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The Educational Leadership Initiative

The Educational Leadership Initiative (ELI) is not a program, but a way of thinking and working that emphasizes and supports local school district concerns. ELI provides comprehensive, integrated professional development designed to support a school culture focused on student learning and built upon a foundation of shared leadership.

Our philosophy of shared leadership is practiced through the work of “vertical” leadership teams (teachers, principals, central office, and superintendent of each district) that focus on data-informed problem solving and decision-making to improve teaching and learning. These teams create and support an intense focus on instructional improvement while reinforcing the value of open dialogue and planning.

Our work with school districts is aimed at building capacity through the establishment of a network of regional collaborators and partners. We seek to create credible, multi-level learning communities in schools, on leadership teams, and within the central office. Collaboration within educational communities fosters school cultures of sustained, rigorous instructional practices that continuously improve achievement for each and every student.

Tri-State Area Study Council

The Tri-State Area School Study Council is one of the oldest and largest study councils in the nation. Its membership includes over 100 school districts, intermediate units, vocational-technical schools, dioceses, colleges, and private schools. The council is supported largely by fees from member districts and by a subsidy from the University of Pittsburgh, where it is headquartered.

The mission of Tri-State is to improve the quality of educational opportunity for children and youth by helping to strengthen school organization and administration. It accomplishes this mission through conferences, workshops, institutes, and lectures for school administrators and school board members; consultation services to districts; information retrieval services; exchange of information relative to new educational practices, programs, and publications; and cooperative research projects.

For more information, please contact the Tri-State Area School Study Council by phone at (412) 648-7175 or by email at

The Western Pa Writing Project

The Western Pa Writing Project (WPWP) is a non-profit, teacher-centered professional development program, serving area schools and students for nearly thirty years. It is a long-standing affiliate of the National Writing Project.

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project works to improve the teaching and learning of writing in schools and communities throughout Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, Beaver, Lawrence, and Butler counties. The Project engages teachers in their own writing and professional growth and increases opportunities for young people to develop their writing abilities.

Since 1982, the WPWP's teacher-centered, teacher led professional development program has served teachers and students in over 50 school districts and has partnered with over 150 local schools and community organizations in its efforts to strengthen academic and public literacy. Their mission to improve the teaching of writing is sustained by core values and our core programs. They welcome educators and students from all schools and grade levels, and seek to form collaborative and enduring bonds with other organizations dedicated to teaching children and promoting literacy.