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A Connecticut State Department of Education program, LEAD Connecticut aims to recruit, select, prepare, develop and retain educational leaders to strengthen student learning across all Connecticut districts and classrooms with a priority focus on the schools and districts in most need of improvement-Alliance Districts.

A Deeper Dive into Leadership to Maximize Coherence - A Three Day Institute

During the 2014-2015 school year, interested school districts teams attended a four-day institute focused on building coherence within their organizations to support the implementation of an improvement strategy. The emphasis of this first year training was to support school leaders to focus the district’s direction to build a collective purpose and reduce the fragmentation that results from initiative overload.

In year two, participants will be introduced to the LEAD CT District Coherence and Capacity Framework, a tool purposefully designed to extend conceptual understanding of topics introduced in year one. This tool supports district team members to examine how the school district’s culture and systems interact to achieve outcomes. Teams will be use the LEAD CT Coherence Rubric to analyze various elements of the system in order to increase alignment and enhance coherence in four areas:

Focusing Direction: Refine and monitor the district’s direction while examining the assessing the impact of strategies

Cultivating Collaborative Work CulturesBuild precision in facilitating collaborative work cultures that use the group to change the group

Deepening LearningAssess the current district conditions for fostering deep learning competencies and explore leading edge approaches that transform learning 

Securing Accountability: Explore ways to increase internal accountability through capacity building to achieve the right mix with external accountability


The institute is offered over four one-day sessions. The learning format includes simulations, case studies, protocols and group problem solving to build vertical (intra-district) and horizontal (cross-district) integration.

The design will engage participants in a deep learning community that examines, explores, challenges and extends thinking and assumptions. District teams will address authentic issues in applying new learning between sessions and be prepared to share in communities of practice.  Teams will be expected to work on coherence in their district between sessions. 


  • Use the LEAD CT Coherence Framework to analyze and guide strategies to increase coherence
  • Go deeper to increase the collective leadership capacity of the district team to increase coherence
  • Examine and apply approaches to increase collaborative work vertically and horizontally in your organization
  • Explore strategies to foster deep learning competencies, enhance student-centered  (personalized) learning
  • Districts will develop a preliminary action plan to address coherence and capacity in district improvement plans.


Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Joanne Quinn is the Director of Whole System Change and Capacity Building with Michael Fullan Enterprises.

Richard Lemons is the  Deputy Director, Connecticut Center for School Change.

Robert Villanova is the Director of the Executive Leaders Program at the University of Connecticut.


This institute is made available by LEAD CT in partnership with CAPSS, CCSC, New Leaders and UCONN. The Connecticut Department of Education is the convener, partner and funder of LEAD CT. Dr. Richard Kisiel and Dr. Robert Villanova are co-project directors of the LEAD CT Coherence and Capacity Project.

To lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders.



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Public School Superintendents

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