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Successful Ed.D. Dissertation Defense: Kevin Brentnall

Morristown, N.J. (February 11, 2016) – Mahwah resident and CSE doctoral student Kevin Bentnall has defended his doctoral dissertation and will receive his doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) in May 2016.

The topic of his dissertation, Believing Everyone Can Learn: Differentiating Instruction In Mixed Ability Classrooms, explored one middle school that recently transitioned from ability-grouped classrooms to mixed-ability classrooms and prioritized differentiated instruction. The study revealed the overall positive impact of professional development on teachers' ability to differentiate instruction among other findings.

"I had an outstanding experience at the College of Saint Elizabeth! My professors made classes worthwhile and enjoyable, and they were there with me every step of the way," says Brentnall. "Also, my colleagues in this cohort were always there for support and I am happy to call each one of them a true friend."

Brentnall received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland where he majored in history and minored in political science. He began his educational career teaching social studies at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale, N.J. During his ten years at Fieldstone Middle School, he earned a master of science in social studies education and a master's in school district administration from Iona College.

Brentnall then went on to become the social studies supervisor/director of athletics at Westwood Regional School District, vice-principal and principal in the Paramus Public Schools, and principal at Nyack Middle School in N.Y. He is presently the superintendent of schools for the Hillsdale Public School District in Hillsdale, N.J.

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