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Terry (Terry) Orr

Director, Future School Leaders Academy

Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Leadership preparation and development, Principal evaluation, School restructuring and improvement

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I strongly believe in the potential of education to engender ideas, encourage creativity and enable opportunities for all learners, and that leaders can be catalysts for this work in the ways that they interact with others. My approach to leadership development is grounded in the core tenets of progressive education as highly experiential, developmental, and democratic. Through the exploration of values and social justice commitments, inquiry projects, integrated theory and practice coursework, and challenging hands-on field experiences, I help aspiring leaders—as their own cooperative learning community—become such catalysts who will lead change and create quality learning for all in their schools and districts.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

  • Program evaluator for schools and districts (e.g. dropout prevention, high school to college and careers).
  • Professional development consultant on curriculum and organizational matters for schools and districts.
  • School improvement consultant to support low-performing schools make achievement progress.
  • Leadership development specialist for districts and consortia of school and district leaders.

Recent Professional Contributions

  • Co-chaired work group on field knowledge to improve national school leadership standards for the Council on Chief State School Officers.
  • Directs the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders Assessment Development Project, to establish performance assessments for school leader licensure.
  • Leadership development seminars on teacher and principal evaluation for school and district leaders.
  • Vice President, Division A-American Educational Research Association (2012-2015).
  • President, Metropolitan Council of Educational Administration Programs (NYC).

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, Columbia University
  • M.A. and M.Ed., Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A., Sociology, Denison University

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Orphanos, S. & Orr, M. T. (2014). Learning leadership matters: The influence of innovative school leadership preparation on teachers' experiences and outcomes. Educational Management Administration & Leadership.

  • Byrne-Jimenez, M. & Orr, M. T. (2013) Evaluating social justice leadership preparation. Tillman, L. and Scherich, J. J. (eds.). Handbook of Social Justice Leadership.

  • Orr, M. T., O’Dogherty, A., & Barber, M. (2012). Developing a purposeful and coherent leadership preparation curriculum. Charlottesville, VA: University Council of Educational Administration.

  • Byrne-Jimenez, M. & Orr, M. T. (2012). Thinking in Three Dimensions: Leadership for Capacity-Building, Sustainability & Succession. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

  • Orr, M. T. (2012). When districts drive leadership preparation partnerships: lessons from six urban district initiatives. Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 9(3), 3-17.

  • Orr, M. T., & Orphanos, S. (2011). How graduate-level preparation influences the effectiveness of school leaders: A comparison of the outcomes of innovative and conventional leadership preparation programs on principals. Educational Administration Quarterly, 47(1), 18-70.

  • Orr, M. T., King, C., LaPointe, M. (2010). Districts developing leaders: Lessons on consumer actions and program approaches from eight urban districts. Newton, Massachusetts: EDC.

  • Darling-Hammond, L., Meyerson, D., LaPointe, M., & Orr, M. T. (2009). Preparing school leaders for a changing world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Orr, M. T. (2009). Program evaluation in leadership preparation and related fields. In M. D. Young & G. Crow (Eds.), Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (pp. 457-498). New York: Routledge.

  • Orr, M. T., Berg, B., Shore, R., & Meier, E. (2008). Putting the pieces together: Leadership for change in low-performing urban schools. Education and Urban Society, 40(6), 670-693.

  • Byrne-Jimenez, M. & Orr, M. T. (2007). Developing effective principals through collaborative inquiry. New York: Teachers College Press.

  • Orr, M. T. (2006). Learning the superintendency: Socialization, negotiation, determination. Teachers College Record 108(7), 1362-1403.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4546
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025