Education Leadership Research Center

Created in 2009, the Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC) was established by the Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development to advance knowledge about effective education leadership by engaging in relevant, high-quality research and disseminating key findings on leadership practices and policies that will make a difference in helping American schools improve the learning experiences of children.


The vision of the Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC) is that successful schools of the future will achieve the common goal of high quality and culturally and socially responsible teaching and learning for all students and that the ELRC will contribute to the attainment of this vision through the research and services it conducts.


The ELRC faculty and affiliates recognize that education leadership does matter and is, in fact, essential to improving the educational outcomes and school experiences of children. In an era of public accountability, occurring simultaneously with major shifts in student diversity patterns, education leaders are challenged by the universal goal of high quality and equitable teaching and learning for all students. In this environment, parents, teachers, policy makers and the general public turn to education leaders for solutions. The primary mission is to conduct innovative, world-class research and to disseminate key findings with the aim of informing and enriching the leadership practices of individuals and school organizations at the local, state, national and international levels. The secondary mission is to provide cutting edge professional learning and services to teacher leaders, school administrators, and policy makers

Our Agenda

  • Identify leadership behaviors, roles, practices and designs that improve teaching and learning in schools.
  • Examine the professional development of education leaders and the ways in which it can improve their ability to promote positive organizational change.
  • Examine the beliefs, cultural changes, and teaching and learning strategies required to promote high student achievement.
  • Contribute new research and identify best practices that inform local, national and international efforts for school improvement.
  • Use theory-driven approaches to develop viable, pragmatic solutions to education leadership challenges.
  • Conduct small and large-scale program evaluation.
  • Examine the effects of both locally- and externally-derived intervention programs operating in schools.
  • Build collaborative relationships with practicing school leaders in Texas and beyond to improve education leadership.