The Wallace Foundation
The foundation's mission is to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. We do this by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices. Our current objectives are to strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement; improve after-school learning opportunities; and expand participation in arts and culture.The state-district partnership is the centerpiece of LEADERS Count, a five-year, $150-million commitment by the Wallace Foundation to place quality leadership at the core of school reform and to build a new field of knowledge that helps improvements spread on a broader scale. The objectives of LEADERS Count are: to attract and place a broader pool of able candidates for school leadership; to strengthen the abilities of principals and superintendents to improve learning; and to create conditions that allow principals and superintendents to perform as effective leaders.
Eugene 4J School District
Eugene School District is located in Eugene, Oregon; it has a student population of more than 17,000 students and has 45 schools. District 4J guiding principles are: Do what's best for students. Continue to learn and grow. Respect and care about each other. The district believes by investing in students we are creating the future. Our goal is to ensure that each and every student experiences success and develops to his/her fullest potential.The district is currently conducting the "Everyone a Learner" project as part of the Wallace Foundation's national LEADERS Count initiative. The "Everyone a Learner" project is designed to help all students reach their potential by: I) improving recruitment and professional development systems to ensure that new administrators are of the highest caliber and broadest representation; 2) providing current administrators with the skills to improve student learning; and 3) ensuring that support structures and policies strengthen successful leadership and student learning. This publication is part of the district's effort to create greater leadership density in the district with the goal of improving student achievement for all students.Eugene 4J School District
University of Oregon, Administrative Licensure Program
The Administrator Licensure program at the University of Oregon is dedicated to preparing leaders to effectively design, provide, and continuously improve effective K-K-12 educational systems. Collaboration between nationally recognized researchers, exemplary field-based administrators, affiliated research and outreach centers, and partner school districts has forged the licensure program into an exceptional training opportunity. Programs are built on the cohort model and involve collaborative teaching between university faculty and practitioners integrating theory and practice.Administrator Licensure offers programs of study for the Initial Administrator, Continuing Administrator/Initial Superintendent, and Continuing Superintendent certification and may be integrated into the College's nationally ranked academic graduate programs. The Administrator Licensure program is dedicated to developing the capabilities of school and district administrators to advance a culture of professional practice to effectively create and provide educational systems where all students succeed. The licensure program is funded through UO's Continuation Center who supported the project by contributing resources. Faculty and staff from the licensure program collaborated with Eugene School District 4J to create this publication.