The Illinois Partnerships Advancing Rigorous Training (IL-PART) project, directed by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University, represents a collaborative effort between high-need districts and universities that have come together in formal partnerships aimed at transforming leadership preparation and development using a collaborative model. IL-PART is comprised of 3 qualifying high-need district/university partnerships.
The consortium of partners collaborate in a two-fold effort aimed at: 1) enhancing the role of the district/university partnerships in creating rigorous and relevant principal training programs aligned to the complexities faced by today’s principals; and 2) working collectively to improve teaching and learning and support high academic standards for students in participating high-need districts.
Together Everyone Achieves More Through Integrated Leadership (TEAM Lead), funded by Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED), is focused on increasing principal effectiveness in areas that lead to increases in student achievement, in public and private schools in rural, suburban, or urban schools. The project will help principals increase time spent on instruction, improve instructional quality by engaging teachers in a change process, positively impact student learning, particularly with high-need students, and identify and recruit high-potential teachers for principal preparation programs.
Partners To Lead, funded by Education Innovation and Research Early Phase (EIR), is focused on increasing principal effectiveness in areas that lead to increases in student achievement, particularly in rural and high-need schools. The project also includes matching grants from the Steans Family Foundation and the Tracy Family Foundation. PTL assists school leaders in establishing on-going organizational routines designed to institutionalize effective practices and establishes a strong professional community with collective responsibility for student learning.
The Comprehensive School Leadership (CSL) Hubs Project, funded by the Stone Foundation will pilot four CSL Hubs. CSL Hubs are designed to serve as a regional/local connection point that brings the schools, universities, and communities together to attract, place, support, and retain school leaders that are well trained to meet the needs of the whole child within a culturally responsive context that maximizes regional resources, builds regional capacity, and creates a highly successful, sustainable leadership pipeline.