Patricia C. DaSilva, Ph.D.

Patricia C. DaSilva, Ph.D.

As far back as the year 2004, Pat initiated and facilitated data-driven decision-making, which actively involved teams of teachers, aimed at promoting instructional improvement, best teaching practices and, most of all, realistically high levels of achievement for all students. Working collaboratively with and through teachers long before this, she was also responsible for the development of a portfolio system for assessing the development of students’ writing skills K – 5. Additionally, Pat was at the heart of the development of a very unique project, working in collaboration with the Hartford Stage Company and supported by grants from The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and The Glastonbury Parent Teacher Student Organization. Driven by state standards in literacy and the arts, this project promoted authentic learning and integrated the use of performance-based assessment.

These and other experiences reflect some of Pat’s professional interests and led her to her position as assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart, where she continues to promote the use of multiple means of assessing student performance, the promotion of high expectations for all, and the development of collective responsibility for the well-being and learning of all children. In promoting the leadership skills and dispositions of her students, Pat shares her passion for providing educational leadership that reflects a children-first philosophy and the demonstration of ethical leadership, two hallmarks of her career in public school education.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Educational Administration, 1984, University of Connecticut
    • Sixth-Year Degree, Educational Administration, 1984, University of CT
    • Master of Science Degree, Special Education, 1985, Southern CT State University
    • Bachelor of Science Degree, 1973, University of CT

Teaching Responsibilities

    • EDL 626, Assessment and Evaluation
    • EDL 654, Leadership: Contemporary Educational Problems
    • EDL 698, Administrative Practicum

Research Interests and Grants

    • State-Trained Scorer for the CT Administrator’s Test (CAT)
    • Co-Chair, Isabelle Farrington College of Education’s Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Standing Member of the College’s Professional Standards Committee
    • EDL Department Representative to the CT State Department of Education’s consortium for  higher education

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