Sylvia S. Bagley started working at Mount St. Mary's College in 2007 as an adjunct professor, and was hired as the Fritz Burns Endowed Chair in Instructional Leadership in fall of 2008. Until spring of 2012, she was director of the Instructional Leadership Masters and Certificate Programs at the Mount, and directed the Clear Credential program for credentialed teachers. She currently resides in Seattle with her family, where she is an adjunct professor with the University of Washington. She retains ties with MSMC through her work as an online adjunct professor, teaching EDU 296A and EDU 296B to a group of Masters candidates.
Dr. Bagley has been involved in the field of education for the past seventeen years. After working as a teacher’s aide and then a substitute teacher, she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University at San Marcos in 2000, and taught 4th and 5th grade at Ivanhoe Elementary school in Los Angeles for three years. During this time, she served as the English Learner (EL) Coordinator for her school site, maintaining all aspects of assessment and management for the EL program, and working to ensure that all teachers felt comfortable scaffolding instruction for their ELs. The following year, she became an Instructional Math Coach at Ivanhoe, collaborating with teachers to help them improve their math instruction and assessment. She remains interested in issues related to both English Learner Development and peer coaching, and taught classes at the Mount in both areas.
Dr. Bagley received both her Masters (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in the Philosophy and History of Education from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her dissertation – entitled “Alternative Assessment and Students’ Identities as Learners” – explored students’ responses to the use of narrative evaluations, portfolios, presentations, and detailed rubrics in place of letter grades at an alternative high school in Southern California. Recent publications and conference presentations have both drawn from and expanded upon this early work, and she remains committed to researching the ways in which alternative assessment can make a difference in students’ lived experiences.
In addition, Dr. Bagley has worked and conducted research in the field of international and comparative education. As the Academic Integration Specialist for UCLA’s Education Abroad Program from 2005-2006, she helped to improve the integration of study abroad courses with UC curricula. From 2006-2007, she was Co-Administrative Director of the Center for International and Development Education at UCLA, mentoring graduate students in Comparative Education and helping to coordinate international exchange programs for teachers from developing countries. In 2010, she co-edited a book on higher education and the global competition phenomenon (published by Palgrave Macmillan), and has followed this with additional conference presentations and articles on the topic. In 2009, she co-wrote a chapter about a unique form of non-formal adult education in Scandinavia known as folk high schools; a new chapter on this topic (to be published in Sweden) will be forthcoming in fall of 2012.
Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, Dr. Bagley worked with two colleagues (Dr. Carol Johnston and Dr. Kimmie Tang) to research how technology standards and 21st century learning skills for K-12 instructors and students could be incorporated into the Education Department's existing programs. In addition, she researched best practices for developing hybrid-online courses in higher education, and applied what she learned to two courses at the Mount. Funding for this opportunity was made available through the Mount's recent Title V grant for graduate education.
During her tenure at MSMC, Dr. Bagley was a member of the governing board for Los Angeles Teacher Preparatory (LATP). a pilot high school in downtown Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).
Laura Portnoi, Val D. Rust, and Sylvia S. Bagley (Editors). (2010). Higher Education, Policy, and the Global Competition Phenomenon. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Click here to read more about the book
Laura Portnoi, Sylvia S. Bagley, and Val D. Rust. "Mapping the Terrain: The Global Competition Phenomenon in Higher Education." In L. Portnoi, V.D. Rust, and S.S. Bagley (Eds.), Higher Education, Policy, and the Global Competition Phenomenon. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Book review of Higher Learning, Greater Good by Walter W. McMahon (2009). Comparative Education Review, Volume 54, Issue 1, 2010. Click here to download a PDF of this review
“Community-Based Folk High Schools in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.” In R. Raby & E. Valeau (Eds.), Community College Models: Globalization and Higher Education Reform. Springer Publishers, 2009.
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“High School Students’ Perceptions of Narrative Evaluations as Summative Assessment”. American Secondary Education, Volume 36, Issue 3, Summer 2008. Click here to download a PDF of this article
“Growth, Personalization, and Dialogical Exchange in High School”. Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies. Volume 4, Issue 1, 2008. http://repositories.cdlib.org/gseis/interactions/vol4/iss1/art5/
“Reflections, Journeys, and Possessions: Metaphors of Assessment Used by High School Students”. Teachers College Record: July 5, 2006. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=12570
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