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Our last information session of the year is tomorrow, December 8th, from 6 pm to 7 pm. It’s not too late, sign up with the link below: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AzhwScYYRRy0zXd-DmOucw

Can’t make it? No worries, there will be one more information session before the upcoming application cycle on Saturday, January 21, from 10 am - 11am.

Please pass this message on to anyone you think would be a good fit for our program!


This , please consider giving to ELP. Our program is designed for graduates to improve educational practices and outcomes, center equity, and increase access for all students. Support our efforts by clicking the link below to donate:

*All proceeds will directly fund ELP student scholarships.


There’s so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving! To all of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, thank YOU for making ELP so special. Happy Thanksgiving from us to you 🦃

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 11/04/2022

Reminiscing about this past weekend full of celebration and Bruin spirit 💙💛

On Saturday, we celebrated our beloved Professor Dr. Pat McDonough’s retirement, and we showed our Bruin pride at an ELP Football Social!

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 10/15/2022

So great to have all three cohorts in Moore Hall today. Cohort 28 worked on plans for their final year (exciting!), Cohort 29 participated in the inaugural ELP Mentoring & Career Development Program (more to come on this opportunity) and Cohort 30 celebrated the completion of first ELP class (congratulations!)


The second of five Information Sessions for our Educational Leadership Program is this Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 10 am! Learn about our commitment to promoting innovation and change-oriented educational leaders.

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in attending, use the link below to register:

Please share this information among your networks!


Last weekend we celebrated Cohort 27 with a dinner at UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s Plateia!

It was a night full of friends, laughter, and joy! We are so glad we got to celebrate our newest ELP graduates, and we can’t wait to see what these educational leaders do next. Cheers to you, Cohort 27!


Interested in becoming a part of ELP or know someone fit for our program? Come attend one of our information webinars to learn more about the UCLA Educational Leadership Program – the #1 public education school in the nation!

Click the link(s) below to register for the date(s) that work best:

Sept. 10, 2022 @ 10 am

Oct. 15, 2022 @10 am

Nov. 12, 2022 @ 10 am

Dec. 8, 2022 @ 6 pm

Jan. 21, 2023 @ 10 am


Welcome to the ELP Family, Cohort 30!!!


Didn't get the chance to register? No worries, on-site registration will be available!

We hope to see you there 💙💛

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 08/23/2022

Congratulations again to Cohort 7 for winning our Cohort Competition earlier this year!

On Sunday, they celebrated their win with a reunion luncheon at Plateia in the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center. Cohort 7, thank you for your continued support to ELP!


Don’t miss out! There’s only two days left to register for our 30th Anniversary 5K Walk for Scholarships this Sunday, August 28th!

Be sure to register by this Wednesday, August 24th, to secure a spot, receive a complimentary t-shirt, and walk around Drake Stadium to enter our opportunity drawing for tickets to the Magic Castle, gift cards, and other amazing prizes. Use the link below to register:


We hope to see you there!


There's still time to submit a congrats tribute to ELP Professor Cindy Kratzer in recognition of her 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award!

Share your appreciation for Dr. Cindy Kratzer and submit a video with the link below to be shared at ELP's 30th Anniversary Breakfast Celebration on August 28th at 7:45 am at the Luskin Conference Center.

Submit a video here: https://www.tribute.co/cindy-kratzer/

Interested in attending the breakfast and/or 5K walk? Click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLzxsE5JAxc66ci1LGNJu9gCLuaJ_MROV1mYC7-tXrG_2fWg/viewform?usp=send_form


Have you registered for our ELP 5K Walk for Scholarships yet?

When: August 28th, 2022
☕️Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
☕️Location: Luskin Conference Center
👟Walk: 10 am - 12 pm (registration starts at 9:30 am)
👟Location: UCLA Drake Stadium

If not, click the link below to register today: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLzxsE5JAxc66ci1LGNJu9gCLuaJ_MROV1mYC7-tXrG_2fWg/viewform

ELP-ers, we want to see as many of you there as possible! Tag your cohort friends you want to go with in the comments👇


ELP invites YOU to join us on Sunday, August 28, 2022 for our 30th Anniversary Breakfast celebrating ELP’s Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Cindy Kratzer, and a 5K Walk for Scholarships!

Please use the links below to access the…

1) Registration Form:

2) Tribute Page for Cindy Kratzer:

Please send any inquiries to [email protected].

We hope to see you there!


Introducing… Cohort 30!

Last week, our incoming cohort embarked on their first ELP Milestone, the Introductory Reception! It was such a pleasure to meet our new students, and we cannot wait to see them grow over the next 3 years. We are so excited to welcome this group of passionate change makers and social justice leaders to the ELP Family!

Cheers to Cohort 30! Now, let the journey begin…

Video Credit: ELP Social Media Content Interns

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 06/16/2022

This past weekend, we got to see our incredible ELP graduates walk, beginning the next chapter of their Doctor of Education journey💙💛

To the ELP Graduates of Cohorts 25, 26, and 27… Congratulations! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments, and we cannot wait to continue to watch you thrive as change makers and educational trailblazers.

📸: Alejandro via snappr app, Stanley Harris, Cass Gonzalez


Have you marked your calendars for August 28, 2022 yet?

We’re celebrating...
• ELP's 30th Anniversary - ELP Alumni, Currents, and Professors!!
• Professor Cindy Kratzer - UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2020
• Current Cohorts - 5K Walking for ELP Scholarships!



ELP graduation is around the corner! Make sure you have our updated ceremony information marked in your calendars. Join us at UCLA’s Wilson Plaza at 1:30 pm to celebrate our C25 and C26 grads and at 5:00 pm to celebrate our C27 grads.

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 05/13/2022

Team work makes the dream work 🙌

to Cohort 25 taking on the UCLA Challenge Course. Just like during this challenge, throughout the course of ELP, our students learn the valuable communication, problem-solving, and collaborative skills needed to become exceptional educational leaders.



On the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week, ELP extends a huge THANK YOU to all of our incredible faculty! We are endlessly grateful for your hard work, dedication, and care in crafting resilient and dynamic educational leaders. The impact you have on our students is immense, and we hope you know we appreciate all that you do, year round.

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 04/22/2022

Last night, Cohort 27 had their last in-person class ever! We are so grateful to have seen each of them grow into incredible educational leaders over the years, ready to make a difference in the educational community. Cohort 27, we wish you the best of luck on finishing your dissertations, and see you at graduation!


Drum roll please, the winner of the ELP Cohort Competition, with a whopping 90% cohort participation, is… COHORT 7 🎉 Congratulations!

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated! With your help we were able to exceed our goal of $50,000, raising $50,820 to date. ELP is so grateful for your continued participation and support, and for the impact it echoes across the educational leadership community.

Debra Duardo ’94, M.S.W. ’96, ED.D. ’13 - UCLA Alumni 04/18/2022

Debra Duardo ’94, M.S.W. ’96, ED.D. ’13 - UCLA Alumni

Please join us in congratulating ELP Alumna Debra Duardo for receiving the 2022 UCLA Award for Public Service 👏

For more than 20 years, Duardo has worked on advocating for and supporting students in Los Angeles. Currently she “serves as L.A. County Superintendent of Schools where she is a courageous advocate for systemic innovations to build equity and student success.”

Read more with the link below:

Debra Duardo ’94, M.S.W. ’96, ED.D. ’13 - UCLA Alumni Debra Duardo ’94, M.S.W. ’96, ED.D. ’13, is the recipient of the 2022 UCLA Award for Public Service. With more than 20 years of experience championing the students of Los Angeles, she currently serves as L.A. County Superintendent of Schools where she is a courageous advocate for systemic inno...

UCLA Department of Education Ranked First Among Public Colleges and Universities in U.S. News and World Rankings of Graduate Programs 03/29/2022

UCLA Department of Education Ranked First Among Public Colleges and Universities in U.S. News and World Rankings of Graduate Programs

ELP is proud to be a part of the Department of Education at UCLA School of Education & Information Studies, the #1 ranked public graduate education program according to U.S. News and World Report 👏

Read the announcement here:

UCLA Department of Education Ranked First Among Public Colleges and Universities in U.S. News and World Rankings of Graduate Programs Education Department is third among all colleges and universities


Calling all ELP alumni and current students… we’re inviting YOU to the UCLA Men's Volleyball vs USC Men’s Volleyball game this Saturday at 5pm in Pauley Pavillion 🏐

*Tickets are limited*
If you are interested, please RSVP by emailing [email protected].


WALK, don’t run, to your calendars… we’ve got a date to remember 👟

Please join us on August 28th, 2022 to celebrate 30 years of ELP with a 5K walk! Stay tuned, more information coming soon.


ELP's Cohort Competition February results are in! There’s just ONE more month to meet the challenge of raising 50K for scholarship. To date, YOU helped to raise $43,807! Can we make that $50,000?

The deadline for donations is Thursday, March 31, 2022!!!

To donate online, click the link below: https://giving.ucla.edu/Campaign/Donate.aspx?SiteNum=2378

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 03/10/2022

Congratulations to Cohort 28’s MaryJo Madda for competing at the 2022 UCLA Grad Slam Finals today! Her research presentation ‘Education – The Science Behind Bad PowerPoints: Why No One Remembers What You Said’ won 3rd place overall 👏 We are always so proud to see ELP students and alumni succeed!


🗓 Mark your calendars 🗓

Get excited, ELP’s Commencement Ceremony details are out! Please join us on June 11th to celebrate 3 years of graduates, class of ‘20, ‘21, and ‘22.

Tag a grad in the comments 🎓

Timeline photos 02/17/2022

Timeline photos

Center X strives to make schools more just, equitable, and humane spaces of teaching and learning. Thank you to the many inspiring social justice educators that practice this work daily. We are honored to share some of their stories in Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators, which is available on Amazon and Harvard Education Press!

This week we are highlighting Lynn Kim-John, Director of UCLA Educational Leadership Program (UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)). In the chapter titled “Equity-Oriented Science Professional Development,” she writes, “Our partnership work has never been more important than it is now in infusing social justice science teaching into our schools and communities and building toward a more socially just society” (p. 124).


Divine 29 is back and better than ever for their 1st in-person class of the year! What an awesome in-person community we had today with 100% attendance. We can’t wait to share more days like this with our ELP family 💙💛

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 02/11/2022

It’s time for another ELP Cohort Competition Update! Thanks to YOU, we have been able to raise $35,652 in donations so far 👏

Keep up the good work because during February and March DOUBLE points will be given to cohorts for donations! Will your cohort rise to the top?

Give today:

Photos from UCLA Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.)'s post 01/14/2022

With your generous help, we have raised $33,984 in donations so far! We are so grateful for our ELP family and the incredible support that surrounds it.

Wondering which cohort’s at the top of the leaderboard to win a reunion luncheon?? Scroll to find out ➡️

If you haven’t already, please consider giving back to ELP and its incredible group of educational and social justice leaders.

ELP Giving Page here:


ELP recognizes the 12 UCLA scholars--11 of which are UCLA School of Education & Information Studies education faculty--recognized as 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published in Education Week 👏 We congratulate these scholars on this well-deserved accolade. Thank you for your continued commitment and contribution to the ELP.






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