» The Coalition of Inclusive School Leaders (CISL) Initiative


The Coalition of Inclusive School Leaders focuses on increasing knowledge, skills, and abilities in equity, access, and inclusion for students with disabilities; with an intentional focus on intersectional identities such as students with disabilities who are Black and Latinx, English Language Learners, and experiencing poverty.


Target Audience

PK-12 Administrators, Principals, District Leaders, Leadership Faculty, Individuals interested or enrolled in administrator preparation programs.



Grounded in Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and CEEDAR Center’s, Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Student with Disabilities, leaders will:


  • Learn concrete strategies for implementing inclusive practices for students with disabilities
  • Join a coalition of leaders focused on advancing equity and justice
  • Connect with local and national experts advancing social justice for all students
  • Help shape the future of administrative services expectations
  • Build skills and knowledge to blend inclusive practices, and MTSS practices that are aligned with the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL)
  • Develop innovative systems change approaches focused on equity and access for all students


Coalition Opportunities

  • Attend Leadership Institute aligned with CA- MTSS Professional Learning Institute conference (held each Summer)
  • Collaborate and connect with leaders across the state

  • Actively participate in Networked Improvement Community (NIC) for Inclusive Leadership
  • Engage in professional learning opportunities

CISL Informational Flyer


Join TPI's CISL at the CA MTSS Professional Learning Institute July 16-18, 2024. We will have a 7 session CISL strand including our pre-conference session featuring Andratesha Fitzgerald. For additional details and registration visit the CA MTSS PLI website here: 

Click here to visit the CA MTSS PLI Website

 2024 CA MTSS Professional Learning Institute Conference


To learn more about the Coalition of Inclusive School Leaders, please contact karadams@chapman.edu.


CISL Development Team

photo of Kari Adams, M.A.

Kari Adams, M.A.

Inclusive Leadership Center Director
Thompson Policy Institute on Disability
Kari Adams has worked in the education field since 2006. She has worked in various educational roles as a special education teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), and as special education administrator for nine years. For the past 13 years, Kari has worked at Newport-Mesa Unified School District, leading district-wide efforts focused on inclusion, literacy, and building the capacity of teachers and leaders focused on improving the educational outcomes for students with disabilities. She is currently the President-Elect of the Association of School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17. Kari also teaches part-time in the teacher education program at the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.
photo of Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

TPI Executive Director and Professor
Thompson Policy Institute on Disability
photo of Audri  Sandoval Gomez, Ph.D.

Audri M. Sandoval Gomez, Ph.D.

TPI Director
Thompson Policy Institute on Disability