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Leadership Competencies for Personalized, Student Centered Education

Leadership Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Education


Project Overview

Together, Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center, the Council of Chief State School OfficersInnovation Lab Network (ILN), the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE), and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) have been developing a comprehensive and coherent set of personalized, learner-centered leadership competencies (Leadership Competencies). The current Leadership Competencies are a product of a working group facilitated by the partner organizations and included representatives from 11 states to examine the literature, frameworks and standards around educational leadership, including the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and to create a forward-looking resource for leaders in learner-centered education environments. These Leadership Competencies will complement the set of Educator Competencies this team and others developed in 2015.


Open Comment Period & Overview Webinars

We are inviting teachers, school leaders, researchers and thought leaders from around the country to help us refine and improve these competencies. This open comment period will end Monday, April 10.  If you would like to learn more about this project, we invite you to join us during one of our virtual orientation webinars. These will be 30-minute orientations that will provide an overview of student-centered learning, the draft leadership competencies, and a quick walk-through of how to use the open comment website. The orientations will also be an opportunity for you to ask clarifying questions.

  • March 23 from 1:00-1:30 pm EST. If you would like to attend this virtual orientation, please register here.
  • April 3 from 1:30-2:00 pm EST. If you would like to attend this virtual orientation, please register here.

NOTE: Participating in a webinar is NOT REQUIRED to take part the open comment period.

Access the Leadership Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Education open comment portal.  
As you read through the various parts of the document (introduction, competencies, indicators, etc.), please let us know:

  1. What is missing -- or does not go far enough -- to describe an aspirational vision of personalized, learner-centered leadership?
  2. What is needed for better accuracy or clarity?
  3. What might be emphasized or grouped differently?
  4. Are any important frameworks or research citations missing?

On the comment page, you'll also be able to leave feedback and suggest resources (e.g., videos, toolkits, artifacts) for the forthcoming interactive version of this tool. You'll find full instructions at the top of the Open Comment site. 

If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Martinez ( or Ryan MacDonald (