Miriam Deborah Ezzani

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Dr. Miriam Ezzani teaches graduate students in Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. With academic and professional roots in urban education, her area of scholarship is in educational justice within the context of organizational leadership, professional development, and district and school reform. Prior to her arrival at UNT, she served as a school administrator in the state of California and prior to that as a literacy coach and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds administrative credentials in the states of Texas and California. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership. Her community service includes leadership coaching and mentoring of high school and undergraduate students, which results in literacy service projects in under-resourced schools.

Research, Publications, and Presentations

Ezzani, M.D. & Brooks, M.C. (2015).  (Mis)Understanding Islam in a Suburban Texas School District. Religion and Educationhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15507394.2015.1013408#.VQ

Ezzani, M.D. (2015).  Coherent district reform: A case study of two California school districts, Cogent Education: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2015.1018698

Ezzani, M.D. (2014).  Ethical Leadership:  A Texas School District's Efforts Toward Cultural Proficiency.  Values and Ethics in Educational Administration.  University Council for Educational Administration's Centre for the Study of Leadership and Ethics.

Ezzani, M. (2013). Ethical leadership: A Texas school district's efforts toward cultural competence. 18th Annual Values and Leadership Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.

Ezzani, M. (2013). How can you be a culturally proficient leader? Kappa Delta Pi Convocation Workshop, Dallas, TX.

Ezzani, M., & Brooks, M. (2013). Texas school district's efforts for cultural competency: Expanding understanding of Islam and religious difference. Conference paper presentation, UCEA, Indianapolis, IN.

Ezzani, M. (2013).  Distributive leadership district-wide: Data-informed and action-driven. Conference paper presentation, UCEA, Indianapolis, IN.

Ezzani, M. (2012).  Giving Back for Literacy and a Better World.  Giving Tuesday Series of The Huffington Post Blog. 

Ezzani, M. (2012).  Words Which Open Doors.  Keynote Address:  Aga Khan Foundation Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

Ezzani, M. (2012).  What is culturally relevant pedagogy?  Professional Development School (PDS) Seminar.

Ezzani, M. (2012).  Classroom Interactions and English Language Learners.  Workshop for Secondary Math and Science Pre-Service Teachers.

Ezzani, M. (2012).  Stand for Something!  Keynote Address:  Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony.

Ezzani, M. (2011).  An Exposé:  One Year of Action Research.  Presented at the Professional Learning Communities Colloquium at Texas Wesleyan University, March 2011

Ezzani, M. (2011).  Women Empowering Through Literacy.  Keynote Address:  Delta Phi Omega Sorority Gala Event:  Reading for the mind is what exercise is for the body.

Ezzani, M., Huffman, J. & Braswell, R. (2010).  Data Reveal Leadership Matters.  Presented at the Texas Association of School Administrators, Austin Convention Center, January/February 2011 State Conference

Ezzani, M. (2009).  How Districts Prepare Site Administrators for Data-Driven Decision Making.  Ann Arbor, MI:  ProQuest, LLC.

Ezzani, M. & Torres, G. (2009). How do I Help My Child at School When I Don’t Speak English? Presented at the English Language Summit, January 2009, Chino Valley Unified School District, Chino High School.

Ezzani, M., Gould, S., Malia, J. (2005).  No Man’s Land:  Between Two Worlds - A Chinese Boy’s Experience in America:  A Film Ethnography:  Using Multimedia to Capture the Experiences of an English Language Learner presented at the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, March 2005, 36th State Conference.

Current Activity in Professional Organizations

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA, PartnershipsinAction, Leadership Coaching and Mentoring Volunteer for AKF Youth Ambassadors

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Nominating Committee Member for Leadership for Social Justice (LSJ) Special Interest Group

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP-Alpha Iota Chapter), Associate Counselor

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Member