Improving America’s Schools Together: How District-University Partnerships and Continuous Improvement Can Transform Education

iLEAD is a growing national network 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 to address persistent problems of practice. In this session, iLEAD members will share tools, reflections, and guidance based on their efforts to build and sustain productive collaborations to achieve more equitable opportunities and outcomes in schools. The session will introduce participants to iLEAD’s new edited volume, and how it can serve as a resource for those seeking more coordinated and mutually-beneficial IHE-LEA partnerships


Manuelito Biag, Managing Director, Center for Postsecondary Innovation, Senior Associate, Networked Improvement Science,Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Louis Gomez, Professor of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Senior Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Randy Hitz, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
David Imig, Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland, College Park; Senior Fellow, Strategic Initiatives, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
Steve Tozer, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Chicago
Erin Anderson, Associate Professor, University of Denver
David Eddy-Spicer, Professor of Education, School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia
Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent, Avondale Elementary School District
Bradley Roberson, Superintendent, Oxford School District
David Rock, Dean, School of Education, University of Mississippi
Claire Silva, Ed.D Doctoral Candidate; ExSEL Administration & Supervision Organization, University of Virginia
Shelby Cosner, Professor of Education Organization and Leadership and Director of the Center for Urban Education Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Felice Desouza, Supervisor, Office of Monitoring an Accountability, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Sandra Lochhead, Director, ECE-8 Collaborative, Denver Public Schools
Peter Martinez, Retired, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education
Margaret Terry Orr, Professor and Director of EdD Program in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy, Fordham University
Farnoosh Shahrokhi, Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Education Leadership and Policy in the College of Education and Human Development, Geroge Mason University
Jean Snell, Associate Director and Senior Faculty Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement, University of Maryland