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Educational Leadership

Dawn Montgomery

Assistant Professor

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Rogers Hall

Educational Administration Program Director, Advisor for all Continuing Administrator License students in the State and all Educational Specialist degree students.

Dawn’s 32 years in K-12 education supports her coaching and professional development of leaders.  Her varied work experience include elementary and middle school teacher, middle and high school vice principal, high school principal, and district office director overseeing many district programs and initiatives including: alternative education, mathematics, counseling, high school diplomas, college prep, district equity team, grading and assessment, professional learning communities, etc.  She also serves as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, a trainer for Uniting to Understand Racism, a leadership performance coach, and a teacher inquiry team facilitator.

Dawn Montgomery joined the Graduate School of Education in the fall of 2011. In addition to teaching in the local and satellite initial and continuing licensing programs, Dawn advises continuing license students, designs and revises curriculum, and works with college faculty and school leaders to address the needs of school and district leaders.

Personal Statement

“Marge Piercy’s poem “To Be of Use” illustrates my philosophy and my commitment to education and to teaching educational administration at Lewis & Clark. “I want to be with people who… submerge in the task…who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out…” The hard tasks necessary to make a difference for all students in our schools is the work that matters most, “the thing worth doing well done” and is where my heart lies.  Preparing and coaching administrators who lead our schools and districts is an exciting next step for me after a full career in K-12 education.  Lewis and Clark has been a home through the birth of my administrative career, the completion of my doctorate, and now directing our educational administration programs. I believe supporting and building the skills, ideas and effectiveness of educational leaders during these most challenging times is critical to to the lives of all our children and to our democracy.”

Areas of Expertise

Equity and Social Justice, Secondary School Reform, Professional Learning Communities, Leadership Development, Courage and Renewal Facilitation, Inquiry Teams, Leadership Performance Coaching.

Current Research

Dawn’s passion lies in the facilitation of professional learning communities in order to break down the isolation of the educator, identify problems of practice and increase dialogue and risk-taking in order to improve schools.  She continues to research the links between successful professional development and school improvement.  She hopes her work helping educators align “soul with role” will lead to research of its connection to successful leadership practices.

Academic Credentials

Ed.D. 2007 Lewis & Clark, M.A. 1980 University of Oregon, B.A. 1979 University of Oregon

From the Newsroom

  • Dawn Montgomery, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and director of the educational administration program, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators’ (OALA) Tom Ruhl Ally award.