Wallace Sponsored Sessions

July 27th, 2017 by


The Wallace Foundation is a major sponsor of the UCEA Annual Convention, providing support and research for various events and sessions. 


Check out the 2017 Wallace Foundation schedule:

Leading in a Time of Challenge: What’s an Educational Leader to do? A UCEA-Wallace Town Hall

Friday, November 17, 9:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

School leaders are facing financial and ethical challenges with increasing frequency and complexity. The standards of our profession require us to strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. Now, more than ever, school leaders need the support of high-quality preparation as complex challenges demand
strong judgment. What then is the responsibility of leadership preparation and professional development to ensure that leaders are adequately prepared to meet these challenges with compassion and social justice? How can universities be educational advocates for state policy that supports the development of strong and
ethical school leaders?

What it Takes to Build and Sustain Principal Pipelines: A Wallace Foundation Sponsored Session

Thursday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Many consider the cost of educational leadership development to be a significant investment; however, a new report from the Rand Corporation has provided new insight into the costs involved in building principal pipelines. The report examines the expenditures of six large school districts, all participants in a Wallace Foundation initiative, as they built and operated principal pipelines. In this session, representatives from the Denver Public School System and their preparation partner, the University of Denver will join RAND for a conversation about the findings of this new report, including the implications of the findings for other districts interested in supporting sustainable leadership development pipelines.

Strategies for Supporting District Leader Development: A Wallace Foundation Sponsored Session

Friday, November 17, 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 This session will engage four district leader development programs in a critical conversation about the theoretical basis of their program design. The purposes of this session are to: 1) understand the theoretical basis of district leader development programs; 2) identify lessons learned in applying these theories to program design; and 3) identify implications for research that can build knowledge regarding how programs can effectively support district leader development, particularly in a changing policy context.

Lessons from the Field for Principal Development Programs: A Wallace Foundation Sponsored Session

Saturday, Nov 18 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

This session will explore a set of learning tools designed by and for The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Professional Learning Community (PLC).  These tools, which reflect authentic problems of practice encountered by principals, can serve as powerful instructional tools for preparation programs.  Panelists will present the tools and discuss practical applications.

Supporting Principal Program Redesign: First Year Work of the Wallace Foundation UPPI Project: A Wallace Foundation Sponsored Session

Saturday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

This session will engage three faculty members who are leading the efforts of three universities (University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Denver, and University of Washington) to provide “university partner preparation program” support to a small number of research intensive and non-research intensive universities that are engaged in principal preparation program redesign and improvement through The Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI).