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Exemplary Model for Ed Leader Prep

September 6th, 2016 by



UCEA Names the University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning Program as the 2016 Recipient of the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award

 UCEA congratulates the University of Washington on receiving the EELP award. The EELP award complements UCEA’s core mission and we are so pleased to have such a deserving program as this year’s recipient. UW is a true exemplar in the preparation of educational leaders particularly in their focused orientation towards organizational learning and program improvement ~ Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director

UCEA is pleased to name the University of Washington as the 2016 recipient of the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award (EELP). The EELP award is sponsored by The Wallace Foundation and given by UCEA to a program within colleges and departments of education that demonstrates exemplary educational leadership preparation.



As research has documented that school leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning, it is imperative that we recognize high-quality preparation programs that support the success of future school leaders. The Leadership for Learning (L4L) doctorate in education program at the University of Washington is a national model for the preparation of educational leaders.

Lead by Director Meredith Honig, Ph.D., the L4L program is dedicated to growing systems-focused leaders capable of tackling the historical systemic inequities that contribute to persistent disparities in educational opportunity. A particular strength of the L4L program, as identified by the EELP award review team, is the persistent use of multiple data sources both to identify weaknesses within the program and then to address each weakness through program improvement efforts. In their EELP award submission, the L4L program documented nearly a dozen instances of collaborative data use by program faculty for finding and solving program problems illustrating the program’s strong commitment to inquiry, learning, and improvement. Additionally, the L4L program has developed critical support structures including faculty work routines that promote the kinds of ongoing faculty collaboration essential for continuous program improvement.

According to Dr. Shelby Cosner, Associate Professor of Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chair of the EELP Review Committee, the UW program scored strongly in nearly every award criteria area. “Although the review committee was most impressed with the culture of inquiry and ongoing improvement that has been established within the program, the committee was also particularly impressed by the program’s curricular logic model and coherent program curriculum. The review committee also found the curricula vitae of program faculty compelling,” explained Cosner. “We were pleased to recommend the L4L program as a deserving recipient of the EELP Award.”

Please join UCEA in recognizing the University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning program, and appreciating this model of high-quality preparation of educational leaders.

About the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award

 Quality leadership preparation is essential to quality leadership practice. Research reveals an important relationship between preparation and leaders’ career outcomes, practices and school improvement efforts. To celebrate exemplary programs and encourage their development, UCEA has established the EELP Award. The award is sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. Applications are judged on the extent to which the program: 1) reflects UCEA’s research-based UCEA Institutional and Program Quality Criteria on the features, content, and experiences associated with effective leadership preparation, and 2) has demonstrated evidence of program effectiveness. A UCEA Selection Committee made up of individuals with strong expertise in educational leadership preparation review and evaluate the nominees.

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