E. Alana James. Ed.D.
Kinsale, Co Cork
Doctor of Educational Leadership: 2005,Teacher’s College, Columbia University
Concentration: Educational Leadership; Change Management; Student Mobility;
Community Education; and High Risk Students
Master of Non Profit Management: 1998 Regis University, Denver, Colorado,
Concentration: Cross Sector Collaboration and Systemic Change
Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Art Education: 1976, University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado
Certification: Art Education; K-12
Principle investigator for an international meta-analysis of action research results: Where is the action in action research and how do we reach beyond our current practices?
(In Proposal) Facilitating Networked Participatory Action Research in a hub and spoke train the trainer model for the Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Bahrain. This project will be aimed to improve teacher and administrator competency and is targeted for the 2012-2013 school year.
PAST OR CONTINUING RESEARCH & CONSULTING WORK
Principal investigator studying online education and mentoring for doctoral students in the field of education and business management.
5 year project developing local and virtual networks to improve education for students experiencing homelessness or high levels of student mobility across the United States. The WBPD project funded by various education agencies and sponsored by the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children and the Center for Research Strategies, LLC.
Research on the use of web based technologies for professional development: Focused on the Web Based Professional Development project for the National Center for School Engagement.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
James, E.A., Slater, T., Bucknam, A., (2011, in press). Action research for business, non profits and public administration: A tool for complex times. Thousand Oaks, CA. USA: Sage Publishing.
James, E. A. (2009). Participatory action research as professional development: Creating new education practices for homeless or highly mobile students in the United States. Berlin: VDM Verlag
James, E. A. (2008). Participatory action research: Data driven decision making for school leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
James, E. A. (2008). Studying and improving connection and inclusion in online professorship: Dealing with the dark side. Teacher Education Practices-Queen's Conference Proceedings 2008.
James, E. A. (2006a, September 2006). Implementing a national program for educators to use PAR to study disadvantage: What works? Paper presented at the ECER 2006, Geneva.
James, E. A. (2006b). A study of PAR for educators developing new practise in areas of educational disadvantage. Educational Action Research, 14(4).
James, E. A. (2005a). Drop outs or early school leavers: A comparative study between Ireland and the US. Essays in Education, 13(2005), 1-13.
James, E. A. (2005b). The use of participatory action research to create new educational practices for homeless and highly mobile students. Unpublished Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
James, E. A. (2004). Participatory action research uncovers practices that work in schools with high levels of student mobility. Unpublished manuscript, Denver, CO.
James, E. A. (2003). Report to the Sheridan Board of Education. Retrieved January 20, 2004, from http://crsllc.org/Documents/CRS%20Report%20to%20Sheridan%20Board%20of%20Ed.pdf
James, E. A., & Shepard, L. (1991). Interconnections : Resources for health, fitness, and growth. Denver, Colo.: H.U.G.S. Publishing Group.
PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES:
Speaker, panel member and presenter at: Action Research Conference in San Diego, CA May 2011: Why a meta-analysis of action research results: Where is the action in action research and how do we reach beyond our current practices?
Facilitative action research with doctoral students in an online environment. Paper to be presented at the 2010 Collaborative Action Research Network international conference: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Innovations in education: What counts. Experiential workshop for the "Innovative arts based educational enquiry" special interest group at the European Conference on Educational Research 2010: Helsinki, Finland, August 2010.
Student driven choices: Curriculum and educational processes for modern times. Paper presented at the 14th world congress of comparative education societies: Istanbul, Turkey, June 2010
Report of Collaborative Findings: The Good the Bad and the Ugly of work to Redesign Education. Paper presented at CARN, Athens, 2009
Using networks to advance collaborative work: The Future(s) of Education Project. Paper to be presented at the Collaborative Action Research conference in Athens, 2009
How do New Designs for Education and Education Leadership Include Concepts of “Least Intrusive Education (LIE)”? Paper to be presented at the European Education Research Conference in Vienna, 2009
Do Doctoral Candidates Use and Benefit From Online Social Networks as an Aid Their Thesis and Dissertation Process? Paper to be presented at the European Education Research Conference in Vienna, 2009
Studying and Improving Connection and Inclusion in Online Professorship: Dealing with the Dark Side of Institutional Racism – Paper presented at the Teacher Education Practices-Queen's Conference 2008
Valid to whom and in what way? The transformational potential of Participatory Action Research used as professional development – Paper Presented at BERA, London, 2007
Evaluation of Web-Based Professional Development using Participatory Action Research - Paper Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006.
What is it like to be here? – Workshop presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006.
A mixed methodological study of whether and in what ways Participatory Action Research is efficacious for educators developing new practices for homeless or transient students in the United States – Paper presented at the International Practitioner Research Conference, Utrecht, Nederland, 2005
The implementation of three domains of educational practice for homeless and highly mobile students in the United States – Workshop presented at the National Conference for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Kansas City, MO, 2005
Validating “The Three Domains Framework:” Administrators and teachers study educational disadvantage –Paper Presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference in Cardiff, Wales, 2005
A Study Analysing the Efficacy of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as Professional Development with which to Advance Issues of Educational Disadvantage – Paper Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, 2005
Implementing a national program for educators to use PAR to study disadvantage: What works? – Workshop Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, 2005
Prospects for the Future: Use of Participatory Action Research in the Study of Educational Disadvantage – Paper Presented at the Irish Educational Research Conference, Cork, Ireland, 2005
Educational practices for homeless and highly mobile students in the United States – Workshop presented at the National Conference for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Atlanta, GA, 2004
Supporting the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: A report of Findings; – Workshop Presented at the Annual Conference for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Washington, D.C. October 2003.
Quantum education: education for the highest risk kids. – Workshop Presented at the Title One conference for parents and faculty, Colorado Department of Education, 2002.
Organics – a model for organizational development and evaluation for agencies working in prevention. – Workshop Presented at the National Prevention Network Conference in 2001.
Owner and Manager of DoctoralNet.com - a web based solution for mentoring doctoral students through to their dissertations.
Professor and Doctoral Mentor: 2005 – Present
Jones International University: Centennial, Colorado - wrote course content, taught, and mentored
Colorado Technical University: Colorado Springs, CO - wrote course content, taught and mentored
Walden University: Minneapolis, MN - mentor doctoral candidates
Chair of Doctor of Education: Jones International University: 2007-2008
Director of Education Services: 2002 -2006
Center for Research Strategies: Denver, Colorado:
Site Coordinator and Technical Assistance Manager: 2000- 2003
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University: Sites in
Colorado and Texas
Program and Research Consultant: 2000 – Present
A variety of school, not for profit organizations, departments of education and national
service organizations in the United States and Europe
Coordinator of State Incentive Grant Partnership: 1999 -2000
Colorado Foundation for Families and Children: Denver, Colorado
Project Coordinator: 1995 – 1999
Catholic Charities: Denver, Colorado
Business Entrepreneur: 1982-1995
PaZaZZ Studios: Denver, Colorado and New York, New York
Public School Teacher: 1976-1982
Lyons Jr-Sr High School, St. Vrain Valley Schools: Longmont, Colorado
Coordinator of Professional Development: School of Education, Jones International University – 2006 to 2009
Author, Facilitator and Project Manager: National Web-Based Professional Development project for community teams studying educational practice for homeless and highly mobile students – 2003 to present
Principal Investigator and Project Manager for a variety of research grants in education, health and business – Center for Research Strategies, 2002 – 2006
Wrote Technical Assistance Manual for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s Model Program: Striving Together to Achieve Rewarding Tomorrow’s (CASASTART). 2004
Technical assistance coordinator for collaboration to the City of San Antonio Youth Initiatives Office, Department of Community Initiatives. 2002-2004
Developed a fundraising and sustainability plan with the Denver Metro Consortium for Challenging Youth and was responsible for raising $300,000 a year to support programming. 2001-2003
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and MEMBERSHIPS
Founder and member of the Cork Nonfiction Writers Group - 2008-present
Member of a multicultural awareness club in Cork City, Ireland, formed to help transform the world to be friendly to folks from all cultures.
Rotary membership 2000-present
Educational Leadership 2002 Cohort, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, New York
National Staff Development Council: 2001-2002
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: 2001-2002
Denver Community Leadership Forum: 1998, Center for Public-Private Partnership
Outcome Based Performance Measures for the Developmentally Disabled: 1997, Denver, CO
Community and School Assistance Teams Training and Certificate of Recognition: 1995 Denver, CO
Prevention Generalist Certification, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa: 1975,