Ann Mausbach

Coach, Consultant, Educator

“In order to improve the lives of young students (especially economically disadvantaged students) an investment must be made in people, not programs.”

My Story

Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of school districts, both privileged and impoverished. I have worked with a variety of principals, both new and veteran. What I have learned from these diverse experiences is that there is one constant that is critical to success. In order to improve the lives of young students (especially economically disadvantaged students) an investment must be made in people, not programs. There is no magic school improvement silver bullet, but there are effective processes that when led by skilled leaders and teacher teams can seem like magic.

In my role leading teaching and learning over the past 20 years I have focused my work on helping building  principals and  teacher leaders align purpose with focused action. Practical tools make this happen. Providing leaders with the tools and support they need to get to deep implementation has been my mission.  My interest in developing leaders and systems that create change has led me to Creighton University where,  as an Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership, I can  research the processes for school improvement and the leadership practices that have the greatest impact on student learning.

 

Research Interests

  • Systems change for lasting school improvement 
  • School leadership practices that impact student outcomes
  • Leadership practices that promote literacy
  • Leading student-centered coaching   

Education

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Doctor of Philosophy Developmental and Child Psychology, 2001

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Masters of Science Human Development, 1995

University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Masters of Science Learning Disabilities, 1989

Kearney State College, Kearney, NE
Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities, 1985

Positions & Experience

Current Position

Associate Professor for Educational Leadership
Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2014 to present)

Professional Positions

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs, IA (2007-2014).

Director of Elementary Education
Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE (2005 – 2007).

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Liberty Public Schools, Liberty, MO  (2000-2005).

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Liberty Public Schools, Liberty, MO   (1998-2000).

Coordinator of Staff Development
Shawnee Mission School District #512, Overland Park, KS (1994 – 1998).

Inclusion Facilitator, Project Director; VI-B Grant, Authentic Assessment
Turner School District Kansas City, KS (1990 – 1994).

Project Director; VI-B Grant, Progressive Inclusion
Turner School District #202, Kansas City, KS (1989 – 1990).

Itinerant Support Teacher
Turner School District #202, Kansas City, KS (1989 to 1990).

Learning Center Teacher
Turner School District #202, Kansas City, KS (1987-1990).

Learning Center Teacher
Wichita School District, Wichita, KS (1985 to 1986).

 

Professional Organizations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Delta Kappa

Designed and Aligned to Get Results

Ann has been working with schools and administrators for the last 20 years providing practical tools that align school improvement processes that result in improved achievement. Ann translates theory into practical action resulting in focused plans that make a difference for students.

The work is not done until every child benefits from the innovation.– Nancy Mooney

 

Featured Books & Publications

Books

  • Sweeney, D., & Mausbach, A. (2018). Leading student-centered coaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Publishing.

 

 

  • Mausbach A. & Morrison, K. (2016). The seasons of school leadership: A guide to staying focused and getting results all year. New York, NY:  Routledge Eye on Education.

 

 

  • Mooney N. & Mausbach A. (2008). Align the design: A blueprint for school improvement. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

 

Book Chapters

  • Mausbach, A. & Smith J. (2014). The what and how of successful district wide implementation

Editor Reviewed Journals

  • Sweeney, D. & Mausbach, A. (2019). Creating powerful principal and coach partnerships. Educational Leadership, 76. (6),  p.30-35.

  • Mausbach, A. & Morrison, K. (2017). Staying focused in a compliance driven world. Educational Leadership, 74, p.47-50. 

  • Bruckner, M. & Mausbach, A. (2015). It takes a culture. Educational Leadership, 72(5), p.60-64. 

Editor Reviewed Journals

  • Sweeney, D. & Mausbach, A. (2019). Creating powerful principal and coach partnerships. Educational Leadership, 76. (6),  p.30-35.

  • Mausbach, A. & Morrison, K. (2017). Staying focused in a compliance driven world. Educational Leadership, 74, p.47-50. 

  • Bruckner, M. & Mausbach, A. (2015). It takes a culture. Educational Leadership, 72(5), p.60-64. 

Questions? Contact Ann today.

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