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Core Competencies

The UW Danforth Educational Leadership Program is centered around six core competencies. These principles — developed through concentrated work with district partners, top experts and leading researchers — describe the essential knowledge and skills required to successfully guide educational systems and enhance student learning.

The core competencies are:

  • Shaping Culture & Leading Change
  • Building Instructional Capacity
  • Advocating With Students, Families & Communities
  • Committing to Ethical Practices
  • Driving Improvement With Data
  • Marshaling Resources & Improving Systems

Danforth students engage with and develop these competencies through aligned coursework and rigorous internship experiences, immersing themselves in the authentic work of effective educational leaders. The core competencies serve as the curriculum framework of the program and are aligned to national and Washington state standards. Previously based on the 2008 ISLLC Standards, the competencies have now been enhanced to reflect the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

Read a detailed description of the core competencies.

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