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The Department of Educational Leadership is committed to working with the university in support of the goals and strategic initiatives as outlined by the administration. In addition there is a commitment to also work beyond the university and provide service and support to the broader educational community in Illinois. A strong tradition of establishing and maintaining partnerships with the PK-12 school systems has been and continues to be one of the major strengths of the Department. 

The Department's faculty has been recognized for the active involvement and leadership in the major professional organizations aligned with school administration. Our faculty has been instrumental in influencing, supporting and contributing to the ongoing agenda focused on improving the educational arena in Illinois. Significant involvement of faculty members in action oriented research has contributed to guiding the direction and redirection of several educational initiatives. Faculty members have served in critical leadership roles at the regional, state and national levels.