​Faculty & Staff: Leslie McClain


Leslie McClain

Professor
Phone: 715-346-4218
Office: CPS 449

Education

  • 1985, Ph.D. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas,   Lawrence, Kansas. Major: Reading; Minor: Psychology
  • 1980, M.S. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas
  • 1974, B.S. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Major: English

Focus

  • Content Area Literacy Instruction
  • Administration of Literacy Programs
  • Wisdom and Compassion in Education

Courses

  • Reading in the Secondary School
  • Reading and Writing for Content Understanding
  • Remedial Reading
  • Teacher Action Research in Reading
  • Supervision and Administration of Reading Programs
  • Special Topics: Cultivating Compassionate Schools; Wisdom-Centered Leadership

Publications and Presentations

Book Chapters

Ylimaki, Rose M. & McClain, Leslie (2006) Instructional leadership and U.S. accountability policies. In R. Openshaw & J. Soler (Eds) Reading across international boundaries:  History, policy, and politics. Grenenwich, CT:  Information Age Publ.

Journal Articles

Ylimaki, R. & McClain, L. (2009) Wisdom-Centered Educational Leadership (with R.Ylimaki) International Journal of Leadership in Education, 12(1) 13-33.

McClain, L.  & Xiong, K. (2005)  Continuing the promise: Recruiting and preparing Hmong-American Educators for Central Wisconsin (2005). Hmong Studies Journal, 6, 208-223.

Ylimaki, R. &  McClain, L. (2005) Instructional Leadership at the Crossroads: Unintended Outcomes of Current Reading Policies. The Journal of Leadership and Policy in Schools, 4 (4) 261-280. 

International Presentations

Wisdom and Compassion of the Democratic Leader: Perceptions of the Bodhisattva Ideal in Theory and Practice (with R.Ylimaki & M. Ford), European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna, Austria. Fall, 2009.

Instructional Leadership and High Stakes Accountability. European Conference on Educational Research (with R. Ylimaki), Dublin, Ireland. Fall 2005. 

National

Cherishing the Heart of Education: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion in Schooling Culture. Schooling Tibetan Children Multi-Nationally: A Window into the Global Culture for Education , University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA (invited paper). May 2009.

Wisdom and Compassion of the Democratic Leader: Perceptions of the Bodhisattva Ideal. (with R. Ylimaki & M. Ford).  University Council for Educational Administration. November 2008.

Wisdom-Centered Leadership in Education: Practices of the Bodhisattva Leader. University Council for Educational Administration. November 2007.