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Center for Leadership in Education and Health

The Center for Leadership in Education and Health focuses on five related areas: 
leadership diverse society

  • shared leadership 
  • collaborative interagency practice
  • professional development
  • translational research
  • scholarship 


Fundamental to the success of education and health organizations today is developing and sustaining competent leaders who can operate in and navigate complex environments. The Center connects individuals from diverse professional disciplines to participate in dynamic professional leadership development and translational research opportunities. 

With a particular focus on solving important public problems through shared leadership and collaborative interagency practice, the work of the Center spans a variety of organizational settings, including Pre-K-20 schools and health and human services organizations.

Initiatives include:

  • Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: This national initiative focuses on high quality leadership at all levels of the early intervention/early childhood special education service systems. Assistant Professor Diana LaRocco leads this initiative.

                 National Early Childhood Special Education Summit Report 
                 Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Position Statement

  • Policy Leadership and Advocacy - A series of multi-stakeholder forums focused on public health or education policies posing barriers to traditionally underserved populations.
  • Parent Inquiry – a collaboration with five Connecticut communities to study the role of parent leadership in early childhood success.
  • Training Partnership with Rwandan TeachersLed by Joe Olzacki, director of the Rwandan teacher education program, ENHP faculty and area educators have engaged Rwandan teachers in a strong program of training courses and events designed to broaden their knowledge and skills. They, in turn, share their learning with their colleagues as leaders within the Rwandan schools. The University team is conducting month-long trainings bi-annually in Rwanda with the goal of educating a large percentage of Rwandan teachers over the next 10 years.


For more information on the Center for Leadership in Education and Health, contact Diana LaRocco, Assistant Professor, Department of Education at 860.768.5807 or itr@hartford.edu.