Dr. Lionel Allen, Assistant Clinical Faculty and EdD Leadership Coach, Department of Educational Policy Studies; CUEL Affiliate and Developer (Continuous Improvement and Leader Development). Dr. Lionel Allen is a key contributor for a range of CUEL continuous improvement and leader development projects. His content expertise centers on leadership coaching, leadership preparation, equity-oriented leadership, and the experiences of and supports for African American principals in urban contexts. He teaches and coaches in the EdD program in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. After almost twenty years in education as a teacher, assistant principal, turnaround principal, and chief academic officer his current work focuses on the development of aspirant and novice principals. Dr. Allen earned his EdD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.