Research Areas and Interests -Teacher education, educational leadership.
The County Superintendent of Schools is a countywide elected office authorized by the State Constitution of California, and has a four-year term. The office is an educational service agency that performs a variety of leadership, oversight, and direct service functions for ten local school districts in the county, serving over 36,000 students.
Dr. Crocker was first elected as County Superintendent in 1998,
and re-elected in 2002 and 2006 for a four-year term. Prior to becoming
County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Crocker served as Superintendent
of Schools for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District for
nine years. He has also been Superintendent of Schools in San Mateo
and Palo Alto, California.
He is a native of Tennessee, coming to California in 1972. He has a bachelor's and master's degree from Vanderbilt University, and his doctorate is from Harvard University. He and his wife, Donna, have four children and live in Cambria.
Phone: (805) 756-7190
Research Areas and Interests -educational leadership and organizations; Educational leadership and administration; school reform and improvement; student perspectives on learning; school business administration.
I received my B.A. in Geography from California State University, Northridge and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I also have three additional master's degrees in the areas of Information Management (M.S.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Computer-Based Education (M.A.). I currently serve as an assistant professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. My writing and research interests are in the areas of student perspectives on schooling and learning, instructional leadership, and school reform and improvement.
Recent publications and reports include:
Gentilucci, J. L. (In press). Managing communication during a school crisis: A case study. Journal of School Public Relations.
Gentilucci, J. L., & Muto, C. C. (2007). Principals' influence on academic achievement: The student perspective. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, 91(3), 219-236.
Rosenberg, L., & Gentilucci, J. L. (2007). The use of first-person videography to support teacher education. Paper published in the proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education 2007 Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C.
Mc Keown, R., & Gentilucci, J. L. (2007). Think aloud strategy: Metacognitive development and monitoring comprehension in the middle school second language classroom. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(2), 136-147.
Rodriguez, M., Gentilucci, J. L., & Sims, P. L. (2006, November). Preparing school leaders to effectively support special education programs: Using IRIS modules in educational leadership. Refereed paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration 2006 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Rodriguez, M., Carlston, G., Gentilucci, J. L., & Sims, P. L. (2005, November). IRIS Module implementation in Educational Leadership Programs. Refereed paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration 2005 Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
Gentilucci, J. L. (2005). K-12 enrollment trends in San Luis Obispo County Schools. San Luis Obispo County Schools Annual Education Report, 2-3. San Luis Obispo, CA: San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.
Gentilucci, J. L. (2004). K-12 enrollment trends in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. Paper presented Board of Lucia Mar Unified School District, Arroyo Grande, CA.
Gentilucci, J. L. (2004, January). What students tell us about improving student learning. Refereed paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Oahu, HI.
Gentilucci, J. L. (2004). Improving school learning: The student perspective. The Educational Forum, 68(2), 133-143.
Phone: (805) 756-5373
Research Areas and Interests -Literacy, teacher education, educational leadership.
I received my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University
of California Santa Barbara in 1984, with an emphasis in reading.
Currently, I am Dean and Professor in the College of Education at
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior
to this appointment, I held faculty and administrative positions
at Louisiana State University, University of Oklahoma, and University
of Northern Colorado. My research has focused on literacy, particularly
at the secondary level, and teacher education. I serve on the Board
of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher
Education and on the Board of International Reviewers for International
Recognition in Teacher Education, sponsored by Center for Quality
Assurance in International Education.
Phone: (805) 756-2126
Research Areas and Interests -Executive leadership of superintendents, school boards and leadership preparation.
I received my Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organizations and Leadership
Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Currently
I am Professor and Co-Director of the UCSB/Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Prior to coming to Cal Poly, I was an
Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership
and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I also
held the position of Associate Director of the University Council
for Educational Administration (UCEA). UCEA is a consortium of major
research universities focused on improving the preparation of educational
leaders and promoting the development of professional knowledge
in school improvement and administration. I have written and published
books, articles and book chapters examining the executive leadership of the superintendent.
This work has primarily focused on superintendent beliefs, roles,
and work in the area of instructional leadership, policy decision-making,
and social influence in addition to the organizational mission and
academic success of the district.
Recent publications include:
Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2009, Winter). Novice superintendents and the efficacy of professional preparation. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. (5) 4, 16-26. Available http://www.aasa.org/files/PDFs/Publications/JSP/Winter09FINAL.pdf
Petersen, G. J., & Dlugosh, L. (2008). How NCLB has affected the practice of school district superintendents. In T. J. Kowalski and T. J. Lasley (Eds.) Handbook of Data-Based Decision-Making for Education. (p. 455-470). London. Taylor and Francis Publishers.
Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2008). Systemic leadership amidst turbulence: Superintendent-school board relations under pressure. In T. Alsbury (Ed.) The Future of School Board Governance: Relevancy and Revelation. (p. 115-136). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
Petersen, G. J., Fusarelli, L. D., Kowalski, T. J. (2008, December). Novice superintendent perceptions of preparation adequacy and problems of practice. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. (3) 2, 1-16. Available http://www.ucea.org/JRLE/issue.php
Perrachione, B., Rosser,V. J., Petersen, G. J. (2008, Fall). Why do they stay? Elementary teachers' perceptions of job satisfaction and retention. The Professional Educator (32) 2. Available http://theprofessionaleducator.org/current.html
Rosenberg, L. & Petersen, G. J. (2008, Spring). Time-lapse video as a self-reflection tool for collaborative learning projects. Journal of Research for Educational Leaders, 4(2). Available http://www.education.uiowa.edu/jrel/Petersen_0701.htm
Petersen, G. J., Sayre, C., & Kelly, V. (2007, Fall). Educating all children: Teachers' perspectives on the influence of the district superintendent in fostering instructional capacity. Instructional Leadership Forum, 2, 1-29.
Donaldson, J., & Petersen, G. J. (2007). Cohort Doctoral Preparation Programs: Neo-Institutional Perspectives. In Mullen, C. A., Creighton, T., Dembowski, F. L., & Harris, S.(Eds.). (2007). The handbook of doctoral programs in educational leadership: Issues and challenges. The NCPEA Press/ Rice University.
Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., Fusarelli, L. D. (2007). Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Neccessity in an Information Age. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD
Phone: (805) 756-5056