Instructional Leadership in Action

Improving practice, inspiring growth

by UWCEL Jul 21, 2017

Close to 150 educators from across the country came together for the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership’s annual institute for school and district leaders. The Summer Leadership Institute focused on helping principals, superintendents and other central office leaders improve their instructional leadership practice and learn new ways to inspire growth in others, while offering new ideas and insights for transforming traditional professional learning with the ultimate goal of providing equity for all students.

Read about one of the district success stories on the UW College of Education website. 

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A look inside Central Louisiana's successful school leadership development model

by UWCEL Jun 19, 2017

Twenty-two Central Louisiana educators are fully prepared for instructional leadership positions after completing a three-year training that is designed to ultimately impact student achievement. Aspiring Leaders is a leadership institute administered by The Orchard Foundation and funded under The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative. The Aspiring Leaders curriculum was developed specifically for Central Louisiana by the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership.

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AASA launches the National Principal Supervisor Academy

by UWCEL Jun 6, 2017

AASA, the school superintendents association, has partnered with the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership to bring CEL's Principal Supervisor Professional Development Program to all central office leaders who support principals' instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility.

The content for this academy will be based upon the Council of Chief State School Officers Principal Supervisor Standards, the latest research on adult learning and leadership development, as well as promising practice from districts across the country. The academy participants will work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, and utilize virtual professional learning communities and virtual individual coaching.

The program will be limited to 50 participants. Application deadline is August 15, 2017.

Learn more about the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy.
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We're featuring school district success stories at the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

by Sheeba Jacob May 31, 2017

In addition to the Summer Leadership Institute's keynote presenters, we have lined up a dynamic trio of speakers who will share success stories from their school districts. Chuck Ransom, Stacy Thomas and Sharon Griffin are instructional leaders who inspire us, and we think each will inspire you with stories of how their districts solved challenging problems we can all relate to.

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End-of-school sale on CEL's classroom instruction DVDs

by UWCEL May 23, 2017

Practice observing, analyzing and discussing teaching with CEL's classroom instruction DVDs

Center for Educational Leadership videos take educators into real classrooms to observe and analyze the complex practice of teaching. These videos are designed to help school districts facilitate the development of a common language and vision around high-quality classroom instruction using their instructional framework as the lens. Each video is accompanied by a set of guiding questions, based on CEL’s 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ instructional framework, which can be used to facilitate individual and group learning. Purchase CEL classroom instruction DVDs while supplies last.

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New training helps districts move to version 3 of the 5D+™ Rubric

by Patty Maxfield Apr 26, 2017

Beginning with the 2017 school year, the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requires that all Washington districts currently using the 5D+ Rubric transition to version 3 of the rubric: the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation.

The Center for Educational Leadership's (CEL) 5D+ Rubric Transition Training helps principals, central office leaders and teachers recalibrate their understanding of the teaching and learning practices described by each indicator, transitioning from version 2 to version 3 of the 5D+ Rubric.

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What we are reading this spring

by UWCEL Mar 30, 2017

Spring break is upon us. For some that means a final chance to enjoy the lingering holdovers of winter, and others a chance to seek out the sun. For us its an opportunity to take in the annual magic of cherry blossoms on the University of Washington campus. It's also a great time to catch up on reading!

Here is a list of three books that our CEL faculty think might inspire you as you head into the final leg of the school year:

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Superintendent Tammy Campbell on equity, recognizing success, and how buy-in is like an accordion

by Sheeba Jacob Mar 15, 2017


A CEL Summer Leadership Institute 2017 keynote presenter profile

Since 2015, Tammy Campbell has served as superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools, a diverse district of 39 schools and 23,000 students in Washington state. As an inspiring, second-year superintendent with 20 years of experience in education, Campbell will deliver the opening keynote presentation at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute 2017, held July 18-20. CEL’s Sheeba Jacob had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Campbell recently.

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Introducing our keynote speakers for the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

by Sheeba Jacob Mar 1, 2017

Wondering how to engage your system in instructional improvement? Our acclaimed keynote presenters and thought leaders will inspire your thinking about where to begin and what to focus on to improve student achievement.

Don't miss a perfect opportunity to bring your team together for three days of learning, collaboration and planning that will set your course for 2017-2018 and beyond. Seats are filling up quickly. Register before March 31 to save $110 per person.

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How Kelso School District improved graduation rates with equity

by Mary Beth Tack Feb 14, 2017

Over the past few years, I have noticed something in the principals I work with. As their work has gotten more complex and intense, the question of “Why am I doing this work?“ starts to come up more often.

So, at the end of the last school year, I asked each principal to interview a student they regarded as a main reason as to why they came to work every day and entered the profession. The video clips we got back were inspiring. One principal filmed a student whose family came from Mexico, struggled with English in middle school and became an amazing leader. Another talked to a high-achieving student who was touched to tears to be one of the principal’s main motivations for their work.

As the director of teaching and learning, I had to ask myself: What story do I have to tell? What’s my “why”?

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