Margaret Terry Orr
Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy
113 W. 60th Street
New York, New York 10023
Margaret Terry Orr, Ph.D., is division chair and director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy program. She joined the faculty of the Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Division (ELAP) in 2017. Previously, she was on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education, where she directed the Future School Leaders Academy, a two-year, dual certification leadership preparation program in partnership with 30+ school districts. In her prior work, she was an associate professor of Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and a senior research associate at the Academy for Educational Development (now FHI 360).
For the past four years, Orr has coordinated the division’s partnership with the Bronx school districts and nearby school districts as part of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching initiative: Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD). The purpose of this initiative has been to incorporate equity-focused improvement science principles into leadership preparation and development. Through this work, Orr has led the division in redesigning its Ed.D. program around these principles, facilitated assistant principal development through networked improvement communities focused on math instruction, and established two Bronx Ed.D. cohorts of school and district leaders. She has conducted a great number of regional and national studies over the last 35 years on leadership preparation approaches and school and district reform initiatives, and has published numerous books and articles. Orr's books address effective approaches to leadership preparation and development. Her articles on preparation program effects demonstrate the influence of preparation on leadership practices and school improvement work.
Orr has advised New York and other states on leadership preparation and teacher and principal evaluation and leadership licensure exams, and provided training for school districts on teacher and principal evaluation. She served on committees that developed the national 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and helped to set national quality standards for leadership preparation programs. She is past Division A-Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Orr has also received the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) Edwin M. Bridges Award for Significant Contributions to the Preparation and Development of School Leaders (2015) and the AERA Learning and Teaching Educational Leadership-Special Interest Group (SIG) Distinguished Researcher Award (2008).