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Academic BackgroundAndrew Snyder, EdD, currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Program. A former middle school principal, guidance counselor, and high school teacher, he joined the RIC faculty in 2008. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the LEAD program, Dr. Snyder sits on department committees, including Admissions, Assessment, and Comprehensive Examination. He is a member of the Rhode Island College Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Snyder earned his EdD and EdM from the Boston University School of Education, Department of Administration, Training, and Policy Studies. His research there included a study of the development of exemplary school principals in Massachusetts. He worked extensively as part of the BU-Chelsea partnership. His undergraduate work is from Trinity College (CT).
Dr. Snyder is co-Principal Investigator of a 3-year Title II grant, a partnership with RIHOE and Central Falls, “An Integrated Model of Professional Development.” Through cooperative work with the Rhode Island Association of School Principals, the grant seeks to develop professional learning communities whose members are highly knowledgeable and able to use assessment and RTI to guide quality instruction that positively and directly impacts achievement in literacy and mathematics.
Beyond the RIC campus, Dr. Snyder sits on the Woonsocket Sustainable Communities Initiative. He is also co-founder of the Tandem Leadership Group, a national consulting firm dedicated to enhancing student achievement through leadership development. Dr. Snyder also teaches Middle Level Teaching and Learning through the RIC Educational Studies department and is an adjunct professor at Lesley College (MA), teaching Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction courses in their MAT program. He has given talks locally and nationally; this fall, Dr. Snyder will co-present (with Dr. Dukes of the School Counseling program) a paper in Madrid Spain, “Building the Principal’s Leadership Team: Leveraging the Professional School Counselor.”
His research interests include the development of exemplary school leaders; he teaches LEAD courses in Leading Change, Curriculum Planning and Assessment, and Ethical Leadership. Dr. Snyder lives outside of Boston with his wife and three sons.
Courses TaughtLEAD 504 Lead Learn I: Plan,Instr,Assess
LEAD 507 Leading Change I
LEAD 508 Lead Chg II: Res,Account,Ethics
LEAD 512 Leadership II
LEAD 520 Courts, Laws and Schools
LEAD 521 Families, Courts and Schools
MLED 510 Teach & Learn Mid Sch Level