Marsha E. Modeste is an Assistant Professor of Education (Educational Leadership) in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, College of Education. Dr. Modeste earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Dr. Modeste’s research focuses on school leadership across three areas: (1) district governance, specifically urban districts under system-wide reform, (2) the policy and cultural environment that informs school leadership and (3) distributed leadership. Dr. Modeste’s dissertation research focused on urban school principals in New York City. She examined the ways in which school leaders interpreted and implemented in their schools the reform policies that came from the school system’s central office.
Her work with the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) has taken her to Copenhagen, Denmark where she has led the expansion and implementation of CALL, an online, formative assessment of distributed leadership practices, in schools and districts (municipalities) under reform. A former middle school teacher and Central office program director, her work focuses on organizational change in urban school districts using mayoral control and how system-wide school reform impacts urban school leadership.