The National Center established in 2023

The National Center for School-University Partnerships extends the work of the Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) network. iLEAD was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, with significant support by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. iLEAD was a growing professional community of district-university partnerships from across the country who seeked to support local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) in their use of continuous improvement methods to develop leaders and educators, and address persistent problems that face districts, schools, and their communities.

Members of iLEAD Included

  1. Avondale School District and Arizona State University

  2. Chesterfield County Public Schools and the University of Virginia

  3. Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois, Chicago

  4. Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver

  5. Fairfax County Public Schools and George Mason University

  6. The University of South Carolina

  7. High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education and the High Tech High Network

  8. New York Districts and Fordham University

  9. Oxford School District and the University of Mississippi

  10. Portland Public Schools and Portland State University

  11. Prince George’s County Public Schools and the University of Maryland

Since its launch in 2017, iLEAD combined network-wide activities to enable cross-partnership learning with site-based efforts grounded in each partnership’s objectives. Partnerships regularly met (in-person and virtually) to discuss common dilemmas, share strategies, and engage in role-alike conversations, improvement reviews, and collective problem-solving and planning.

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