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As an educator, an administrator, and a researcher, Cheryl King, PhD, has dedicated her career to providing students—especially those from low-income families—with access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.

King directs several national projects that are working to improve outcomes for students in chronically underperforming schools. She currently leads a national effort to improve urban school principal preparation and training programs through evidence-based program self-assessment and redesign. She also leads a national professional learning community of 36 principal preparation program providers and principals from across the country who are engaged in program redesign as part of The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative.

Additionally, King supports education reform efforts in some of the largest urban school districts in the United States, including New York City Board of Education, Broward County Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, and Fort Worth Intermediate School District. Before joining EDC, she was chief academic officer for Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island and deputy superintendent for teaching and learning in two urban school districts in Michigan.

King received her BA from Aquinas College and her MA and PhD from Michigan State University. She is a graduate fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, a Featherstone Scholar, and a graduate of Education Policy Fellowship Program and Leadership Michigan.


University Principal Preparation Initiative
Graduate Principal Professional Learning Community

Speaking Highlights

Assessing, Scaling, and Sustaining Effective Principal Preparation Practices

Poster presentation, Carnegie Summit
San Francisco, CA

Researching the Influence of School Leaders on Student Outcomes

Presentation, IES School Leadership Technical Working Group
Washington, D.C.
August 2015

Quality Measures for Assessing Principal Preparation Programs

Presentation, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Webinar Series
January 2014

From Partnerships to Professional Learning Communities

Presentation, UCEA National Leadership Webinar Series
February 2014

Professional Learning Communities

Panel presentation, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Conference
Indianapolis, IN
November 2013

Building Capacity to Scale: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

Panel presentation, AERA
San Francisco, CA

The Role of Education Leadership for School Turnaround

Briefing, U.S. Department of Education by The Wallace Foundation
May 2012



More Principals Learn the Job in Real Schools
Education Week
, December 4, 2012

Selected Publications

King, C. (2016). Quality measures for assessing principal preparation program quality (9th ed.) New York, NY: The Wallace Foundation.

King, C. (2014). Partnership effectiveness continuum. New York, NY: The Wallace Foundation.

Orr, M. T., King, C., & LaPointe, M. (2010). Districts developing leaders: Lessons on consumer actions and program approaches from eight urban districts. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Selected Resources


This informational brochure describes the Quality Measures process, tools, and protocols designed to guide and support the collaborative self-study of principal preparation programs by states, school districts, and their training providers.