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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
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The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Department Chair
Julie Mead, Professor
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Associate Dean, 
School of Education 


Clifton F. Conrad 
Faculty Director
Noel Radomski 
Associate Researcher & Managing Director

Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of 
Postsecondary  Education 

supports the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.





Dr. Chris Sadler, ELPA Wisconsin Idea Executive PhD Cohort Alum is presenting at the New Teacher Center 2018 Symposium in San Francisco, California on February 12th. Chris will be presenting on "How Do Successful Diverse Schools Support Beginning Teachers? Practical Findings from a Comparative Case Study."
Jacqueline Forbes, ELPA PhD student
Selected for
AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI)


K12 Leadership Master's Cohort 
(with an emphasis on Social Justice) 

application deadline ​​April 1, 2018
new cohort begins summer 2018        

Master's in Global Higher Education

new cohort begins fall 2018
application deadlines 


Mauriell Amechi
December 2017
Dissertation:Our Stories (Un)Told: Community Cultural Wealth and the College-Going Experiences of Transitioning Youth in Foster Care

STUDENTS & ALUMNI               


Meet 2018 Forward Under 40 Award Recipient Raul Leon, ELPA PhD’10


David Schuler
ELPA PhD ​Alum
and Illinois Educator

Chosen as 2018 National Superintendent of the Year

Adam Ross Nelson, ELPA PhD alum selected as the 2018 ASCA (Association for Student Conduct Administration) dissertation of the Year Award winner.  

One of the selection committee commented, "It seems to me that the dissertation speaking most directly to the work done by student conduct professionals is Adam Nelson's dissertation on "Learning and Development as a Result of Student Conduct Administration." His null results actually speak volumes with regard to the profession's assumption regarding the assumed educational process and learning that we use as one of our outcomes for students."


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