Daniel Duke Delivers 4th Annual Nicely Lecture
by Jim Nolan (April 2009)
Daniel Duke, professor of education at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, visited Penn State on April 20 to deliver the fourth annual Robert and Donna Nicely Lecture.
Duke founded and directed the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design and helped establish the Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE), a unique enterprise involving the Curry School of Education and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He serves as research director for the PLE.
Duke’s lecture, titled “Learning about Leadership for Low-performing Schools: A Tale of Inquiry in Four Acts,” focused on the differentiated types of leadership required to turn around low-performing schools, to maintain the momentum of success in schools that have shown improvement, to prevent previously high-performing schools from declining, and to design innovative schools. The audience for the lecture included faculty members and graduate students from Penn State's College of Education as well as local administrators and teachers.
While visiting campus, Duke had an opportunity to hold conversations with the visiting international scholars who are participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. He also met with faculty members of the Educational Leadership Program and served as the presenter for a brown bag luncheon hosted by the Education Policy Studies Graduate Student Association.
The lecture series was created by an endowment from the Nicelys to support interaction among faculty members, graduate students, and other educators with national and international experts in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership. Robert is associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus of education, and Donna is retired from the College as a contracts and proposals specialist.