Debra LeBlanc, Ed.D.

Visiting Professor, Chair, MAEL and Special Education (non certified) programs
School of Education

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 226D
Telephone: 630-844-5658
Email Address: dleblanc@aurora.edu

My teaching philosophy is to bring enthusiasm and passion for the content area to the classroom. I design my instructional presentations to include a variety of learning modalities. I contribute to our candidates' intellectual growth by encouraging them to listen and learn from different perspectives and examine and reflect on key ideas and practices that shape our educational world. My goal to help them reach optimal success in the classroom setting in order to transition their learning to practices in their school environment.

Education:
Certificate of Advanced Studies, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Ed.D. - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
M.S. - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
B.S. - Quincy University, Quincy, IL

Areas of Specialization
Curriculum Instruction Design and Evaluation
Special Education
Leadership, Administration, Supervision
Response to Intervention
Educational Program Design

Courses Taught
The Leadership Role in Curriculum Development, Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation
The Individual, Cognition, and Learning
School Supervision
School Administration
The Learning Environment
Assessment and Learning
The Teacher Leaders Role in Professional Development
Supervision and Administration in Literacy I
Supervision and Administration in Literacy II
Current Research in Cross Categorical Special Education Programming and Assessment
MAEL Practicum

Professional Awards
Leadership Management Seminar, Delta Kappa Gamma International, Austin, Texas, July 2012
Elementary School Principal of the Year, DuPage County, 2011
Outstanding Service Award, Downers Grove Township, 2005
Who’s Who Among Top Executives, 1998
Award of Excellence, Illinois Math and Science Academy, 1996
Award of Excellence, Illinois State Board of Education, ”Those Who Excel”, 1991

Professional Achievements
Professional Member – Judson University, Doctor of Literacy, co-authored development of program,
2010-present
Charter Member, DuPage Regional Office of Education Administrators Academy Steering Committee, 2005-present
Membership Chair, Illinois Principals Association, DuPage Region, 2005-2007, 2011-2015
Director, Illinois Principals Association, DuPage Region, 2003-2005
Associate, Regional Office of Education Administrators Academy, 1997
Reviewer, Illinois State Board of Education, Quality Assurance Review, September 1996 and October 1997
Reader, Illinois State Board of Education Goals 2000, November 1995
Leadership Conference Member, Illinois State Board of Education, 1992-1998
Those Who Excel Award Reader, Illinois State Board of Education, 2000-2004
Key Contributor Award, Delta Kappa Gamma, Lambda State, Beta Phi, 2004

Presentations
Illinois Association of School Board, “Triple I Conference”, November 2010, Presented Principal Evaluation Instrument to Illinois State Board of Education
Leadership for Excellence and Equity for All – DuPage Regional Office of Education, January 2009
Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Reading Conference, March 2006
Illinois Principals Association Professional Conference, October 2004

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Council on Licensure of School Professionals