Instructional Leadership in Action

Max Silverman named executive director of UW Center for Educational Leadership

by UWCEL on Jun 28, 2018

Max Silverman: Our greatest opportunity sits in the realm of helping school districts, regional intermediaries, and state departments of education design leadership systems that ensure both a high quality of current leadership as well as pipelines of future leaders.

Max Silverman, a nationally recognized leader with expertise in improving instructional leadership systems focused on equitable outcomes for students, has been named executive director of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership.

Silverman, who assumes his duties on July 1, 2018, has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career including school principal, central office leader, and most recently as deputy director of the Center for Educational Leadership.

During his 25 years in education, he has led national projects to implement new systems to measure and improve leadership effectiveness, and he has worked closely with individual school districts to improve leadership support systems at scale. Over his time at CEL, Max led the development of CEL’s central office redesign programs and services. These efforts helped CEL develop a reputation as a leader in rethinking the role of school system central offices in supporting the work of schools.

His work has been supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and others. He continually seeks opportunities to build and share his expertise both locally and across the country, including serving as the vice-chair for the Rainier Prep Public Charter School board in Seattle, and collaborating in the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum, a program of Envision Learning Partners based in California. Max has presented findings from his work through publications and conferences hosted by organizations such as AASA, ASCD, the Council of the Great City Schools, and Learning Forward.

“Max exemplifies the bold thinking and action needed to ensure that every child receives the best educational opportunities. His nine years’ experience as a leader at the Center for Educational Leadership provides assurance that under his leadership the University of Washington will continue to work side by side with educators across the state and beyond to improve educational outcomes for all students,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan.

In a Q&A, Silverman discussed his excitement and vision for the future of the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL).

Read the Q&A on the UW College of Education website


Topics: Instructional Leadership, Educational Leadership

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At the Center for Educational Leadership we are dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap that continues to divide our nation’s children along the lines of race, class, language and disability. Our faculty, staff and consultants come from research institutes, state education offices, school and district administration offices and K-12 and college classrooms.

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