Colleen O'Neil Professional Title: Adjunct Professor Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Instructional design; assessment Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Educational technology, instructional design, school leadership. Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: EAGSR 7121: Leading and Learning with Technology Education: BA, University of Southern Colorado; MEd, University of Northern Colorado; EdS, University of Colorado at Denver; EdD, Bethel University (Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies) Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: A Study of Staff Engagement and Teacher Preparation Characteristics on the Growth of Students in Literacy in Grades 4 Through 10 (2012).
This is Colleen's second year working with Lesley and her 8th year working with graduate programs in a variety of content areas including educational technology, instructional design and school leadership.
Outside of her work at Lesley, she is the director of curriculum career, and technical education, for the South Dakota Department of Education. Colleen facilitates the work of three offices, including Curriculum, Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Post-Secondary CTE, where she oversees the four public Technical Institutes in the state. Colleen works with the Secretary of Education, Governor’s Office and other division directors to create alignment of the department of education’s aspiration to ensure that all students graduate college, career and life ready.
Before coming to the South Dakota Department of Education she called a school district in northern Colorado home. In her Colorado school district, she served as the assistant to the superintendent, chief human resource officer, and elementary school administrator. Prior to her work at the school district she was a project manager and assessment specialist for the Colorado Department of Education, chief learning officer for an eLearning company and a middle and high school English teacher and coach. For 13 years, Colleen has also ran her own standup and online instructional design consulting firm working predominantly with college text book publishing companies, governmental agencies such as NASA and Homeland Security, and private organizations such as healthcare systems.
Colleen's primary area of research concentration is on staff engagement and student growth. Her most recent publication is her work, A Study of Staff Engagement and Teacher Preparation Characteristics on the Growth of Students in Literacy in Grades 4 Through 10 (2012). She continues to also focus her research on the elements of core leadership that create effective organizations and systems in which students grow, thrive and achieve. At heart, Colleen is not only a relationship-oriented leader but also a systems person and believes that without the systems working well for the people in our field and for our students, educational achievement is nearly impossible. We must first align the systems for effectiveness and support all stakeholders in the system in order to create climates for our staff and students that are highly engaging, yet rigorous and accountable.
Outside of work, Colleen splits her time between living in Colorado and South Dakota. Her significant other and her step-children live in South Dakota on the Missouri River where he owns a ranch and works as a conservation officer for a Lakota Indian Reservation. Her mom, dad, brother, nephew and several cousins live in Colorado. While she may spend a good amount of time on the road between the two states, she believes she has the best of both worlds with the mountains of Colorado and the beautiful hills around the Missouri River to ride her horses and hike with her dogs. She loves spending time with her family and goes to as many school events, football, hockey and basketball games as possible. She is an avid lifelong learner, passionate reader and greatly enjoys live theater as well as traveling in and out of the U.S.