About Us

Researchers and advocates devoted to leading high-need urban schools.

The Center for Urban Education Leadership researches the best ways to prepare visionary leaders for high-need urban schools, advocates for these models of principal preparation at the local, state and national policy levels and serves as a hub for information dissemination to other researchers and to the public on the latest trends and advancements in school leader training.

Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education, the Center believes that great school leaders should be the rule, not the exception. UIC’s EdD in Urban Education Leadership doctoral program is showing how to make that happen at scale.

The Center for Urban Education Leadership supports this acclaimed residency and research-based program, housed in one of the country's best graduate colleges of education. The Center is unique in its goal of demonstrating how colleges and universities must change if they are to produce principals who can routinely improve student learning in schools. For over ten years, UIC has been showing that producing transformational leaders at scale requires a rigorous, practice-based approach.

The Center supports the continuous improvement of the EdD program model by assessing what works best to create leaders who transform schools. We then share what we learn with educators, advocates and policymakers — at local, state and federal levels — to shape how the country prepares leaders for children in urban public schools.

We do that because UIC's student and alumni principals and leaders are closing the achievement gap in their schools. At all levels, their schools are outperforming others in their districts.