Given our desire for IMPACT, we share our expertise and our work to impact urban education in a variety of modes.
Selection of School Leadership Candidates for UIC’s EdD Urban Education Leadership Program, Part I, April 2017
In this continuous improvement brief on selection, Center researchers and EdD program administrators describe the development of an admissions process to assess characteristics they associate with school leader success.
Selection of School Leadership Candidates for UIC’s EdD Urban Education Leadership Program, Part II, June 2018
In the second of two continuous improvement briefs on selection, Center researchers and EdD program administrators describe how they build program capacity to assess & measure the characteristics they associate with school leader success.
In 2014, CUEL staff released a policy brief on what principals and districts must do to support new teacher evaluation reforms across states.
In 2012, CUEL staff released a policy brief on the new state Early Childhood Education requirements.
Policy Advocacy in Illinois
State Legislative Task Force
The CUEL was asked by the state of Illinois to lead the state Legislative Task Force on School Leader Preparation resulting in a 2010 law which closed all existing principal preparation programs after 2012 and required programs to re-apply for P-12 state principal endorsement under a far more rigorous set of outcome-based criteria. Illinois principal policy has been recognized in studies by the Wallace Foundation and the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) and was also recognized with the Education Commission of States Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The Wallace Foundation in late 2016 posted a series of videos on the transformation of leadership policy in Illinois.
State and National Policy Advocacy Beyond Illinois
Professional Development for CPS
CUEL faculty have for the last three years led professional development for CPS Network Chiefs who supervise nearly 600 principals in Chicago Public Schools.
CUEL received Wallace Foundation grants to work with the University of Connecticut and Western Kentucky University to assist them in developing their leadership development programs. The CUEL has worked with the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor’s Council as well as higher education leaders in Connecticut, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont on school leadership development policy.
In May 2013, the National Governors Association cited UIC’s work in a paper on early childhood. The National Association of Elementary School Principals featured UIC’s program in its early childhood leadership handbook for principals. CUEL staff also served on the review panel of the Institutes of Medicine/National Research Council volume, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8.
National Council of State Legislatures
- National Governors’ Association
- State Higher Education Executive Officers
- Education Writers Association
- Education Trust
- Wallace Foundation
- Illinois Large Unit District Association
- Council of the Great City Schools
Internship programs and more selective admissions to university training programs can help create a strong #PrincipalPipeline, says director of @UIC_CUEL Steve Tozer in Episode 3 of new podcast series. https://t.co/54wWsvVbyP pic.twitter.com/KFajYcuaBR
— Wallace Foundation (@WallaceFdn) February 20, 2018
Extraordinary districts need extraordinary school leaders? How do we get them? Don’t miss this outstanding new podcast from @edtrust featuring @MDYoungUCEA @terrancelgreen @AnnODohertyUW & Steve Tozer! https://t.co/uOR0iGXISq … @karinchenoweth @WallaceFdn
— UCEA (@UCEA) April 16, 2018
Videos that Feature CUEL Work
Center for Policy Research in Education. (2016, January). K-3 Policymaker’s Guide to Action: Learning from the Education Commission of the States
This video discusses the workforce development of teachers and leaders with an increased emphasis in K-3.
Center for Urban Education Leadership. (2016, July 16). Center for Urban Education Leadership: Preparing great school leaders
This video discusses how CUEL and the EdD program transform high-needs urban schools by developing and supporting skilled and visionary school leaders.
This video discusses the inequities of America’s schools and what must done to turn this situation around.
This video discusses how Illinois transformed principal preparation and licensure with the help of UIC.
The Wallace Foundation. (2016, Oct. 18). Episode Three: The University of Illinois/Chicago – rethinking principal training II
This video discusses UIC EdD program’s development and evolution as a means to improve urban schools.
This video discusses how elements of Illinois’ work to upgrade principal training and licensure have contributed to Chicago’s recent success.
Special Leadership Topics
Expert Panels Regarding Principal Preparation
— Kim Domina Bodensteiner (@KimBodensteiner) October 23, 2018
Shelby Cosner (UIC), Irma Zardoya (NYCLA), Matt Smith (DesMoinesPS), and Richard Gonzales (UCONN) discuss university principal preparation focus on clinical experience #UPPI @EdPolicyAIR @WallaceFdn @NYCLeadership @UD_DASL @NPBEA1 #PSEL #PRINCPREP #UPPI pic.twitter.com/NPbQ4iWDV5
— Jackie Wilson (@jowilson4139) June 8, 2018
A from Dr. Shelby Cosner @UIC_CollegeofEd: UIC continues to collect data on @UIC_CUEL candidates in their placements to see how they are performing over time and what supports are needed. #TNEduLeaders pic.twitter.com/9mLt7fN2Sz
— SCORE (@SCORE4Schools) May 21, 2018
#UCEA18 Town Hall sponsored by @WallaceFdn! Steve Murdock, Earl Franks, Pedro Reyes, Andy Cole & Steve Tozer address how the #edleadership field needs to evolve to meet the needs of the next generation of schools and students. @NAESP @ProfessorReyes1 @efranksnaesp pic.twitter.com/c1m8f6rksG
— UCEA (@UCEA) November 16, 2018