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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.

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The Bridge District Learning Network, supported by the Illinois ROE Lead Hubs and WestEd through a grant from the US Department of Education, offers professional development and coaching at no cost to district central office teams and is a year-long, voluntary opportunity for leaders to develop and/or modify systems and structures for principal support, principal retention, and principal development. The focus will be on aligning systems, removing barriers, and creating conditions for the development, recruitment, and retention of principals, specifically women and/or people of color. You can learn more about the Bridge District Learning Network here:


As the school year ends, we would like to reflect and celebrate your work as school leaders focused on equity and achievement in Illinois! WestEd and the Illinois Regional Offices of Education would like to invite you to our in-person convening on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Illinois school success is bolstered by excellent, diverse leaders capable of meeting students and teachers’ learning needs. This Bridge Project learning event brings together aspiring principals, district central office teams and state stakeholders in conversation about improving school leadership support.


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

Principal, Granite School District