National partners

CEL continually develops innovative programs, partnerships and resources in our mission to eliminate educational inequities.


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 partnerships with CEL, such as the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy, AASA members 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 worked 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 highlighted 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 built the skills of district and school leaders in leading the implementation of Common Core State Standards.

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 played 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.

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.

Stuart Foundation

Through a partnership with the Stuart Foundation, CEL is exploring programming and tools that will support the development of school and district leadership capacity across the state of California. A key element of the work is building the capacity of local intermediaries such as county offices of education to provide local support to school districts.

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation works nationally to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. Through a commission from the Wallace Foundation, and in partnership with Dr. Meredith Honig, CEL created the Central Office Transformation Toolkit, a set of three tools designed for school district central office leaders, especially principal supervisors, to help principals improve teaching and learning.