Profile: Charlene Trovato
Dr. Charlene A. Trovato is an Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, School Leadership Program where she teaches courses in the Master of Education and school leadership certificate programs (K-12 Principal and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction). Dr. Trovato was a member of the PDE work group that developed new standards for school leaders. Additionally, she chaired a team convened by PDE to review the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility program at Drexel University. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Trovato led the innovative redesign the K-12 Principal program supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE. In the summer of 2009, she rolled out a 15 month cohort based K-12 Principal certificate program at two off-campus locations that affords a limited number of the most talented teacher leaders in our area the opportunity to study together with University faculty and master practitioners to address both the core needs of aspiring school leaders as well as the critical issues facing children, teachers and administrators today. Most recently, Dr. Trovato is reviewing K-12 Principal programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As a Core Faculty member at the University, Community Leaders and Individuals with Disabilities (UCLID) Center, she serves as training co-coordinator of their interdisciplinary leadership education program, teaches seminars on leadership in developmental disabilities, and conducts leadership seminars for general academic pediatric medicine fellows at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has published an article with two professors from the Dental School on utilizing debates as an instructional tool for dental students. In the past, Dr. Trovato's research has focused on issues relating to transitioning and inclusive preschool for children with disabilities. Dr. Trovato demonstrates her commitment to service through her work as associate chair of the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies,a member of the School of Education Academic Affairs Committee, a member of the School of Education Reorganization Committee and a member of the University Senate Educational Policies Committee. Dr. Trovato graduated from the fellowship program at the Education Policy Leadership Center, an affiliate of the Education Leadership Institute (ELI). The Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education. Dr. Trovato has a B.S. in Speech Pathology from Carlow College and a Master of Education Degree with certifications in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Reading Specialist. Her doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh focused on reading and her dissertation research focused on the oral language ability of learning disabled children. Early in her career, Dr. Trovato was a speech therapist, taught children with learning differences and emotional difficulties, and was the founder, owner, and director of an inclusive early childhood center for 18 years.