Big (Red) Shoes to Fill- Ed.D. Up to the Task

How do you get young professionals to volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House? That’s EED Red Shoes 1the question that a cohort in NKU’s Doctor of Education NKU Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership tackled this year.

Staff from Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House turned to NKU’s Ed.D. Civic Engagement course to develop a plan to engage the area’s young professionals in the work of the Ronald McDonald House. After reaching out to young professional groups working with RMH in other parts of the country, the Learning Associates collaborated with the RMH staff to design the structure an organization for young professionals to support the families at Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. The learning associated wrote the bylaws and established procedures that would guide the work of the group, dubbed the Red Shoe Crew.

The launch of the organization in May attracted over 125 attendees. That was a better than expected response for such a young organization.

Edd Red Shoe 2NKU’s Ed.D. is an applied or practice-based program. Learning associates participate in collaborative civic engagement projects to allow them to apply their leadership skills in real-world situations, focusing on regional issues that impact education, the economy and/or the livability of the area.

For more information or to join the Cincinnati Red Shoe Crew, visit

For information on NKU’s Ed.D. program visit

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