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Mission and Vision


The mission of the Center for Educational Leadership is to ensure that school districts in our region have abundant access to high quality, effective instructional leaders capable of enabling high levels of learning for all students.


The Center will play a key role in enabling all schools in Tennessee to be led by educators with the knowledge, skills, and passion to facilitate academic success for all students. Our initiatives will be of such high quality and effectiveness that the center will be the expert provider of choice for school leadership development and support in our region and will continue to be a national model for exemplary principal preparation.


  1. Build on Our Success – Refine and augment successful existing programs, particularly the Leadership Academy.
  2. Expand Strategically and Grow Sensibly – Construct new leadership development programming gradually and prudently to address regional need, demand, and opportunity.
  3. Ensure Sustainable Resources – Develop a sustainable resource model for the foreseeable future.
  4. Strengthen Our Identity – Purposely focus on the identity, messaging, and branding of the Center for Educational Leadership.

Click here to download a copy of the Center for Educational Leadership’s strategic plan.