Lisa Walker

Senior Research Specialist

Lisa Walker is interested in how to prepare school leaders for the highest-need schools in the system. In her Center role, she contributes knowledge to the field of leadership development for dissemination nationwide by collaborating on continuous improvement initiatives with leadership coaches and faculty in UIC’s EdD Urban Education Leadership program.

Specific initiatives include:

  • Co-leading a networked improvement community of school principals to improve PreK - 3rd grade leadership of "high-churn" schools;
  • Leading the redesign of the candidate selection process for the EdD in Urban Education Leadership program in support of equity and strong baseline data;
  • Developing a method to identify high-need schools through indicators of student population churn (mobility, chronic truancy, homeless students) to better specify leadership challenges in these schools and implications for training;
  • Collaborating with EdD Program leadership coaches to improve how they support Leadership Development Plans during the internship phase of the EdD Program.

Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Walker was a researcher at Chapin Hall and at the Center for Urban School Improvement, both at the University of Chicago. Lisa received her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. She has been with the Center since 2014.