The Center for Educational Leadership is the centerpiece of a leadership development system that is purposefully and aggressively growing the next generation of outstanding leaders for our schools.
We take an innovative multidisciplinary approach to school leadership development and integrate research-tested education leadership theory with proven, effective practice. Coursework, site-based immersion learning experiences, and consultation with effective practicing principals are complemented by continuous learning opportunities and a leadership resource center. This comprehensive approach to principal preparation sets a new standard in the field of public education leadership development.
A unique partnership with local school districts is a defining element in the structure of the center, which focuses on formal preparation as well as career-long professional development of educational leaders. The strong relationship between leadership excellence and school excellence provides the catalyst for the center, which is based on the premise that great leaders equal great schools. They build a strong team, focus relentlessly on student learning, facilitate continuous improvement in instructional practice, engage parents and the school community, and make sure that all adults are focusing on the outcomes for the children. Schools are simply better at educating young people when they have strong, effective leadership.