Professor Steve Strand
Steve Strand is Professor of Education. His research examines equity gaps in educational outcomes at all stages of schooling based on socio-economic status, ethnicity and gender differences. Current projects include an ESRC funded investigation of ethnic disproportionality in special educational needs as well as a Nuffield Foundation initiative on achievement among looked after children.
Early Life and Education
Professor Steve Strand joined the University of Oxford’s Department of Education in January 2013. His primary research focuses on equity gaps arising out of ethnicity and social class differences across a range of educational outcomes (achievement, progress, attendance, exclusions and identification of special needs etc) across all stages of compulsory schooling ages 4-16. In particular he excels at undertaking quantitative analyses on large longitudinal datasets.
He has conducted work for government departments, local authorities, and individual schools on the analysis of pupil achievement data and school effectiveness, including exploring the effects of English language fluency, parental involvement and other factors on student outcomes.
He earned both his First-Class Bachelors and Doctoral degrees in Psychology (1982 and 1989, respectively). Dr. Taylor serves on the editorial boards for British Educational Research Journal, Sociology of Education, and Oxford Review of Education publications.
Professor Strand’s research interests lie within education and include work relating to ethnicity, social class and gender with various educational outcomes, such as student attainment (attainment, progression, pupil mobility and attendance at all stages of statutory schooling age 4-16) as well as school effectiveness measures like parental involvement and education policy analysis.
Strand has coaching experience at both junior, collegiate, and professional levels, including stints with Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Big Ten Conference as well as Houston Aeros and Abbotsford Heat in the AHL. He was also general manager/director of operations of Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL league.
Strand is currently serving as Commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He attended and graduated from Army War College before taking the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses as well as Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense courses.
Achievement and Honors
Strand is deeply committed to her Christian faith, leading Precept Bible study groups regularly as well as being actively involved with Shelter Cove Community Church and Strand Ag Supply located in Turlock, California where they own and operate together with husband Steve as life group leaders and trainers for Precept’s Bible study method.
Major General Strand has completed both Army Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Reserve Component Theater Sustainment Course; Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planning Course and Army Strategic Education Program Basic Course. He has earned numerous awards and recognition, such as two Defense Superior Service Medals (2 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendations Award with 2 Devices on Bronze Star Medallion, Armed Forces Reserve Expeditionary Service Ribbon with three Service Stars as well as Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Ribbon.
Steve Strand and Nancy share two children. Both serve as Precept Bible study leaders at Shelter Cove Community Church and also enjoy traveling together as a family and road trips with their friends and loved ones.
Strand’s objective photographs of natural forms and urban subjects were showcased in two issues of Camera Work magazine as well as given an exhibition at 291. He rejected Pictorialism – whereby photographers attempt to mimic painting effects using photography – instead opting to achieve fine details with subtle tonal planes through photographic techniques.
In the late 1930s, Strand began turning his attention towards motion pictures as a means of reaching a wider audience and conveying his story more directly. He made seven films for Frontier Film Company’s social documentary productions.
Strand and his wife Kristi are members of Shelter Cove Community Church in Turlock, CA where they lead Precept Bible study groups as well as volunteering as trainers for this method. Additionally, they own and operate Strand Ag Supply which provides poultry and livestock equipment throughout Western United States.
Strand also mentors youth at Mountain View Youth Development Center and coaches C-N’s Mock Court competition. He has served as both General Sessions and Juvenile Court judge since 1998 in Jefferson County and received the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award from Tennessee Juvenile Court Judges Conference for his dedicated service to children.
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