This issue’s licensure update has to be short because Dr. Dave Peterson took the M.A. in Educational Leadership international and has been busy with its logistics. Partnering with the Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) in Doha, Qatar, the Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration will be training faculty and administration at the school. QLA is subsidizing 50 percent of the tuition of their own participating employees as a part of their continued efforts to invest in the holistic development of the boarding school through the faculty, staff and student body.
The connection was initiated by Jamie Steckart, an alum of the department’s Educational Leadership program at the Minneapolis campus. Steckart now operates as the principal of the QLA, which is supported by the Qatar Foundation. QLA is an IB World School, offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program, which provides holistic and comprehensive education – along with challenging assessments – to develop critical thinking and the skills necessary to meet to constantly changing world; additionally, its curriculum includes:
Leadership program, which aims to develop the individual potential of every cadet: building self-esteem, self-discipline and character.Islamic studies and heritage programs, which celebrate Islamic and Arabic culture and values.Competitive sports program, which promotes personal fitness. Cadets have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create a healthy lifestyle.
The M.A. in educational leadership at QLA will be similar to the program offered at St. Thomas. But delivery will follow a hybrid model with some content on site at QLA, some online and some on campus at St. Thomas.