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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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Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. —John Cotton Dana

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

Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD
Vilas Distinguished Professor of
Higher Education
Director & Chief Research Scientist,
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory



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

Over 125 people from throughout Wisconsin (and beyond) gathered at UW-Madison for WISCAPE's inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26.

It was a great day focused on raising awareness and developing a deeper understanding of Wisconsin’s underrepresented ​student populations. 


Gwendolyn Baxley, ELPA PhD student was one of four UW-Madison PhD students selected from a pool of 600 applicants to receive a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
Dr. Anupama Shekar (ELPA PhD Alum) shares her story of following her passion for ensuring equitable access to quality education, no matter a child’s economic circumstance, and how it took her from a career in journalism in India, to post-doctoral research in the U.S. Her work has featured a long history of working with qualitative research and evaluation tools, including NVivo. 

From journalism to research and evaluation: a research journey

She is currently an Evaluation Consultant with the Center on Research and Evaluation at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.
May 2018

Brett Ranon Nachman, ELPA PhD Student, presents some of his research on depictions and experiences of college students with autism at two venues this April: the "Autism: As We Are" event at the Waisman Center and the 60th Annual Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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)
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 bySouth 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."




DEADLINE:  Submitting
K12 Master's Portfolio
Summer 2018
Submit Intent Form Due June 27, 2018 

Submit August 20 by 12 AM
Reviewed by committee August 20-23
Results to Students August 24

Revisions (if required)
Due August 29 by 12 AM
Revisions reviewed August 30
Students Notified of Results August 31


Master's in Global Higher Education

new cohort begins fall 2018
application deadlines 


"Coaching to What End? The Development and Enactment of a Shared Critically Oriented Coaching Discourse".  ELPA Faculty Associate,  Dr. Laura Lang was recently published in The Philosophy of Coaching, an online journal. May 2018

 julie_underwood-0179839212C94302 ELPA STUDENTS

Professor Julie Underwood


Professor Weijia Li



Chelsea Blackburn Cohen

Awarded ELPA 2017-2018
Dissertation of the Year

Globalization and the Mobility of Ideas: A Critical Account of Academics in Exile at Colleges and Universities in the United States
(Clifton Conrad, Faculty Advisor)

Sheltreese McCoy

Where is My Place:  Queer and Transgender Students of Color Experiences in cultural Centers at a Predominantly White University 
(Colleen Capper, Faculty Advisor)

Janelle Ramsel

How Three Big 10 Universities Implement Title IX Student-on-Student Sexual Assault Policies on Their Campuses
(Julie Mead, Faculty Advisor)

Candice Cardoza, ELPA Master's Graduate
pays tribute to her Grandparents
on her commencement cap.

STUDENTS & ALUMNI               

Small world...
Yang Zhang and Ruttanatip (Dang)
Chonwerawong, ELPA PhD alums ​never met until at a conference in Hawaii one said UW-Madison.  


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