Mentoring University-based Leadership Preparation Programs in the Wallace Foundation’s UPPI Project

In collaboration with UIC’s Ed.D. program, the CUEL was one of just three university-based institutions selected in 2016 to serve as an Exemplary Principal Preparation Program Partner as a part of the Wallace Foundation’s $47 million multi-year initiative, University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). In this work we provided partner program support directly to two universities (University of Connecticut and Western Kentucky University) that were learning about and engaging in continuous program improvement. Through networked learning community events we also provided supports to five additional university-based programs. Our work helped these programs learn about and lead processes of continuous improvement. As programs were improving we offered an assortment of additional supports for: a) improving program scope/sequence/coherence/alignment to leadership standards/attention to issues of equity and social justice, b) designing active learning experiences, c) designing authentic assessments and work tasks, d) improving the clinical experience, e) designing and enacting leadership coaching, f) designing and utilizing data systems for ongoing program improvement, and g) strengthening district partnerships. Read the RAND report of findings related to the first year of this project. Listen to the following podcast about the findings related to the first year of this project.