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Research-Informed Professional Learning for High-Quality Leadership

About Educational Leadership and System Design at WestEd

Educational Leadership and System Design (ELSD) provides networked, high-quality leadership professional learning to current and future school- and system-level leaders, which is informed by our rigorous research.

Build knowledge.
Network to learn.
Engage other leaders.

We offer a variety of learning opportunities to help leaders see how ELSD can advance their leadership capacity. Attend a 30-minute information session, 1 hour workshop preview, or webinar.

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Tailored professional support and research-based tools.

High-quality leadership professional development from WestEd translates the best research into tools, processes, and practices that current and future leaders can use to manage change.

Latest News


The State’s Role in Addressing Teacher Shortages Today to Sustain the Profession in the Future

In the wake of the pandemic, teacher shortages continue to present challenges for school districts as they work to find qualified and prepared teachers to fill K–12 classrooms.

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Resource Allocation Reviews: Lessons Learned Over Four Years—Q&A With Alicia Bowman and Tia Taylor

Today, state education agencies (SEAs) are at various ​​stages ​of ​​conducting ​ESSA-required resource allocation reviews (RARs) ​to support​ ​local education agencies (LEAs) ​that serve ​a significant number of ​low-performing schools. ​In this Q&A​, RAR ​​project leads​​ ​​​with ​the Region 15 Comprehensive Center​ (R15CC)​, Alicia Bowman and Tia Taylor, talk about what they have learned over four years of working with states to create processes that enable leaders to examine the connection between ​resource allocation and academic outcomes​.

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Utah Principal Supervisors’ Academy Report

The Utah Principal Supervisors’ Academy celebrated learning together in July, 2023. The University of Utah has evaluated UPSA’s first year, and we will release the short report by September 30, 2023. Watch for the data!

Upcoming Events

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bridge District Learning Network Information Session


The Bridge District Learning Network offers free professional development and coaching to district central office teams in Illinois through a year-long, voluntary opportunity for school district leaders to support the hiring, development and retention of principals through an equity lens.

Leadership skills necessary to cultivate a healthy and positive school culture for staff, students, and families.

Principal, Granite School District