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Faculty: Spencer Weiler

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Spencer Weiler

Title

Associate Professor

Department:

EdLF

Contact Information

Office: 306B McKay Building

Phone: 801-422-5039

Email: nope@spencer_weiler@byu.edumsn.com

Brief Biography

Upon graduating from Brigham Young University in 1992, I taught history at Orem High School for seven years. In 2000, I left the classroom and became an assistant principal at American Fork Junior High School. In 2003, I pursued a Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and continued in administration in Blacksburg. After finishing the doctorate in 2007, I accepted a position at the University of Northern Colorado, where I remained until coming to BYU in 2019. I advanced to the rank of full professor at the University of Northern Colorado and, upon leaving, was granted emeritus status.

Teaching Interests

I strive to inspire and empower aspiring educational leaders to be outstanding administrators who rely on the teachings of Christ and work tirelessly to support the learning of all students.

I subscribe to a pedagogical approach that actively engages learners in the learning process. Specifically, I rely on sustained group work and learning activities that afford students the opportunity to develop a degree of expertise related to the curriculum being studied. In addition, I lead discussions that encourage students to wrestle with applying various theoretical concepts to the reality of being a school leader in the 21st Century.

Research Interests

Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues across the nation on an array of research topics, including: the impact of school finance litigation on funding for public education, P-20 administrators' responses to outlier situations (specifically, pandemics and do not resuscitate orders), the practice of arming educators to increase school safety, and school facilities.

Selected Publications

As Serrano Turns 50: Historical Perspectives and Future Projections on School Finance Litigation

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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 6

Special education’s lessons for educational reform litigation

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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Taking Aim at Preventing School Shootings: A Comparative Analysis of School Board Policy Related to the Practice of Arming Educators

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Publisher: Hawthorne Press
  • Country: United States
  • ISSN: 15388239

The Leaders' Dilemma: P-20 Response to the Threat of a Pandemic

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Abstract: click to view

Public Institutions of Higher Education, Students' Lawsuits, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 377
  • Issue: 1

Terminally Ill Students Attending Public Schools: A Legal Analysis of DNR Orders for P-12 Students

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 376
  • Issue: 3

Administering medical marijuana at school in Colorado: A legal analysis

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • City: Provo, Utah
  • Volume: 2020
  • Issue: 1

Can't Get No Satisfaction: An Examination of School Finance Litigation and State Aid for Public Education Over 65 Years in States with High and Low Teacher Satisfaction

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 374
  • Issue: 1

Expanding and contracting support for public education: Commentary on the 2019 state of the states

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 45
  • Issue: 3

Aligning Educational Objectives with Educational Activities: Examination of Student Perceptions on Two Asynchronous Learning Activities

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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Publisher: Journal of Law, Business & Ethics
  • Volume: 25
  • Issue: Winter
  • Abstract: click to view

Exploring fiscal health, school finance litigation, and per-pupil funding: A longitudinal examination of data for six states from 1950 to 2015

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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 360
  • Issue: 2

Elevating education and educators: Commentary on the 2018 state of the states

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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Volume: 44
  • Issue: 3

Colorado

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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 44
  • Issue: 3

Colorado

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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing
  • City: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Country: United States
  • ISBN: 978-1-64113-676-1
  • Abstract: click to view

The Allure and Danger of Expanded Immunity for P-20 Educational Leaders' Decisions Related to COVID-19

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  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

From Door to Door: Charter Schools and Transportation Services

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  • Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing
  • City: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Country: United States

Efforts to Prevent Mass Shootings in Schools: The Practice, the Costs, and Superintendents' Experiences with Arming School Personnel

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  • Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book

Applying odds ratio to the study of school finance litigation

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  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Surfing the Waves: An Examination of School Funding Litigation from Serrano v. Priest to Cook v. Raimondo and the Possible Transition to the Fourth Wave

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  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Volume: 2021
  • Issue: 2

Not allowing a good crisis to go to waste: Tapping into transformational power to increase utilization in public education as a result of the Coronavirus

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  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Abstract: click to view