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The centrality of leadership to impact school improvement has been well documented. As a result, educational reformers have turned their attention to how leaders are prepared. The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), along with other educational experts, strives to identify and promote programs that effectively prepare future leaders who are able to lead school improvement resulting in enhanced student achievement. In recent years researchers have identified several preparation program features associated with effective leadership practice, and educational leadership preparation programs have redesigned their content and delivery, incorporating these features and enhancing their impact. This webinar series highlights research and practice that drives high quality leadership preparation and practice.


 Title: The District Role in Supporting School Level Leadership

Date/Time: TBD, May 2014


Andy Cole, The Wallace Foundation

Meredith Honig, The University of Washington

Trisha McManus, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Facilitator: Michelle D. Young, UCEA Executive Director

Description: This webinar focuses on a recent Wallace Foundation report, which highlights the important role that districts, and in particular principal supervisors, must play in supporting school level leaders.   Recent research has demonstrated the many challenges facing school leaders, particularly during their first few years in the job.  Join Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes three panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community in a discussion focused on how universities and districts can work together to support school level leaders and develop district capacity in this area.  The expert panel will include Andy Cole, BMeredith Honig and Trisha McManus. 

This Webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.


Title: From Partnerships to Professional Learning Communities  (516 KB)

Date: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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UCEA is proud to bring educational leadership faculty a free webinar highlighting the formation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for preparation.

Many educational leadership programs have or are developing partnerships with local schools and districts in an effort to increase the relevancy of their preparation programs to the particular needs of local educational communities. Members of the Wallace Preparation Provider PLC argue that we need more than partnerships, however. They argue that we need professional learning communities. Join us for a web-based conversation exploring the development of preparationfocused professional learning communities at the local, institutional and national level. Participants will share their work within PLCs at each of the levels and the opportunities provided by such engagement. Participants will include Cheryl King, director and principal investigator for the project; Brad Portin, the University of Washington; Susan Korach, the University of Denver; and Michael Johanek, the University of Pennsylvania.

This Webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.


Title: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

This webinar focuses on the recent Wallace Foundation report Districts Matter: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need. This report highlights the important role that districts play in shaping the destinies of its principals. Join Michelle YoungUCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes four panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community as they discuss the implications of this work for principal development and evaluation, as well as, the development of district level leaders to supervise and support building level principals. The expert panel will includeRashidah Morgan, Director of Leadership Development, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools; Andy Cole, Educational Leadership Development Consultant, Former Director of Leadership Development for Fairfax County Public Schools; Mary Canole, Consultant on School Leadership, Council of Chief State School Officers and Ann O’Doherty, Director, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, University of Washington.


This Webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.



Title: Funding Opportunities for "Improving Education Systems" through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) 

Date/timeJuly 17, 2013, 2:00-3:30 Eastern Standard Time


Panelists: Katina Stapleton & James Benson, IES Program Officers for the "Improving Education Systems" Program


Facilitator: Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director


IES program officers will describe the funding opportunities for educational leadership researchers that are currently available for Fiscal Year 2014, including those under the "Improving Education Systems" and “Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy" program areas. During the webinar, IES staff will provide information on applying for grants, identify issues requiring special consideration, and address listeners' questions.


Title: Sustaining the Work Beyond the Grant: Lessons from Leadership Preparation

Date/time: June 27, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM EST


This webinar will focus on a recent study by the Wallace Foundation to assess the sustainability of its grant programs as well as similar findings from a review of US DOE Leadership Development Grants. Findings from the two efforts highlight lessons that preparation providers should be aware of when planning for the sustainability of program enhancements and improvements. Join Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes three panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community for a discussion of lessons learned from research and practice. The expert panel will Jody Spiro, Director of Education Leadership, The Wallace Foundation; Karen Sanzo, US Department of Education Communications Hub Director; and Ann O’Doherty, Director, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, University of Washington.


Title: Developing Strong and Sustainable Partnerships for Preparation

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 

Time: 3 PM- 4 PM ETD

Developing Strong and Sustainable Partnerships for Preparation 

This webinar focuses on developing strong and sustainable district/provider partnerships. As part of the Wallace Foundation Leadership Pipeline Project, a committee was formed to identify what makes a robust partnership and then how to determine the needs of the district prior to designing a leadership preparation curriculum/program. During this webinar, representatives of the committee, including Mark Gooden, Director of The University of Texas at Austin Principalship Program; John Youngquist, Director of Denver Public Schools Principal Talent Development; Tricia McManus, Director of Hillsborough County Public Schools Leadership Development, and Andy Cole, New York City Leadership Academy, will share their knowledge and experiences concerning the utility of the tool that was developed to identify the elements of a strong and sustainable partnership.

Title: Developing High Quality Mentoring and Induction Programs for Educational Leaders

Date:   Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time:   3 PM - 4 PM EDT 

Developing High Quality Mentoring and Induction Programs for Educational Leaders

This webinar focused on developing high quality mentoring programs for novice leaders. As part of the Wallace Foundation Leadership Pipeline Project, a committee was formed to think through what counts as a high quality mentoring and induction programs, the role of such programs in supporting leadership development and readiness, and how to build programs for effectiveness and sustainability. During this webinar, representatives of the committee, including Fred Brown of LearningForward, John Youngquist of the Denver Public Schools, and Leadership Development Consultant Lynn Scott, will share their knowledge and experiences concerning the challenges, opportunities and best practices to consider in designing and implementing mentoring and induction programs.

Title:    School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: Preparing Leaders for What Lies Ahead

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Date:    Friday, April 20, 2012

Time:    3:30 PM - 4:30 AM EDT

School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: Preparing Leaders for What Lies Ahead 

Research has shown that school leaders are not well prepared for their roles in crisis prevention and intervention.  When they do receive training, too often the focus is exclusively on crisis response and may not be based on best practices that include prevention, mitigation, preparation, and recovery. Left to their own resources, leaders often make poor decisions that endanger others. This webinar presents an introduction to the evidence-based preparation of educational administrators, highlighting: 1) why this content is important for inclusion in preparation, 2) what is known about crises educational administrators are likely to face, 3) what competencies should be incorporated into programs and 4) examples of how to teach such competencies.   There are four major pieces of school crisis prevention and intervention.

Wallace Webinar Series 2: 

Title: Building a Strong Leadership Pipeline

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Date: Wednesday, March 21

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm EST

Session Description

The focus of this webinar is the identification and development of educational leaders for K-12 school leadership positions.  Maureen Sanders of Denver Public Schools and Susan Korach of the University of Denver will be joined by a graduate of their joint program, to discuss their work in designing and sustaining a leadership development pipeline for the Denver Public Schools.  Their discussion will include the development of the DPS-UD partnership, the goals of their partnership, the key components of their pipeline work and strategies for developing and sustaining strong and successful university-district partnerships.

Wallace Webinar 1:

Title: How School Districts Support Effective Leadership Practice

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST

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How School Districts Support Effective Leadership Practice

The University Council for Educational Administration and its partner the Wallace Foundation are proud to bring you a free webinar series highlighting research and exemplary practice in leadership preparation. 
School leadership often has been overlooked as an education improvement strategy, despite the evidence that leadership influences student achievement. In this webinar, panelists will share their research findings and examine district-level conditions that improve the effectiveness of school principals. The panelists will also discuss how to develop effective university-district preparation partnerships.

Meredith Honig (University of Washington), Karen Seashore (University of Minnesota), and Daniel Player (University of Virginia’s Darden-Curry Partnership in Leadership Education) will join UCEA for a presentation and discussion that will explore research and practice concerning the role of school districts in supporting effective leadership practice.  Presenters will share their insights as concerning the specific district policies, structures and practices that matter most in supporting effective leadership practice, particularly the practice of building level leaders.  The research and experiences shared is particularly relevant to districts working to support dramatic improvements at low-performing campuses. 

Title: Workshop: ELCC Reports and the New NCATE/ELCC Standards 

Date: January 30, 2012

Time: 3:00-4:30 PM EST

Presenter: Honor Fede, ELCC Review Committee

Workshop: ELCC Reports and the New NCATE/ELCC Standards    

The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) has recently adopted a new set of standards based on the revised Interstate School Leadership Licensure Standards (ISLLC). This change has important implications for the types of data programs should collect and how that data should be reported. Honor Fede, the director of the ELCC, is offering a workshop to faculty who are preparing their ELCC Reports and for faculty who have served or are interested in serving as ELCC reviewers. The first 30 minutes of this workshop will focus primarily on the new standards and their implications for ELCC report preparation and the final hour will focus primarily on reviewer updates.