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Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative

In order to make meaningful improvement in the quality of education offered in the nation’s schools, education leaders need to be dynamic and entrepreneurial change agents. Managing is not enough -- increasingly leaders must rise to the challenge of changing their organizations through innovative, problem-solving strategies.

The Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative (SELI) strives to help education leaders further develop their ability to transform education systems and drive meaningful change.


SELI programs bring together the strengths of Stanford Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as additional Stanford faculty and resources, to offer multidimensional and immediately impactful professional development programming for practicing leaders in PreK-12, higher education, and policy. Integrating general management and leadership education with research and experience working with district, school, and policy leaders, SELI offerings provide innovative, principled, and research-based professional development opportunities that participants can immediately put to use on the job.  By fostering collaboration and building relationships between existing colleagues and among new peers, SELI programs create networks supporting participants’ continued learning and organizational improvement. 

Current SELI offerings include the Principal Fellows Program and the Executive Program for Education Leaders. To learn more about these programs, please click on the corresponding links on the upper right of this page.