Instructional Leadership in Action

Principals: Our advice and resources for establishing instructional leadership teams

by Sandy Austin Jan 12, 2018

It’s a new year and you have made a resolution to create plans and work with teachers to improve teaching and learning. That excitement quickly turns to focused determination as you remember all of your other responsibilities as a school principal. You ask yourself, “How can I get into classrooms more and plan supports for teachers?”   

One idea you have is to form an instructional leadership team (ILT) of teacher leaders to identify teaching and learning challenges in your building and support teachers to solve these challenges. You imagine that leading a team in this sort of work will build their instructional leadership skills and expand your capacity to provide the kind of support that your teachers and students need and deserve.

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CEL's most-read blog post in 2017

by UWCEL Jan 4, 2018

CEL's timeless article, "How to help teachers find an area of focus," topped the most-read list in 2017.  

Helping teachers determine the right instructional practice goals, linked to student learning, is often a top priority for school leaders. How can school and district leaders support teachers in creating goals that will positively influence their practices?

In the blog post, CEL Project Director Joanna Michelson takes you step by step through a process that helps identify an area of focus aligned to student and teacher growth and promotes meaningful goal setting. Read again or for the first time, How to help teachers find an area of focus. And consider attending a Creating Focused Goals Institute where CEL experts will lead you through the process from start to finish.

 

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CEL Executive Director Stephen Fink announces his farewell

by Stephen Fink Jan 2, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

With 2017 drawn to a close, I hope you can pause for a moment and celebrate a year filled with inspiration, growth and success in your practice.

The New Year brings a time of transition here at the Center for Educational Leadership. I will be officially stepping down from my role as executive director on June 30, 2018. After 17 years at the helm of CEL, it’s time for me to pursue some other life adventures. It’s been a deeply rewarding journey, and I have been blessed to have worked with so many incredibly smart, dedicated and passionate educators along the way.

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Save the date for the Summer Leadership Institute in Seattle, July 10-11, 2018

by UWCEL Dec 7, 2017

How do great school leaders improve teaching and student learning? They create powerful professional learning cultures and implement effective learning plans with their teachers.

This summer, join experts from the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership for two days in Seattle that will forever improve your approach to teacher professional learning. CEL's Summer Leadership Institute 2018: Leading for Effective Teacher Learning is the perfect kickoff to your school or district's professional learning planning for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

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Registration has opened for our February and April 2018 lineup of CEL Leadership Institutes

by UWCEL Nov 1, 2017

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is offering its most popular leadership institutes on multiple dates in February and April of 2018. Choose the institutes and dates that fit your professional development needs and schedule. All institutes will be held in Seattle. Take advantage of a special early-registration rate through November 30.

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Teacher evaluation study shows need for continuous professional development

by Patty Maxfield Oct 23, 2017

A recent study on the implementation of revised teacher evaluation systems reveals implications for education policymakers across the country. It describes characteristics of evaluation systems that focus on growing instructional practice.

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Announcing our 2017-2018 lineup of CEL Leadership Institutes

by UWCEL Aug 21, 2017

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is offering its most popular leadership institutes on multiple dates throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Choose the institutes and dates that fit your professional development needs and schedule. All institutes will be held in Seattle.

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Recorded webinar: Transitioning from Version 2 to Version 3 of the 5D+™ Rubric

by UWCEL Aug 4, 2017

Over the last five years, school districts across the country have used the Center for Educational Leadership’s (CEL) 5D+ Rubric to build evaluation systems that help teachers grow and improve instruction.

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Inspiring growth — Academy gives Florida's educational leaders a safe and supportive learning space

by UWCEL Jul 26, 2017

What does it mean for a school system to cultivate or build instructional leadership at scale? In the June 2017 issue of Learning Forward's journal, The Learning Professional, CEL's Stephen Fink and Anneke Markholt describe a research-based curriculum that is setting a new standard for school leadership professional development.

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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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