Marsha Speck

Faculty Associate
WEST Campus


Marsha Speck, Ed.D. is a leader in transformational school reform, educational leadership and professional development issues. She is currently Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership at Arizona State University and Coordinator of the MEd High School Leadership Program, an innovative MEd Leadership and Principal Certification program that brings together regional school district teacher leaders and administrators to develop transformational educational leaders to rethink the American High School around issues of equity and student achievement. Formerly, she was the Director of the San Jose State University MA Urban High School Leadership Program (1998-2007). She has diverse experience as a teacher, a high school principal, an assistant superintendent of instruction, a professor, and an author of Why Can't We Get Right? Designing High-Quality Professional Development for Standards-Based Schools, The Principal as Professional Development Leaders, The Principalship: Building a Learning Community, and Year-Round Education: The High School Handbook and numerous articles and reports. She can be reached at or

Research Interests

High School Reform and Transformation, Educational Leadership

Speck, Marsha and Caroll Knipe (2005)2nd edition. Why Can't We Get It Right? Designing High-Quality Professional Development for Standards-Based Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Lindstrom, Phyllis H. and Marsha Speck (2004). The Principal as Professional Development Leader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Speck, Marsha and Caroll Knipe (2001). Why Can't We Get It Right? Professional Development in Our Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Speck, Marsha (1999). The Principalship: Building a Learning Community. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Speck, Marsha, 2nd ed. (1996). A Handbook for implementing year-round education in the high school. The National Association for Year-Round Education, San Diego, CA.

Speck, Marsha (2007). Transforming Urban High Schools: Leadership Matters! Urban High School Leadership Preparation, Submitted article for publication to the California Professors of Educational Leadership Journal. Feb. 2007.

Knipe, Caroll and Marsha Speck (2002). Improving Competence in the Classroom. Principal Leadership, October 2002, 3(2), 57-59.

Speck, Marsha (2002). Balanced and Year-round Professional Development: Time and Learning. Journal of the National School Development Council-Catalyst for Change. Fall 2002, 32(1), 17-19.

Speck, Marsha and University-School Support for Education Reform Professional Development Task Force (1997). USSER Professional Development Task Force Report:


Essential Questions and Practices in Professional Development. San Francisco: USSER publication.

Speck, Marsha (1996). Best practice in professional development for sustained educational change. ERS Spectrum-Journal of School Research and Information, 4(2), 33-41. Refereed journal.

Speck, Marsha (1996). The change process in a school learning community.
The School Community Journal, 6(1), 69-79. Refereed journal.

Speck, Marsha (1996). Technology: The principalship and the school learning community. Record in Educational Leadership 16-17(1,2), 159-168. Refereed journal.

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Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 511School Law