The Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) initiative seeks to create partnerships between higher education institutions and local education agencies committed to the integration of improvement science principles into leadership development and educational practice. With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Foundation organized a competitive application process that resulted in 11 iLEAD partnerships during the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools and the University of Virginia
  • Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver
  • Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and the Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, George Mason University, and the George Washington Graduate School of Education
  • Florence School District #1 and the University of South Carolina
  • The High Tech High Network and High Tech High Graduate School of Education
  • New York School Districts and Fordham University
  • Portland Public Schools and Portland State University
  • Oxford School District and the University of Mississippi
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools and the University of Maryland
  • UPrep Charter School/Pittsburgh Public Schools and the University of Pittsburgh

Through their engagement with iLEAD, these partnerships have developed long-term visions for using improvement science to develop leaders and practitioners committed to and capable of addressing longstanding inequities of opportunity and outcomes in school systems; created concrete, short-term plans for strengthening their partnerships; and garnered support from key stakeholders within their school systems, universities, and surrounding communities. In addition, these inaugural iLEAD members have articulated their collaborative visions through partnership narratives and charted their progress using a co-developed developmental rubric, which guides their efforts.

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