Prior to her Fall, 2013 appointment as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. Plough was the Superintendent for Santa Clara Unified School District. She previously served as superintendent for the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento, and the Romoland School District, Riverside County, leading that district out of Program Improvement status. Dr. Plough’s depth and breadth of experience includes Pre-K to adult education, spanning almost 40 years in public education. Her assignments ranged from secondary social science teacher, elementary and high school principal, district- level administration, and the San Diego County Office of Education staff where she worked with four public agencies to design and lead San Pasqual Academy, the nation’s first public residential high school for foster youth. Her extensive experience in K-12 education led to her service as a lecturer in the Department’s doctoral program, informs her current work with doctoral students, and supports her collaboration with school districts in her role as CRECE (Center for Research, Equity, and Collaborative Engagement) director.
As a veteran practitioner, Dr. Plough is focused on developing school leaders who can initiate and sustain educational reform to address the needs of all students. Dr. Plough ‘s K-12 experiences with innovative instruction, alternative educational settings, and the use of technology continue to drive her academic interests.
Plough, B. (2014). School Board Governance and Student Achievement: School Board Members' Perceptions of Their Behaviors and Beliefs. Journal of Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development. January/February 2014.
Garcia, R. & Plough, B. (Under Review) Sustained whole school English learner reform: A heuristic approach to professional learning in middle schools. Journal of Education for Students Placed At-Risk.
Plough, B. (2011). School board governance and student achievement: School board members’ perceptions of their behaviors and beliefs (Doctoral dissertation). San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Ethical and Reflective Leadership, Association of California School Administration, (ACSA) Superintendents Academy, Burlingame, CA, March 21, 2014
What Does it Take? Presentation to GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects), Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara, CA, February 12, 2014
Awards and Recognitions
California State Assembly Resolution presented by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski in commendation of service to public education, June, 2013
City of San Jose Commendation for contributing to the education of future leaders and assistance to the community, 2013
City of Santa Clara Proclamation in recognition of service to the Santa Clara Unified School District and community, 2013
County of San Diego Proclamation presented by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for service to education and the youth of San Diego County, 2001
Administrator of the Year – Alternative Education, ACSA (Association of CA School Administrators), Region 18, 2001
National Science Foundation Grant Recipient, Psychology Summer Seminar, CSU Chico, Chico, CA, 1979
Lecturer, Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education and Allied Studies, California State University East Bay
Superintendent, Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara, CA, Natomas Unified School District, Sacramento, CA, Romoland School District, Homeland (Riverside County), CA
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services & Human Resources, Romoland School District, Homeland (Riverside County), CA
Principal, San Pasqual Academy, San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools – San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA, Montecito High School/Future Bound Independent Study/Ramona Adult School, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona, CA, Lemon Avenue Elementary School, La Mesa Spring Valley School District, La Mesa, CA, 1993-97
Assistant Principal, Parkway Middle School, La Mesa Spring Valley School District, La Mesa, CA
Substance Abuse Prevention/At-Risk Program Specialist, Grossmont Union High School District, La Mesa, CA
Social Science Teacher, Helix High School, Grossmont Union High School District, La Mesa, CA, San Marcos High School, San Marcos Junior High School, San Marcos Unified School District, San Marcos, CA