Duane L. Ross, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Duane L. Ross, Ed.D.


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Howard University School of Education
  • Ed.S (Education Specialist), The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • M.S.A. in School Leadership, Trinity University School of Education, Washington D.C.
  • B.S. in Political Science, The University of the District of Columbia

Research interests

  • Principal and Leadership Development
  • School Climate and Culture
  • Rightsizing Resources based on local school needs
  • Dispelling and Disrupting Stereotypes
  • Wrap-Around Support for Title I and under-resourced schools and community and school partnerships

Career highlights

  • Ward 8 Teacher of the Year 1996
  • Invited to attend Presidential Roundtable on Urban Education with President Bill Clinton in Oval Office 2000
  • Outstanding Leadership as a Transformation School Principal 2005
  • Member of Principal’s Roundtable Committee 2006 District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Member of Education Task Force on School/Community Relationships 2009 Hillcrest Heights
  • Member of President Joseph R. Biden Education Steering Committee on Student Disproportionality in Disciplinary Policies 2019-2020

Recent publications/projects

Ross, Duane L. (Fall 2022) Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance: A Phenomenological Case Study for a Principal Efficacy Framework in High-Performing, High Poverty Elementary Schools. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, SAGE Publishing.


Dr. Duane Ross has had a long and distinguished career in public education, specifically in K-12 settings. Ross began his teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). He spent the next five years teaching students in first, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and he received multiple awards including Ward 8 Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1996. He was recruited to serve as an assistant principal in Fairfax County Public Schools, after which he returned to DCPS as principal of  Flora Hendley Elementary School. In his four-year tenure at Hendley, Ross oversaw a dramatic increase in student achievement in math and reading for students, a decrease in student disciplinary referrals, an increase in student attendance, and a reduction in student truancy. At the request of Dr. Paul Vance, who was superintendent at the time, Ross was one of nine principals selected for a major school turnaround project called “Transformation 9.” Under Ross’ leadership, his school exceeded math and reading scores and was cited in the Education Trust report in 2002 as “a school that defied the odds.”

Ross spent the past 15 years as an assistant principal in Montgomery County Public Schools and has held many leadership roles, including serving as an administrator developer in the county leadership development program, an adjunct lecturer in school management and administration at Trinity University, as well as the internship and clinical program coordinator for doctoral students at the Howard University School of Education.

Curriculum Vitae

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