National partners

CEL continually develops innovative programs, partnerships and resources in our mission to eliminate the achievement gap.


AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit

Through an emerging partnership, AASA members will have increased access to CEL training opportunities around developing instructional leadership.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEL is working across the country with statewide consortia, school districts and charter management organizations to improve effective teaching and dramatically increase student learning. The “Leading for Effective Teaching” project highlights how school districts are evolving the role of principals as instructional leaders — and how central offices are adapting to better support principals in these efforts. The “Leadership for Higher Academic Standards” project is building the skills of district and school leaders in leading the implementation of Common Core State Standards.


BloomBoard empowers educator growth through an easy-to-use online platform for professional development. BloomBoard’s innovative marketplace delivers CEL’s web-based training offerings as part of a comprehensive, personalized library of administrator and educators resources.

Learning Forward

Learning Forward is a nonprofit, international membership association of learning educators committed to one vision in K–12 education: Excellent teaching and learning every day. CEL is a member of Learning Forward's Redesign PD Partnership, a diverse group of leading thinkers working to identify new solutions to challenges within the current professional learning system and to inspire new thinking about how to create demand for—and implement—redesigned systems of support that can guarantee that all educators have access to effective professional learning. Learn more.

Logan Center for Education at THE Institute for Systems Biology

Through the Logan Center for Education, the Institute for Systems Biology promotes Next Generation Science, Engineering & Mathematics and addresses ways to make quality STEM education available for all. CEL experts serve as active thought partners in developing resources and experiences designed to support principals as instructional leaders for science. Learn more about Principles of Science for Principals (P4P).

Mathematica Policy Research / American Institutes for Research / Pemberton Research / Social Policy Research Associates

Mathematica Policy Research, along with its partners American Institutes for Research, Pemberton Research, and Social Policy Research Associates, is conducting a rigorous, multi-year, large-scale evaluation of the effectiveness of principal professional development for the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. CEL is playing a central role in the study as the sole provider of training and coaching interventions aimed at honing principals’ skills. Learn more.

Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals

Through a partnership with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, CEL has jointly developed Pivot with 5D+, an electronic teacher observation and evaluation tool based on CEL’s 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning instructional framework and the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric.

National Association of Secondary School Principals

NASSP is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals and schools leaders. Through a collaboration with CEL, NASSP members have access to CEL training programs that enable school leaders to better support teachers in the delivery of high-quality instruction.

San Diego County Office of Education

The San Diego County Office of Education provides transformational professional learning opportunities for 42 Southern California school districts serving over 500,000 students. CEL’s partnership with San Diego COE marries the Center's expertise with a high-performing local organization able to offer California school districts immediate practice, application and feedback.

Teaching Channel

The nonprofit Teaching Channel has reinvented the use of video content in professional learning with the launch of Teaching Channel Teams.

For school systems supported by CEL, Teaching Channel Teams presents another avenue for delivering CEL’s job-embedded, individualized coaching and professional development.