Mentoring Programs

Mentoring University-Based Leadership Preparation Programs In the Wallace Foundation’s ECPI Project

In collaboration with UIC’s Ed.D. program in urban education leadership, the CUEL was one of just a few university-based institutions selected in 2021 to serve as a Mentor Program Partner as a part of the Wallace Foundation’s $102 million multi-year initiative, Equity-Centered Pipeline Initiative (EPPI). 

The Wallace Foundation launched the five-year, $102 million initiative in 2021 with the aim of ensuring educational equity by developing principal pipelines to prepare effective school leaders. Since then, EPPI has supported efforts by eight high-need public school districts, each partnering 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. CUEL has been working with the Portland School District and its higher education partners as well as the San Antonio school district and its higher education partners.

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

In collaboration with UIC’s Ed.D. program, the CUEL in 2016 was one of just three university-based institutions selected 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. Read more 

Mentoring Rockford Public Schools District 205 and Northern Illinois University Principal Preparation Program

A few years ago, the leadership of Rockford Public Schools (RPS205) approached CUEL with an idea:  how about if promising teacher leaders from RPS205 applied to the UIC program and did their residencies in Rockford? On the possibility that this might happen, two strong candidates from RPS205 applied to the UIC program, and both were accepted.  But before they could matriculate, an even more promising idea pulled them in a different direction.  Read more

Read about Northern Illinois University innovative year-long principal residency here.