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Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative

In order to make meaningful improvement in the quality of education, 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 community colleges, univerisities, school districts, schools, and policy. Integrating general management and leadership education with research and experience working with college and school leaders to focus on studenteducational  attainment and labor market outcomes, SELI offerings provide innovative, principled, and research-based professional development opportunities that participants can immediately put to use in education leadership.  By fostering collaboration and building relationships between existing colleagues and among new peers, SELI programs create networks supporting participants’ continued learning and organizational improvement. 

 SELI offerings include the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, the NSF INCLUDES STEM Core Alliance,  Teaching Science How Learning Happens, and Civic Stewardship to Strengthen Community CollegesTo learn more about these programs, please click on the corresponding links on the upper right of this page.