Beth Godett, J.D., Ed.D.
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Adjunct Professor of Education Law and Policy
Boston College, Rider University, Fairleigh Dickinson University
I am a lifelong educator from a family of lifelong educators. First an English teacher, then a principal, and, ultimately, a superintendent, I have always been aware that to best meet the needs of those entrusted to our care, children and adults alike, we often need to challenge the obvious. Through my wealth of experience as an administrator, I have found ways to be an innovator by connecting people and resources and uncovering assets in a world where funding may be restricted, but possibilities for collaboration and sharing are endless. I believe in seeking ways around rather than admiring roadblocks and does this presently through my work as an adjunct professor and in my writing and research. I received my B.A. in English from Lehigh University; my M.S.Ed. from Temple University; my Ed.D. from Lehigh University; and my J.D. from Delaware Law.
I am honored to be included on this year’s nominee slate for the ELA Board. Currently, I serve as ELA Conference Committee co-chair. Additionally, ELA members know me as a presenter at our annual conference roundtables and paper sessions since 2016, as well as my presentation for the ELA-affiliated Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute in 2022. I also contribute to ELA publications, including the Yearbook of Education Law 2023, EdLaw Update Case Commentary, and Cases in Point.
I am currently adjunct professor of education law and policy at Boston College and Rider University where I also have served as a dissertation advisor and committee chair for my doctoral students. My experience as a public school administrator is extensive spanning districts in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania where I have served in roles from assistant principal through superintendent. Among my accomplishments are collaborating with various stakeholders to create innovative middle school models and junior high to middle school transitions, school reform, and programs to meet the unique needs of learners at all grade levels. My research includes a book currently in the process of being published that examines educational equity in the public school setting, as well as a manuscript in development exploring negligence with regard to the responsibilities of school administrators.
I look forward to continuing to serve our ELA community!