Morgridge College of Education Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Department and Denver Public Schools have been invited to participate in the first Leadership and Education Development (iLEAD) initiative at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Erin Anderson, ELPS Assistant Professor; Sandy Lochhead-Price, the Director of School Leader Performance and Development at Denver Public Schools and ELPS EdD student; Amy Keltner, Deputy Chief of Schools at Denver Public Schools; Anne Whalen, Deputy Chief of Academic Strategy at Denver Public Schools and Susan Korach, Associate Professor and ELPS Department Chair attended the initial meeting in late October at the Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, CA.
The Carnegie Foundation launched the iLEAD initiative to enhance and extend the efforts of schools of education to incorporate Improvement Science methods and Networked Improvement Communities into their education doctorate programs. According to its website, iLEAD is designed to further the capacities of institutions of higher education (IHEs) and their local education agency (LEA) partners to enact systematic improvement efforts within their organizations and in partnership with one another.
Applications were submitted in early September and out of the eleven participants, nine are member institutions of the Carnegie project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and seven are member institutions of University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA):
- Fordham University and Mamaroneck Union Free School District
- University of Virginia and Chesterfield County Public Schools
- University of Maryland and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS)
- High Tech High GSE and High Tech High
- Indiana University and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC)
- George Washington University and Fairfax Country Public Schools
- Portland State University and Newberg Public Schools
- University of Denver and Denver Public Schools
- University of Pittsburgh and University Preparatory School at Margaret Milliones
- University of South Carolina and Florence School District One
- University of Mississippi and Oxford School District
“We are honored to be a part of this learning community of IHE’s and districts,” said Korach. “We look forward to further our understanding and commitment to improvement science and networked improvement communities. This work will help us expand our capacity to support systems-level leadership development, prepare leaders to manage complex change, and sustain partnerships and networks with students, graduates and districts.”
Over the next year iLEAD participants will engage in four face-to-face meetings and online collaboration to:
- Build leadership, technical, and social capacities for using improvement science in masters and EdD programs;
- Integrate and enhance coursework related to improvement science and NICs in education;
- Collaborate with other leading IHEs and the Carnegie Foundation on problems of
- practice and embed that work into educational leadership preparation;
- Strengthen relations with local LEAs by focusing on relevant and pressing needs; and
- Contribute to and draw from a “Teaching Commons” resource-bank of exemplar courses and instructional resources for IHE faculty, programs, and participants.