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Dr. William Sterrett

Associate Professor, MSA Program Coordinator (Master’s and Add-On)

Department of Educational Leadership

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Watson College of Education, Room 380
601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5991
sterrettw@uncw.edu
phone: (910) 962-7995
fax: (910) 962-3609

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Courses Taught

EDL 515, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDL 530, Curriculum
EDL 567, Learning Centered Supervision
EDL 569, Pre-Leadership Internship
EDL 570, Administrative Internship: Leadership I
EDL 571, Administrative Internship: Leadership II
EDL 578, Practicum for Learning Centered Supervision
EDL 621, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
EDL 661, Educational/ Government Internship

DEGREES

Ph.D., Education Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
B.S., Middle School Education, Asbury College

Certifications

Research Interests

Bio

William Sterrett is an associate professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Master’s in School Administration (MSA) and add-on licensure programs.   An expert on school leadership, Sterrett has researched and written extensively about the collaborative role of the principal, teacher leadership, and school improvement & innovation.  His articles have appeared in journals such as Educational Leadership, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, and The Educational Forum.  He has authored three ASCD books, including Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works, a 2011 ASCD Member Book, and two others in the ASCD Arias line, including the Best-Seller Short on Time (2013) and Igniting Teacher Leadership (2016).   Sterrett’s teaching centers on instructional leadership, managerial leadership, and field-based leadership applications.  He served a three-year term on the D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy (New Hanover County Schools) advisory board, served for four years as Chair of the Kappa Delta Pi Public Policy Committee, currently serves on the UNCW Lab School Planning Team, and he is on the Editorial Board of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly.

Prior to coming to UNCW in 2010, Sterrett served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He received the Milken National Educator award as a principal with Albemarle County Schools in 2008, and was recognized by the VA General Assembly in 2009. 

Sterrett received his B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Asbury College (KY) and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia.  Sterrett and his wife and their three school-aged sons reside in Wilmington, NC, where his family enjoys basketball and the beach. 

Selected Recent Publications

Sterrett, W. (2016). From Cortez to Crozet: Voices from two green schools.  Kappa Delta Pi Record, 52 (3), 137-142. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W. & Imig, S. (2015).  Learning green: Perspectives from US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools educators.  The Journal of Sustainability Education, 10 (3), 1-15. Link to article.

Sterrett, W. & Irizarry, E. (2015).  Beyond “autopsy data”: Bolstering teacher leadership, morale, and school improvement.  Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18 (1), 3-13. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W., Garrett Dikkers, A., & Parker, M. A. (2014). Using brief instructional video clips to foster communication, reflection, and collaboration in schools. The Educational Forum, 78 (3),263-274.  Link to journal.

Sterrett, W., & Reid-Griffin, A. R. (2013). A Four Cylinder Engine: Shared Collaborative Ownership as the Vehicle for Enhanced Student Success. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 49 (3), 131-135. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W. (2012). From discipline to relationships. Educational Leadership, 70 (2), 71-74. Link to journal.

Selected Recent Presentations

Sterrett, W., Parker, M. A, & Mitzner, K. (November 19, 2016). University Council for Educational Administration, "Valuing teacher's time: Data, challenges, and principal insights," UCEA, Detroit, MI.

Richardson, J. & Sterrett, W. (November 19, 2016). University Council for Educational Administration, "Learning from tech-savvy superintendents: Redefining leadership roles and re-imagining student and staff success," UCEA, Detroit, MI.

Reid-Griffin, A. R., Sterrett, W., & Stanback, A., American Educational Research Association, "Creating Communities of Engagement: Project Based Learning Initiative through a Professional Development System," AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (April 9, 2016).

Sterrett, W., ASCD Pre-conference Institute session: "Short on Time: Making time to learn and lead collaboratively," ASCD Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (April 1, 2016).

Sterrett, W., North Carolina Principal Fellows, "Leading and learning as a collaborative, innovative school leader," UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill, NC. (January 27, 2016).

Sterrett, W., & Imig, S. R., American Educational Research Association, "Lessons from Leaders of the US DoE Green Ribbon Schools," AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 20, 2015).

Additional Information

Vita

Igniting Teacher Leadership: How do I empower my teachers to lead and learn? (ASCD, 2015) by William Sterrett

Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? by William Sterrett

Short on Time

Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works (ASCD, 2011)  by William Sterrett

Insights into Action

The School Improvement Planning Handbook by Daniel Duke, Marsha Carr, and William Sterrett

School Improvement Planning Handbook

ASCD presents author Bill Sterrett
Bill is the author of "INSIGHTS INTO ACTION": SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL LEADERS SHARE WHAT WORKS

The Power of Teacher Leaders

Chapter “The Principal as Facilitator of Teacher Leadership” in The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact (Nathan Bond, ed., Routledge, 2014).

Recent Appearances

 

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Haiti

At TeacHaiti School:  Dr. Sterrett traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to work with school leaders. Read his research related to school leadership standards here.

Green Ribbon Schools

Sterrett was invited to attend the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools ceremony in Washington, DC, where educational leaders were recognized for their green efforts in schools and districts.  Read about related research by Sterrett, Imig, and Moore at this link.

Sterrett serves on the editorial board of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly.  His research was recently published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership and in the Kappa Delta Pi Record.