The purpose of the Center is to advance the preparation of educational leaders through
university/school district partnerships that foster clinical field experiences, broad-based
instruction, action research, and support services for emergent and practicing school
leaders. The unique design of the Center affords program participants an opportunity
to collaborate with effective practicing leaders in elementary and secondary institutions
and benefit from their attributes, skills, and behaviors. More specifically, instructional
activities and clinical field experiences are designed to advance those attributes,
skills, and behaviors in emergent leaders with some degree of predictable success.
In addition, practicing school leaders are provided support services in a variety
of areas designed to enhance their success in school leadership.
The emphasis is on using four pathways to implement programs that incorporate 14 competencies,
reflecting both the quality and responsibility of effective school leadership. Using
these pathways, the Center for Urban School Leadership at The University of Memphis
has become a premiere resource for the preparation of school leaders, serving as a
model for the licensure of effective leaders and providing support services to schools
and school districts throughout West Tennessee.