Academic Pillars


Students will:

  • Apply accountable leadership strategies to create the structural, human relations, political and symbolic/cultural dimensions critical for high performance learning organizations.
  • Demonstrate initiative in creating solutions to barriers to learning that they identify within their organization and community.
  • Demonstrate an ability to create and sustain partnerships (i.e., groups, teams, organizations) that effectively improve learning.


Students will:

  • Apply evidence-based theories and principles of learning, motivation, and cultural competence to optimize practice in educational settings locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Demonstrate the belief that effective instruction is learner-centered, theoretically grounded, and contextual ly responsive to the individual differences of all learners.


Students will develop the ability to:

  • Establish goals and strategies for their position that support improved learning in their organization.
  • Apply goal – directed, data – driven decision making to generate consistent and measureable outcomes that are responsive to established standards and the needs of students, comm unity and society.
  • Demonstrate the belief that accountability and communication to all stakeholder groups leads to transparent and equitable educational outcomes that are responsive to all learners.


Students will:

  • Develop an unshakeable commitment to a diversity of thought and experience in their practice (e.g. diversity of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language proficiency and disability).
  • Identify practices, structures and policies that create barriers to learning and develop the skill and political savvy to negotiate, if not eliminate, those barriers for themselves and on behalf of others.
  • Demonstrate a valuing of using individual and cultural differences to inform practice related to accountability, leadership, and instruction that result in equal opportunity and access for all learners.