SCOE established the Leadership Center in 2004 in recognition of the critical role that school leaders play in improving student learning. At the state and local levels, considerable resources have been invested in professional development and support for teachers, but very little has been available for school leaders.
Now known as Leadership Initiatives, this area of SCOE service provides emerging, new, and experienced school leaders with the practical tools and insights they need to do their jobs, and do them well. Underlying each program is a clear emphasis on strategies for closing the achievement gap. In addition, structures are provided so that participants can take the lessons “home” and fine-tune them to the needs of their school or district.