Mentoring Programs

Long-term Mentoring Programs in The Wallace Foundations “UPPI” Project. In collaboration with UIC’s Ed.D. program, the CUEL is 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 provide partner program support directly to two universities (University of Connecticut and Western Kentucky University) that are learning about and engaging in continuous program improvement. Through networked learning community events we also provide supports to five additional university-based programs. Our work helps program learn about and lead processes of continuous improvement. As programs are improving we have 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.

Long-term Mentoring/Northern Illinois University and Rockford School District. UIC CUEL was invited to assist the collaborative work of District 205, nearby districts, and NIU in the development of an innovative principal preparation pipeline program. This proposal envisions a process that would admit the first cohort of students in Fall of 2020. Services provided by UIC:

    • Facilitate monthly meetings between representatives of the partnership. Meetings would be 2-4 hours in duration to cover decision-making, assignment of small-group or individual tasks, and progress monitoring.
    • Assist as needed in drafting materials and communicating through appropriate digital platforms in between these monthly meetings to help maintain the momentum and ensure substantial progress between meetings.
    • Consult remotely for trouble-shooting and problem-solving as need arises.
    • Provide consultation as needed from more than once source of expertise: for example different faculty and leadership coaches can provide guidance and support on intensive coaching, academic work, educational equity commitments, candidate admission, and candidate assessment.

Among the products expected to be developed are:

    • Statement of program vision and goals; initial re-design process MOU approved by stakeholders
    • Graphic Logic Models for Program and for Collaborative Process; draft curriculum map of standards, courses & course objectives, fieldwork, and assessments
    •  Curriculum map complete indicating course names and numbers, sequence, objectives, structure and content; aims for field component

All formal-approval application forms and submissions completed; Redesigned specs for fieldwork, its supervision, and its assessments; partnership stakeholder input and agreements secured.

Supporting and Advising Individual University-based Principal Preparation Programs. The CUEL, in collaboration with UIC’s Ed.D. program, is sought by individual leadership preparation programs throughout the US to provide supports, advise and material resources to these programs as they take up continuous improvement. Recent visitors to UIC for 1-2 day learning experiences include Washington State University and Lehigh University.