Mission, Vision and Values

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) was founded in 2001 as a nonprofit service arm of the University of Washington College of Education, one of the top education schools in the country.

We are nationally recognized experts, with proven results.

We work side-by-side across the entire school system--central office, schools and classrooms--to help leaders ensure everyone moves forward as a team, with both a shared vision for equitable student experiences and outcomes, and with the support to realize that vision.


Our Mission

We partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading.


Our vision

Transformed schools empowering all students, regardless of background, to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities and the world.


Our values


People are the core. We believe equity, empowerment, respect, balance and celebration vitalize our most precious resource.


We nurture inquisitive minds. Curiosity propels us forward in a never-ending pursuit of new ideas and improved ways of working.


Knowledge empowers. As an innovative learning organization, we believe continuous reflection, learning and sharing create brighter outcomes for all.


We are stronger together. Collaboration accelerates performance, and we know that the best work is a product of shared ownership and individual strengths.


Student outcomes are our ultimate measure of success. A sense of urgency drives us to deliver the highest-quality work in service of eliminating educational inequities. 


Our values are a promise. We live our values according to non-negotiable standards of honesty, truth, responsibility, mutual respect and “doing what is right.”