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Michelle Collay



  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Michelle Collay is Director, Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. She was previously professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at CSU East Bay, Hayward, California. A former public school music teacher, she is a scholar-practitioner who integrates teaching and scholarship in higher education and PK-12 settings. Her research interests include teacher professional socialization with attention to how life experience shapes teachers' professional identities. Collay coaches school leaders engaged in professional learning communities, constructivist teaching and leading, and equity-focused inquiry. 


Teacher leadership
Curriculum, assessment
Professional learning community development 


Everyday teacher leadership: Taking action where you are. 2011, Jossey-Bass.

Constructivist learning design: Key questions for teaching to standards, 2006, with George Gagnon. Corwin Press.

Collay, M., Winkelman, P., Garcia, R. & Guilkey-Amado, J. (in press, 2011). Transformational leadership pedagogy: Implementing equity plans in urban schools. Educational Leadership and Administration.

Collay, M. (2010) Retracing the roots of teacher activism in urban schools. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Collay, M. & Cooper, J. (2008). The role of self-authorship in developing women leaders. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. 3(2)December.