2020-2021 Leading for School Improvement Institute

​The Leading for School Improvement Institute (LSI) provides customized support to principals to improve school performance. Participants engage in a multiyear, job-embedded professional learning community with experiences grounded in effective practices for school improvement. In-depth training is provided on identifying needs, data-informed decision making, improving student outcomes, engaging the community, and transforming instruction and school culture. Participants function as a community of practice led by leadership coaches to support the continuous cycle of improvement. Each principal is provided with a leadership coach to support the application of content shared during the LSI. The purpose of the leadership coaching is to support principals in the application of effective school improvement practices.


Schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) are required to participate in the Leading for School Improvement Institute. In Maryland, CSI schools are the lowest achieving five percent of Title I schools or any public high school failing to graduate one third or more of their students based upon the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate.

Access to all LSI meeting resources can be found on the Maryland Resource Hub.




Contact Information
E. L. Mitzel, Jr., Executive Director
Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement
Division of Career and College Readiness
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201-2595
410-767-0348 (office)
edmund.mitzel@Maryland.gov