National Center for School-University Partnerships

Established in 2017, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) network is a growing professional community of district-university partnerships seeking 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 equity-related problems that face districts, schools, and their communities.

We are thrilled to partner with the School of Education at the University of Mississippi to launch the National Center on School-University Partnerships which builds on the work of the iLEAD network by developing expertise in leading improvement efforts in schools, through improvement hubs and networks, and through mutually-beneficial partnerships between schools, districts, colleges and universities, and other community-based agencies and stakeholders.

Membership Information

To help launch the National Center, we are recruiting institutions and LEA-IHE partnerships to become paying members starting in the 2023-24 school year. We seek to develop a core group of members who will lead working groups, serve in an advisory role, and help establish improvement hubs focused on shared problems (e.g., chronic absenteeism). 

For questions, including further information on the costs and how to join the National Center, please contact the following:

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
National Center on School-University Partnerships at the University of Mississippi
Katie Bartholomew, David Rock,
Manuelito Biag,  W. Bradley Roberson,


Current iLEAD partnerships include:

  1. Avondale Elementary 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. Bronx 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