Leaders Associates

Purpose & Participants

The purpose of Leaders Associates is to encourage dialogue among leaders of the five BYU––Public School Partnership districts and administrators at BYU, including the McKay School of Education and the departments and colleges of arts and sciences.

Participants include superintendents and staff from the participating school districts, representatives from the Utah State Office of Education, deans and other administrators from the university units that prepare teachers, and personnel from CITES.


Leaders Associates meets twice a year for two days in a "retreat" setting, typically during fall and mid-winter. Participants usually prepare by reading assigned book chapters and articles. Meetings include presentations by participants, lectures and activities led by national presenters, small group discussions, and a few full-group discussions and activities.

Themes for past discussions have included school access for the local Hispanic population, poverty and its effects on schools, the arts in public education, professional learning communities, and assessment of student learning.

Find summaries and agendas here.