Howard J. Eberwein, III, (Ed.D. 2008) Superintendent of Pittsfield, Mass., Schools, received the Education Law Association’s Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year Award at the organization’s 54th Annual Conference held in San Antonio, Tx.
The award recognizes exemplary dissertations by doctoral students in the field of education law. To be considered, the dissertation must be conceptually clear and address an important problem; contain comprehensive and relevant review of applicable literature; demonstrate a sound approach; present cogent analysis of data; show significant results and discussion; and be written in a scholarly style with appropriate documentation.
Dr. Eberwein’s study entitled “Raising Legal Literacy in Public Schools, a Call for Principal Leadership” was completed at COE under the guidance of Assistant Professor Matt Millitello and Professor David Schimmel.
Dr. Eberwein’s work evaluates secondary principals’ knowledge of basic public school law. By learning what principals know and don’t know about the rights of their students and teachers and how they disseminate this information, changes to practice and policy can be made. Dr. Eberwein has already begun to implement changes in his school district based on the findings and implications of his study.
The Education Law Association promotes interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school administrators, school boards and school employees in public and private K-12 educational institutions, as well as higher education.