2019 CREATE Conference Keynote Speaker
Dr. Steve Tozer
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Chicago
Until retiring from his academic position in August 2018, Steve Tozer was founding Coordinator of the UIC EdD Urban Education Leadership program, which in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), has received national awards for exemplary practice from leading academic and policy organizations such as the University Council of Education Administration and the Council of the Great City Schools, a professional organization of urban superintendents. Steve is also founding Director of UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership, which recently received the Carnegie Foundation Spotlight Award for Quality in Continuous Improvement. Steve was educated at Dartmouth College, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He served as head of Curriculum and Instruction at UIUC; Chair of Policy Studies at UIC; President of the American Educational Studies Association; and President of the Council for Social Foundations of Education. In 2008 he chaired an Illinois Board of Education Legislative Task Force that led to the nation’s first P-12 Principal endorsement. Author or co-author of over 50 journal articles and book chapters, he is lead author of School and Society, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 8th Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2019); and lead editor of The Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education (Routledge, 2011). He was named a University Faculty Fellow and University Scholar at UIC. In 2017 he was appointed as a Fellow of the George W. Bush Institute School Leadership Initiative, which focuses on changing school leader policy nationwide. He is currently engaged in research and practice in improving school leadership policy at the district, state, and higher education policy levels, including a funded project to improve principal supervision and development in Chicago Public Schools.