Ed Howerton, EdD

Ed HowertonAssociate Professor of Education
Office Location: Institute for Collaboration 215
Phone Number: 630-844-5626
Email Address: ehowerton@aurora.edu

Teaching Philosophy

Teachers impact the future. As an instructor in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, I facilitate the training and development of future educational leaders using a number of professional standards. Learners need to develop both hard and soft skills and need to internalize their learning. I train candidates to develop and properly use the tools necessary to lead in the education profession in Illinois and help them develop the thinking skills that can be applied in other states or other leadership positions. During the process, I foster candidates’ recognition of their personal leadership styles and work with them to develop their leadership capacity to its fullest potential. The teacher and learner roles need to be symbiotic with each person learning from the other. Because I work with adults, I utilize andragogy principles to: involve candidates in the planning and evaluation of instruction, utilize their experiences as the basis for learning activities, ensure learning is relevant and has an impact on their professional or personal lives, and incorporate problem-based rather than content-based activities. Teachers need to be passionate and compassionate. Throughout the process of the internship, I support candidates as they complete activities with fidelity, take the required endorsement exams and seek positions in administration.

EdD (Administration), Aurora University
MS Education (Curriculum and Instruction), Northern Illinois University
BA Liberal Arts and Sciences (Communications and Theater), University of Illinois

Areas of Specialization
Educational leadership
Organizational theory
School finance
Human resources
Teacher evaluation
School culture and climate
Opening new schools

Courses Taught
EDU6510 Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory
EDU6525 The Leader’s Role in Human Resources and Supervision of Staff
EDU6565 The Leader’s Role in Fiscal Management
EDU6585/6590/6595 Internship for Educational Leaders

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Opened and led two schools: Oswego East High School, Oswego, IL and John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, Aurora , IL.
Developed a crosswalk for the various professional standards used in the MAEL program, aligned my courses to those standards and developed standards-based assignments and assessments.
Led the transition from hard copy portfolios to digital portfolios in the MAEL/PEP internship.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Opened John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School in 2014 and served as the director for its first year.
Spartan Mentor for the women’s basketball team.
Member of Faculty Affairs Committee, Instructional Technology Committee, and Student Life Committee