kids and make sure they're getting what they need."
Saucon Valley School Superintendent Monica McHale-Small, LUSSC Member