Transformational leaders build school capacity that produces dramatic improvements in student learning in the schools and systems they serve. UIC’s Urban Education Leadership program is designed for current teachers, school and system leaders who are committed to becoming such leaders.
Each of our students takes part in a full-year internship with a mentor principal. Our alumni work closely with our leadership coaches for three years of on-the-job problem-solving and collaboration. Because of our unique program design, UIC graduates are among the most highly sought after administrators by local school councils in Chicago Public Schools. Of candidates who finish the academic year residency in good standing, 98% have obtained administrative positions — most of them as principals — in Chicago Public Schools. And UIC-led schools are outperforming comparable CPS schools in measures ranging from freshman on track rates to graduation rates to standardized test scores.
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