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Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal

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The Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal, endowed by Harold S. Hook in 2004, is an initiative of the University of Missouri College of Education focused on leadership, management, governance, and policy. Drawing on the immense pool of talented researchers and practitioners affiliated with the college, as well as our associated partners, the Hook Center translates research and experience into best practices that help educators more effectively manage and operate schools.

The Hook Center’s focus areas are institutions, policy, and leaders:

  • Institutions – improving the system of education and the strategies for leading and managing individual schools, districts, or colleges.
  • Policy – improving public policies related to innovative and effective school governance.
  • Leaders – talent development of principals, superintendents, board members, and other educational leaders.

The Hook Center is driven by the belief there are already myriad “solutions” and “interventions” in the educational leadership market space – many of them supported by research. However, educational systems are often ill-equipped to implement even proven ideas, much less develop promising new ones.

Inspired by Hook, who created a system of key concepts as a tool for communicating his immense management knowledge, the Hook Center is likewise focused on capturing the best knowledge related to school management and translating these models into actionable methods to help continuously improve schools.

Current initiatives of the center include:

Learn more about this conference series for educators, which focuses on best practices in educational systems.

This new and exciting network provides leaders with Baldrige in Education resources for Missouri school districts.

Educational Policy Collaborative – a joint initiative of the MU College of Education and the MU Truman School of Public Affairs to connect multidisciplinary researchers, data, and practitioners around education policy and its outcomes.

Model-Netics Training – a customized comprehensive management solution for school districts to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. 

Education for Missouri’s Third Century – a developing project to reimagine and renew the state’s system of education as Missouri enters its third century in 2021.

Incubating Innovation in Urban Schools – an initiative primarily, but not exclusively focused on Missouri’s charter schools as research and development labs for education management.

Contact Us

Hook Center
College of Education
University of Missouri
302 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone (573) 884-1850