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Educational Leadership and System Design (ELSD) provides current and future educational administrators vital professional development that positively affects teaching and learning in today’s increasingly complex educational landscape. ELSD also conducts important, rigorous research and evaluation studies to determine what works for training, supporting and retaining school principals.

Leadership Professional Learning

We believe professional learning is a key lever for leaders to create conditions for high-quality teaching and learning and safe and supportive school environments. Our approach focuses on maximizing time, tools, processes, and facilitation skills to support leaders in executing their school vision. Our partners value our tailored and job-embedded approach to professional learning design, which ensures content relevancy and application through convenient adult learning experiences.

  • School Leadership Team Networks

    ELSD builds partnerships of statewide and school district networks focused on exchanging research and building practical solutions to the pressing issues of talent retention, systems coherence, and leader career development.

  • Principal Supervisor Academies

    ELSD offers statewide Principal Supervisor Academies for central office administrators.

  • Leadership coaching and coach support

    ELSD provides in-person and online leadership coaching to principals and central office administrators that take an evidence-based, blended approach. We also provide structured training for effective leadership coaches.

  • Leadership learning tools

    ELSD leads statewide and district teams to design leadership evaluation, residency, and coaching tools, and consults with states on policies supporting the principal workforce.

Leadership Research and Evaluation Studies

We believe that district, state, and national decisions about educational leadership supports should be informed by good data. ELSD conducts leadership research and evaluation studies for school districts, charter management organizations, and state departments of education to build that crucial data for decision making .

  • Large-scale, rigorous impact research

    ELSD researchers conduct large-scale impact analyses that document the effects of school leadership improvements on principal retention, instruction, and student performance. Our research designs adhere to What Works Clearinghouse guidance.

  • Fast-response studies

    ELSD researchers conduct fast-response, descriptive studies that provide principals, their supervisors, and central office administrators with good data for decisions.

  • Leadership surveys

    ELSD has developed leadership measurement tools like the Leadership Learning Conditions survey, Principal Supervisor 360, and Fast Feedback observation tools. Our research team supports school districts and charter management organizations to implement these tools.

Our Team

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Teresa Alonzo

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Matthew Clifford

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Ayele Dodoo

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Krystal Diaz

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Lauryn Fullerton

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Kandis Kuklinski

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Prudence Harris-Minton

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Jack Pham

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Priscillla Rodriguez


Our Clients

Our client-focused professional learning and research projects increase leadership capacity, helping our clients to advance change. Our clients include school districts, charter management organizations, state departments of education, philanthropic organizations, and federal offices.

School Districts
Utah Department of Education
  • Alpine School District
  • Beehive Science & Technology Academy
  • Box Elder School District
  • Cache County School District
  • Canyons School District
  • Davis School District
  • Duchesne County School District
  • Granite School District
  • Greenwood Charter School
  • Jordan School District
  • Juab School District
  • Logan City School District
  • Mountain Heights Academy
  • Ogden School District
  • Park City School District
  • Providence Hall Charter School
  • Salt Lake City School District
  • San Juan School District
  • Sevier School District
  • South Sanpete School District
  • South Summit School District
  • The Center for Creativity, Innovation and Discovery
  • Tintic School District
  • Tooele County School District
  • Utah County Academy of Sciences
  • Utah Military Academy System of Schools
  • Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
  • Washington County School District
Arizona Department of Education
  • Alhambra Elementary School District
  • ASU Preparatory Academy
  • Douglas Unified School District
  • Edison Project/Edison School of Innovation
  • Fountain Hills Unified School District
  • Higley Unified School District
  • Legacy Traditional Schools
  • Lake Havasu USD #1
  • Piñon Unified School District
  • Saddle Mountain Unified
  • Tucson School District
  • Vertex Education/Legacy Traditional Schools
  • ABC Unified School District
  • Alisal Union School District
  • AIMS Charter School District
  • Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Fremont Union High School District
  • Freeport School District 145
  • Hillsborough City School District
  • Keppel Union School District
  • Madera County Superintendent of Schools
  • Mariposa County Unified School District
  • Milpitas Unified School District
  • Morongo Unified School District
  • Newport-Mesa Unified School District
  • Nuview Union School District
  • Ocean View School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • Selma Unified School District
  • Tulare County Office of Education
  • White Pine County School District
State Departments of Education
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Nevada Department of Education
  • Utah Department of Education
  • llinois Lead Hubs: A non-profit partnership among eight Illinois regional offices of education)
  • US Department of Education
  • The Wallace Foundation