Wayne State University

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff
Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
375 Education

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-0923


Ph.D., Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2013

M.S., Teaching, Adolescent Education, Pace University, 2006

B.A., English and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia, 2004


 Sarah Lenhoff, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Wayne State University’s College of Education, in the educational leadership & policy studies program. Lenhoff began her career as a New York City public school teacher, and she most recently led the research and policy division of the non-profit advocacy organization The Education Trust-Midwest. Her research focuses on educational policy development and implementation; school choice; organizational improvement; and improvement science, with a special interest in Detroit. Lenhoff holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, an M.S. from Pace University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.


 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Administrative & Organizational Studies

Area Of Expertise

Educational policy development and implementation; organizational improvement; school choice and charter schools; teacher quality policy

Courses Taught

  • Educational Leadership
  • School-Community Relations
  • Educational Policy


The complex associations between school climate and student absenteeism in Detroit.
Pogodzinski, B., & Lenhoff, S. W. 2017   Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
The relationship between district stressors and teacher evaluation outcomes.
Lenhoff, S. W., Pogodzinski, B., Mayrowetz, D., Superfine, B., & Umpstead, R. 2017   Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Inter-district school choice and educational opportunities for Detroit schoolchildren.
Pogodzinski, B. & Lenhoff, S. W. 2016   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration.
Investigating coalitions in education: The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren.
Lenhoff, S. W., Lewis, J., Pogodzinski, B., & Jones, B. D. 2016   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Large scale high school reform through school improvement networks: Examining possibilities for ‘developmental evaluation.’
Peurach, D. J. & Lenhoff, S. W., & Glazer, J. L. 2012   Vanderbilt University’s National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools conference, Achieving Success at Scale: Research on Effective High Schools.
Understanding external supports for instructional improvement in Michigan: The Case of the New Tech Network.
Lenhoff, S. W. 2012   Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.


Peurach, D. J., Glazer, J. L., & Lenhoff, S. W.   2016 Educational Policy 30(4) 606-648
Lenhoff, S. W., & Ulmer, J. B.   2016 Education Policy Analysis Archives 24(108)
Jacobsen, R., Frankenberg, E., & Lenhoff, S. W.   2012 American Educational Research Journal 49(5) 812-843
Peurach, D. J., Glazer, J. L., & Lenhoff, S. W.   2012 Phi Delta Kappan 93(7) 51-55
Assessing for teacher tenure.
Sykes, G., & Winchell, S.   2010 In M. Kennedy (Ed.), Teacher assessment and the quest for teacher quality: A handbook 201-224