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Peggy Placier Interviews Carter Ward  -  May 4, 2006, 4:45 PM CST No Child Left Behind - Online Forum Webcast

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[Dr. Carter Ward]

Dr. Carter Ward
Missouri State School Boards Association (MSBA)

Dr. Carter D. Ward is executive director of the Missouri School Boards' Association and has served in that capacity since 1983. Dr. Ward is also the executive director of MSBA's foundation, FutureBuilders, and has served in that capacity since 1995.

Under his leadership, MSBA not only continues to provide outstanding training and advocacy services for Missouri school boards, but has developed a number of innovative programs in the areas of school finance, technology, and risk management.

Dr. Ward is widely recognized for his expertise in strategic planning. He has served on numerous state association review teams for the National School Boards Association and is a past chairman of the NSBA Executive Directors Liaison Committee.

He is the founder of Missouri's Education Roundtable, an organization made up of the major statewide education associations in the state.

Dr. Ward earned a Doctorate in General School Administration and Statistics from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He holds an undergraduate degree from Central Methodist College and a master's degree from Central Missouri State University. He has also been a mathematics teacher and administrator in secondary schools in Missouri.

In 2003, Dr. Ward also was named the Interim Executive Director of the Missouri PTA.


[Dr. Peggy Placier]

Dr. Peggy Placier
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, College of Education, University of Missouri-Columbia

Peggy Placier is an associate professor in Education Policy Studies program of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her areas of teaching include social foundations of teacher education, sociology of education, history of education policy, women in education, and research methods. In her courses she emphasizes a critical analysis of schooling in the social contexts of political structures, cultural communities, and ethical perspectives.

Placier conducts qualitative research on the topics of teacher education practice and policy, state and district policy formation, and the language or rhetoric of policymaking, using sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches. Currently she is at work on articles and a book resulting from a longitudinal study of teacher education reform funded by NSF, as well as a chapter with Peter M. Hall on leadership in the Coalition of Essential Schools. Her articles have been published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Policy, Curriculum Inquiry, Qualitative Studies in Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly, and she has also published a number of book chapters.

She holds a B.A. (English, Secondary Education) from Ohio University, an M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of Arizona. Placier also serves as a member of the MU Faculty Council and is a member of AERA, AESA, and the American Anthropoligical Association.


NCLB-OLF host, Peggy Placier, interviewed Dr. Carter Ward, Director of the Missouri State School Boards Association.

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