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Laura Link

Laura Link

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy

Office: C-440J
713-221-2777
linkl@uhd.edu

Curriculum Vitae​

Dr. Link's teaching and research focuses on developing and supporting highly effective leaders and organizational cultures that prioritize effective grading practices, collaboration, and meaningful assessment. She also serves as Director for UHD's Center for Professional Development of Teachers, leads K-12 assessment and grading academies, and has led an array of other professional development efforts, classes and initiatives over her career. Since 2002, Dr. Link has presented locally and nationally on the topics of high-impact leadership, K-12 grading, mastery learning, research-practice partnerships, teacher support, and more.

Before joining UHD, Dr. Link served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana. At PFW, she was an active member of the CAEP Assessment Steering Committee, led various local K-12 assessment and grading academies, co-facilitated PFW's Leadership Academy, and directed the Professors in Partnership K-16 collaborative. Before joining PFW, Dr. Link served as Chief Academic Officer at Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson, TN, and was Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning as well as Chief of Talent Management in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN. She was 1 of 7 Transition Steering Committee members charged with leading the largest school district merger in United States' history. Additionally, Dr. Link has served in an array of central office and school-based administrative roles (in both urban and suburban settings) and has taught elementary, middle, high school and college students over her 29 years in public and private education. Dr. Link also served as a long-standing state Board Member of Learning Forward Tennessee and President of Learning Forward Indiana, a professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in K-16 professional development. 


​Ed.D.                             University of Memphis       Ed Leadership

Masters                         North Georgia College       Secondary English Ed.

Masters Add-on            Univ. of Georgia                  Ed. Administration

Bachelors                      Florida State University      English Language & Lit.


PED 3305: Understanding the Early Childhood Through Twelfth Grade Learner

SOSE 4303: Issues in Urban Education

Published Articles:

Link, L. J. (in press). Professors in partnership: Leverage university expertise to benefit teachers and students. American School Board Journal.

Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (March, 2019). The forgotten element of instructional leadership: Grading. Educational Leadership. 76(6), 1-6, online exclusive.

Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (2019). Exploring the factors teachers consider in determining students' grades.  Assessment in Education: Principles, Policies & Practice. 26(1).

Link, L. J. (2018). Finding expertise in your own backyard: K-12 educators can collaborate with a nearby university to devise a strategy that serves both partners' needs and interests. School Administrator, 10(75), 38 – 42.

Link, L. J. (2018). Teachers' grading perceptions: How pre-service training makes a difference. Journal of Research in Education, 27(2), 62 – 91.

Link, L. J. (2013). Rescaling and rethinking grading. Tennessee Educational Leadership, 40(1), 25 – 31.

Published Book Chapters:

Link, L. J. (in press). I explicitly inform teachers/students what successful impact looks like from the outset. In J. Hattie & R. Smith (Eds.) Mindframes for Leaders: The Why, How, and What of the Visible Learning Leader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Link, L. J. (2019). Leadership in grading reform. In T. R. Guskey & S. M. Brookhart (Eds.) What We Know About Grading (pp. 157-194). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Published Books:

Zoul, J., & Link, L. J. (2007). Cornerstones of strong schools: Practices for purposeful leadership. NY: Eye on Education, Routledge.

Refereed Paper Presentations –National Meetings:

Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (2019). Understanding different stakeholders views on homework and grading. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Link, L. J. (2018). Teachers' grading perceptions: How pre-service training makes a difference. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York City, NY.

Guskey, T. R. & Link, L. J. (2017). Grades represent achievement and "something else:" Analysis of the non-achievement factors teachers consider in determining students' grades*. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

* Distinguished Paper Award Finalist, Classroom Assessment SIG 

Professional Presentations –National & Regional Meetings


Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (July 2018). Getting Assessment & Grading Right. Presented at the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendent's Summer Institute in Knoxville, TN.

Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (June 2018). Getting Assessment & Grading Right. Presented at the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendent's Summer Institute in Jackson, TN.

Link, L. J., Lash, M., Cox, A., Cripe, M., & Taylor, M. (February 2018). The Grading Game. Presented at Science Central's IPFW Sponsorship Day in Fort Wayne, IN.

Guskey, T. R., & Link, L. J. (February 2018). School Leaders Getting Assessment & Grading Right. Presented at the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendent's Legislative & Learning Conference in Nashville, TN.

Link, L. J., Guskey, T. R., Himsel, C., Cripe, M., & Taylor, M. (December 2017). A District Getting Assessment & Grading Right. Presented at the Learning Forward International Conference in Orlando, FL.

Link, L. J., Toler, B., & Cripe, M. (October 2017). Assessment Leadership Academy: A Research- Practice Partnership. Presented at the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

Link, L. J. (2016). Teaching Classroom Diversity Through a Privilege Walk. Presented at IPFW's Alliance Teaching Showcase.

Link, L. J. (2016). Mindful Diversity. Presented at IPFW's College of Education and Public Policy's Fall Convening.

Link, L. J. (2014). Accelerating Through the Curve. Presented at Jackson-Madison County Schools' System-wide Address in Jackson, TN.

Link, L. J. (2013). Building a Pipeline of Effective Teachers. Presented at the People First /SCORE Convening. The University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.

Link, L. J. (2012). Talent Development & The Irreplacables. Presented at the Tennessee Superintendents' Conference in Gatlinburg, TN.

Link, L. J. (2012). Gates Foundation's iPD. Presented at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Link, L. J. (2011). High-Impact Leadership. Presented at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Link, L. J. (2011). Action Research: The Stories Behind the Numbers. Presented at the LEAD Conference in Nashville, TN.

Link, L. J. (2010). High-Impact Leadership. Presented at the NSDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Awards:

Featured Faculty Excellence in Engagement Award, Purdue University Fort Wayne (2019)

Dean’s Award for Community Engagement, PFW’s College of Education & Public Policy (2017)

Research, Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Portal to the Public Fellowship, VPAA Award, IPFW (2017)

Dean’s Award for Community Engagement, PFW’s College of Education & Public Policy (2016)

University of Memphis’ Outstanding Doctoral Leadership & Policy Studies Candidate Award (2014)

Forsyth County’s STAR teacher and Outstanding Educator Award (2003 & 2004)

Forsyth County’s Teacher of the Year (2002-2003)

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