Shanda Crowder, EdD, MEd, has been hired as the Director of the Positive Schools Center and began working on June 1, 2015.
Dr. Crowder has been a leader in this field, having served from 2009 to 2012 at MSDE, where her roles included statewide coordinator for the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in the non-public special education programs, and staff leader for statewide school mental health projects.
Starting in 2012, she was chief of interagency initiatives for the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children. Most recently, she served as chief of staff of the Social Services Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
While earning a doctorate in urban educational leadership at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Crowder interned with the PBIS-Plus Project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Before that, Dr. Crowder worked in various capacities at Edison Partnership Schools in Baltimore.
Dr. Crowder earned a master’s degree in School Psychology at Howard University, Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.
Dr. Crowder’s research has centered around the impact of the social/emotional functioning of students and parent involvement on school success. Each of these components has a direct link to positive school climate.