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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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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. —Anonymous

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 

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Ranked #1

UW-Madison School of Education shines in latest U.S. News ‘Best Graduate Schools’ rankings


Wisconsin Center for the 
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

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





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)



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               

David Perrodin, ELPA PhD Alum, recently published:  Your Best Defense: Advice from
an Expert Witness -- Strategies to keep your district out of the courtroom.

Deniece Dortch, Visiting Assistant Professor at George Washington University and ELPA PhD alum interviewed by South Seattle Emerald.  Dortch is the founder of the African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative, an innovative program piloted at the University of Utah that created a multidisciplinary cohort of black doctoral students to support one another through their ​PhD process.


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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