Ginny Birky

Ginny BirkyProfessor

Educational Foundations and Leadership Dept.
Telephone: 503-554-2854
E-mail: gbirky@georgefox.edu 


Ginny has a PhD in Education from Oregon State University, a master’s degree from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College (Indiana).  She has spent the last 12 years teaching at George Fox University where she teaches both master’s and doctoral students, serves on a variety of doctoral and campus committees, and co-leads a partnership with a local school district.  Previous to coming to George Fox, Ginny taught for 18 years at the secondary level in Jamaica, Ohio, Colorado, and Oregon, as well as three years at Oregon State University.  Her research interests include high school reform, teacher leadership, and school-university partnerships.

Ginny grew up in the Indiana and is married to Karl, a civil engineer with a specialty in traffic engineering.  Together they enjoy hiking high mountains and entertaining guests in their home.  Ginny also enjoys working in flowerbeds and home decorating.

PUBLICATIONS

Birky, G. (in press). Joy. In Dee, A. & Tiffin, G. (Eds.), Biblical themes for education (pp. X-X).  Wipf and Stock.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2011). Revisiting teacher leadership: Perceptions of teachers and principals.  Northwest Passages: Journal of Educational Practices, 9(2), 35-46. 

Birky, G. (2009).  Spotlight on Success: What’s working in Oregon high schools? Ten documents posted on Oregon Department of Education website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1696

Shelton, M., Birky, V. D., & Headley, W. S. (2008). Encouraging teacher leaders. In W. K. Hoy & M. DiPaola (Eds.), Improving schools: Studies in leadership and culture: Vol. 7. Research and theory in educational leadership (7th ed., pp. 169-191). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Shelton, M., Birky, G., & Headley, W. S. (2007, April).  Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Birky, V.D., Shelton, M., & Headley, W.S. (2006).  An administrator's challenge: Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  NASSP Bulletin 90(2), 87-101.  (NASSP Bulletin is a journal of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.)

Headley, W. S., Shelton, M., & Birky, G. (2004). “Site councils in Oregon high schools 2004 council chairs’ views: A preliminary report.”  Presented to the Oregon Department of Education.

Birky, G., & Ward, C. (2003).  Perspectives of teacher leaders in an educational reform environment: Finding meaning in their involvement.  Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly (2)1, 9-22.

Carr, K., & Birky, G. (2003).  High talkers, low talkers, and internet message boards.  In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of EDMEDIA 2003, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June 28-23, 2003, Honolulu, HI, 1818-1821.

Birky, V. (2001).  Doctoral Dissertation: Perspectives of teacher leaders in an educational reform environment: Finding meaning in their involvement.  Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Copa, G.H., Bodette, D., & Birky, G. (1999).  New designs for learning: The school of environmental studies. (Impact of New Designs for the Comprehensive High School, Report No. 1, NCRVE). Corvallis: Oregon State University.

Copa, G.H., Plihal, J., Birky, G., Upton, K. (1999).  New designs for staffing and staff development in secondary and postsecondary education.  Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.

Parenthood education curriculum model.  (1990). Salem, OR: Oregon Department of Education.  (V. Birky was Project Associate and Co-Editor (team of eight writers) that produced this curriculum guide through a grant to Oregon State University.  This publication received the Vocational Instructional Materials Award at the 1991 American Vocational Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.)

  

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES  

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2012, April). Teacher leadership: What do principals and teachers perceive about roles, characteristics, and qualities? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, B.C.  

Morton, B. & Birky, G. (2012, April). Innovative partnerships in teacher preparation programs: Re-thinking the clinical practice model for school improvement. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Network on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Vancouver, B.C.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2012, January). The perceptions of principals and teachers related to teacher leadership: Roles, characteristics, and qualities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Salem, OR. 

Birky, G. (2011, April). Successful models of high school reform: Implications for educators of secondary teachers and administrators. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators, Lacey, WA.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2011, April). Revisiting teacher leadership: Differences in educator perceptions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators, Lacey, WA.

Birky, G. (2010, March). Models of successful high school reform: Implications for practitioners in secondary education and professors of educational leadership. Paper presented at National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Phoenix, AZ. 

Birky, G. (2009, April). Creating a sense of community in Oregon high schools: Practices for success. Presented at the annual meeting of the annual meeting of the Oregon Association of Career and Technical Education, Salishan, OR.

Birky, G. (2009, April). Creating a sense of community in high schools: Successful models that work.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. 

Birky, G. (2009, February). Spotlight on success: What works in Oregon high schools.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Portland, OR. 

Birky, G. (2008, April). Building pathways to student success: Stories of high school reform that inspire educators to embrace and initiate effective change.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education, Sun River, OR.

Birky, G. (2008, March). Teacher education and high school reform: Stories that inspire future teachers to embrace, promote, and initiate change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New York, NY.

Birky, G. (2008, March). High school reform: Powerful stories that inspire educators to embrace, promote, and initiate effective change.  Paper presented at Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Salem, OR. 

Birky, V.D., & Shelton, M. (2007, April). Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. 

Birky, V.D., Shelton, M., & Headley, W.S. (2007, February). An administrator’s challenge: Encouraging teachers to be leaders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Las Vegas, NV.

Birky, V. D., Shelton, M., & Headley, W.S. (2007, February). An administrator’s challenge. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators, Portland, OR. 

Birky, G., & Sommers, D. (2005, February). Collaborative connections: Bringing school districts and teacher education together.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators, Portland, OR. 

Phillips, D., & Birky, G. (2004, April). Cultivating leaders: Bringing school districts and teacher education together.  Paper co-presented with Dr. Donna Phillips. American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. 

Birky, G., & Bunch, R. (2004, February). Discerning teacher dispositions.  Co-presented with Dr. Roy Bunch.  Oregon Association of Teacher Educators, Tualatin, OR. 

Birky, G., & Phillips, D. (2003, October). Cultivating leaders: Bringing school districts and teacher education together.  Paper co-presented with Dr. Donna Phillips. Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Jackson Hole, WY. 

Carr, K., & Birky, G. (2003, October). High talkers, low talkers, and internet message boards. Paper presented at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Jackson Hole, WY. 

Birky, G., (2003, June). Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented to the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, Seaside, OR. 

Birky, V.D. (2003, April). Perspectives of Teacher Leaders in an Educational Reform Environment: Finding Meaning in their Involvement.  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Lives of Teachers Special Interest Group, Chicago, IL.

Carr, K., & Birky, G. (2003, February). High talkers, low talkers, and internet message boards.  Paper co-presented with Dr. Kevin Carr. Oregon Research Association of Teacher Educators, Portland, OR.

Birky, G. (2003, February). Collaborative connections: Bringing high schools and teacher education together.  Career and Technical Teacher Education Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

Birky, G. (2002, November). The power of using websites with preservice teachers.  Paper presented at the Educational Technology Symposium, Reno, NV.

Carr, K., & Birky, G. (2002, November). High talkers, low talkers and internet message boards.  Presented at the Educational Technology Symposium, Reno, NV.

Birky, G. (2002, June). Encouraging teachers to be leaders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Christian Schools International, Northwest Region, Seaside, OR.

Birky, G. (2002, February). Giving teacher leaders a voice: Exploring and encouraging their role.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Research Association of Teacher Educators, Portland, OR.

Family and Consumer Studies teachers’ involvement in the Certificate of Advanced Mastery - Human Resources. (1998). Co-presenter, Summer Conference, Oregon Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Studies, Portland, OR.

Child Development/Parenthood Education Curriculum. (1996). Co-presenter, Oregon Department of Education Child Development and Student Parent Workshop, McMinnville, OR. 

Making linkages to teacher preparations in the community. (1996). Panel Participant, Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, Salem, OR.

Child Development Center/Teen Parent Grant Programs. (1995). Panel Participant, Fall Conference, Oregon Professional and Technical Development Association.

Integrating Family and Consumer Studies with English. (1995). Co-presenter, Summit Conference, Oregon Teachers of Family and Consumer Studies.

Using Portfolios in the Classroom. (1994). Presenter, Summit Conference, Oregon Teachers of Home Economics.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Birky, G. (2005, November). Aligning learning with high school design. Workshop Facilitator, Council of Educational Facilities Planners (CEFPI) Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, Annual Conference, Sun River, OR.

Birky, V. D. (2004, March). Perspectives of Teacher Leaders in an Educational Reform Environment: Finding Meaning in their Involvement. Spring Faculty Lecture, George Fox University, Newberg, OR.

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