CUEL Director Cosner has been awarded $100K from The Wallace Foundation for work that she and others from UIC will support in two US settings (Portland State University in collaboration with the Portland Public Schools and UT-Austin in collaboration with San Antonio Independent School District) as part of the foundation’s multi-year Equity-Centered Pipeline Initiative. In total, this initiative will support efforts by eight high-need public school districts, which will each partner with community organizations, two university leader preparation programs, and a state education agency to develop a local definition of equity and define what an equity-centered leader needs to know and be able to do. Each district partnership team will design a comprehensive, aligned, equity-centered pipeline based on those definitions; provide mentoring and training for current principals and assistant principals; and engage in continuous improvement.