CUEL will collaborate with the American Institutes of Research (AIR) and four other institutional partners to establish a new federally funded Center devoted to the preparation and support of school administrators as leaders of inclusive educational practices. The new Lead IDEA Center, to be housed at AIR, will receive $15M over a five-year period to clarify professional leadership competencies linked to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), create innovative leadership learning systems portable across states, and advocate for more effective alignment of policies and frameworks bearing on the preparation of IDEA-capable school administrators. Early roles for CUEL in the partnership will include conducting a study to identify and codify a set of inclusive leadership competencies and practices. Once codified, these competencies will inform the design of a wide assortment of technical assistance materials to be disseminated nationally as a part of Lead IDEA’s policy and practice development agenda. CUEL Director Dr. Shelby Cosner will serve as principal investigator for CUEL’s activities within the new Center. Access more information on the Lead IDEA Center here.