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ELPS Mission and Strategies

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) prepares compassionate, ethically centered, public intellectuals to become effective and transformative leaders committed to social justice in America's schools.


The department has set out four core strategies that guide and prioritize our work.

STRATEGY 1: In all aspects of our research, teaching, and service, we will keep central and work to fully include and integrate the unique strengths and experiences we each bring into our daily practices.

STRATEGY 2: We will partner with our communities to steward resources toward collectively prioritized, asset-focused outcomes.

STRATEGY 3: We will engage in transformative transdisciplinary research that has substantial scientific, social and educational impacts.

STRATEGY 4: We will maximize student learning and success through the design and delivery of empirically-based programs grounded in culturally relevant pedagogy and practice.