The Middle Level Leadership Center (MLLC)

The Middle Level Leadership Center (MLLC) is a service of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) and the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Staffed by a Director, Professor Jerry Valentine, and Ph.D. graduate assistants specializing in middle level leadership, the mission of the Center is to develop and disseminate current knowledge about best practices in school leadership and support school improvement initiatives at the middle school, junior high school, and intermediate school levels.

The Center contracts with professional organizations and individual schools throughout Missouri and the nation. The centerpiece of MLLC's school improvement work is Project ASSIST (Achieving Success through School Improvement Site Teams). An array of school improvement instruments, including surveys of school culture, school climate, principal leadership, team leadership, empowerment, instructional practices, and student perceptions of school programs, are available through the Center. Training in the use of the Instructional Practices Inventory, a process for establishing a school-wide profile of instruction, is also available.