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About the Program

The Distributed Leadership Program at the Penn Center for Educational Leadership was conceived and developed by Dr. John DeFlaminis with the support of Dr. James Spillane and Dr. James O’Toole and initially funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Without the generous support of the Foundation and the vision of its Executive Director, Dr. Gail Levin, this program would not have been possible.

The Program is designed to operationalize distributed leadership through team building, leadership training, and school capacity building. School administrators work with teams of teachers and leadership coaches to design and implement instructional improvements that target specific student learning needs.

The DL Program consists of multiple components tailored to the needs of each educational context and including:

  • Training and professional development (view our Curriculum Modules)
  • Action plans (guided instructional improvement plans)
  • Professional leadership coaching (ongoing multi-year support in the form of highly qualified leadership coaches)
  • Team building (leadership teams work together to improve school leadership and school culture)
  • Site based interventions and professional development (leadership experts work with each school to help them achieve their individual goals)
  • Coalition membership (member schools become part of a growing network of distributed leadership schools)