Providing comprehensive, research-based programming to address leader preparation, development, and support


The comprehensive CEEL model includes coordinated programming that incorporates rigorous leadership candidate screening, core content training in instructional leadership and school operations management principles, and formal mentoring and coaching supports to help develop school leaders through the first years of their tenure and beyond. A key aspect of CEEL is the composition of the partners in this effort: education leaders, private and public business partners, nonprofits, and higher education institutions. 

The Need:

The one constant in education is CHANGE and how leaders embrace change determines the future of South Carolina's children.

School leaders are responsible for ensuring that every child is college, career, and citizenship ready when they graduate.


Leaders need sustainable leadership development programs that are cutting edge, comprehensive, transformational, and relevant to the leadership settings in which they serve.

A pipeline of school leaders who will transform education over the next few years, and beyond, is essential for driving the education and economic engines in our state.


Learning to Lead


All program components are based on research and best practices in both the  field of education and business arena. Strategies to help participants build expertise in each step of their development include: topic-specific content module instruction, experiential and project-based learning opportunities through apprenticeships or guided settings, expert mentoring and executive coaching, and 360 degree feedback from peer and support systems.




Aspiring Leaders

Our program will support and guide individuals who are aspiring to school leadership roles.  These professionals will receive assistance in determining their interest in and aptitude for leadership.  Ideally, districts will nominate and refer potential candidates who will receive development support in small group settings over a specified period of time in order to help create a pipeline of capable and experienced leaders for the future. 

Assistant Principals

CEEL will support assistant principals who seek to assume the responsibilities of the principalship.  These individuals bring a level of leadership experience but often lack the full skill set needed to move into a head principalship role.  Districts will be offered the opportunity to both refer assistant principals and make recommendations as to specific subject area content needed for particular individuals in order to enhance his or her leadership potential.  Assessments will be administered and interpreted for identification of development needs.



CEEL will support the development of principals in their second through fifth year of service.  Districts will nominate candidates for this customized, needs-based, transformative leadership opportunity for principals across the state.  Development needs will be determined through 360 degree feedback evaluations and leadership assessments of capability and capacity.  Leadership skills will be developed through a variety of methods, including workshops, small group discussions, simulations and case studies, group and individual experiential school-based projects and stretch assignments.

District Level Leadership

CEEL will support superintendents and district level leaders through customized, needs-based and transformative leadership opportunities. Cohorts of leaders will learn together and challenge themselves and each other to identify and take to mastery those specific skills and behaviors that will affect student achievement over an entire district.