Dr. Lori Rhodes is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sonoma State University. She began teaching in South Central Los Angeles with the Teach For America program and has served as a teacher and an administrator in public, independent, and charter schools in California, New York, and Connecticut for over twenty years. Her current research focuses on improving principal preparation programs as they align with state requirements and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Dr. Rhodes is also researching distributed leadership using a strength-based approach, responsive trauma-informed leadership strategies in schools, and the preparation of first generation high school students for admission to college. She is the Founder/Director of FirstGen College Counseling in Healdsburg (CA) and serves on the Sonoma County Equity in Education Council.
- Ph.D. in History of Education, Stanford University, 2010 (Through the same lens but from a different angle: Latino ethnic identity formation in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1968-1974)
- M.A. in American History, Stanford University, 2006
- M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, Columbia University, Teachers College, 2002
- B.A. in History, Binghamton University, 1994
Certificates and Endorsements
- California Administrative Services Credential
- California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD) Certificate (Spanish)
- Use of strength-based distributed leadership for increased teacher efficacy and professional capital
- Redesign of principal preparation programs with community partner engagement
- Implementation of responsive trauma-informed leadership strategies in schools
- Sociocultural and historical analysis of reform movements
- Access and equity in education
- Charter schools and urban education
Jouganatos, S., Rhodes, L., & Faddis, T. (2020). Universities and stakeholders create partnerships to collaboratively redesign principal preparation programs. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA). San Francisco, California.
Rhodes, L., Rasori, T., & Walker, J. (2020). A strength-based approach to leadership and collaboration for educators. Paper presentation at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Ted Andrews Winter Symposium. San Diego, California.
Reising, A., Klesch, H., Faddis, T., Rhodes, L., Jouganatos, S., Szolowicz, M., & Portin, B. (2020). The California Administrator Performance Assessment: Leading for equity in California through principal preparation redesign. Panel presentation at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Ted Andrews Winter Symposium. San Diego, California.
Rhodes, L., Faddis, T., & Jouganatos, S. (2019). Principal preparation redesign in California: Partnership, performance assessment, and leading for equity. Paper Symposium presented at the annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Szolowicz, M., Bagwell, J., Edeburn, E., Rhodes, L., Neto, R., & Reising, A. (2019). Addressing the CalAPA reflective narrative: Best practices and next steps. Panel Interactive Session presented at the fall conference of the California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Palm Desert, California.
Henry, W. and Rhodes, L. (2019). Authentic skill building for family and community engagement: Sharing our practices. Roundtable Session presented at the fall conference of the California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Palm Desert, California.
Rhodes, L., Faddis, T., Jouganatos, S., & Portin, B. (2019). Collaborative redesign for equity-driven leadership. Panel Presentation at the spring conference of the California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Sacramento, California.
Reardon, S.F. & Rhodes, L. (2011). The Effects of Socioeconomic School Integration Plans on Racial School Desegregation. Invited chapter in E. Frankenberg & E. DeBray-Pelot (Eds.) Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation. Chapel Hill: UNC Press: 187-207.
Kirst, M.W. & Rhodes, L. (2010). Linking Education Funding with Standards-Based Reform and Community-Based Resources. Invited chapter in J. E. Adams, Jr (Ed.) Smart Money: Using Educational Resources to Accomplish Ambitious Learning Goals. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press: 213-233.