Center on System Leadership

Developed by Leaders

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The NISL program was launched after a multi-year research effort over 15 years ago, and has been regularly updated with the latest research to keep both its content and delivery at the cutting edge. Leading practitioners, researchers and thought leaders have contributed to what remains the most powerful and widespread leadership program in the country. From its inception to the NISL program of today, these contributors have included:

Education Theory and Practice

Tom Sobol, Professor of Education and Director of the Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University; Former Deputy Chancellor of New York City schools

Barry McGaw, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia; Former Director for Education at the OECD in Paris; Former Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Sam Stringfield, Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Cincinnati; Former Director, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University

Peter Hill, Education Director, Nord Anglia Education; Former and Founding Chief Executive of the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA); Former Secretary General of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, Former Head of the Victoria Department of School Education, Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne


Lucy Calkins, Robinson Professor in Children’s Literature, Director of the Literacy Specialist Program, and Founding Director of the Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University

Gay Su Pinnell, Professor Emerita in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University

Sally Hampton, Senior Fellow, Pearson School Achievement Services National College; Former Chair of the ELA College and Career Readiness Standards Work Group under the Common Core Standards Committee; Former Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Former Senior Noyce Foundation Fellow and Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Catherine Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Barbara Foorman, Eppes Professor of Education and Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast, Florida State University; Former Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Academic and Reading Skills at the University of Texas, Houston, Health Science Center


Li Ping Ma, Former Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in New York

Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, Pearson School Achievement Services National College; Former Executive Director, California Institutes for Teacher Professional Development, University of California; Chair of the Common Core mathematics standards work group and member of the author team for Common Core State Standards, Mathematics

Business and Organizational Leadership

Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning

Lester Thurow, Professor of Management and Economics, and Former Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marie Eiter, Senior Director of Executive Education, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Tom Moorman, Executive Advisor and Former Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; USAF, General (Ret.), Former Commander, Space Command

John Fryer, USAF, Major General (Ret.), Former Commandant, The National War College; Former Superintendent of Schools, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL

Terry L. Deibel, Former Professor of foreign affairs strategy at the National War College, author of “Foreign Affairs Strategy: Logic for American Statecraft” (2007), which elaborated what became known as the “Deibel Model,” of developing diplomatic strategies

Captain George E. Thibault, Former Professor emeritus National War College, Chairman of Military Strategy Department at the National War College and Associate Director of the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College; Director of Business Strategy and War Gaming and Director of the Senior Leadership Development Program, Booz-Allen Hamilton


Andrew S. C. Chen, President, EduTron Corporation; Former Principal Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Member of the Common Core Standards Development Team in mathematics

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