Instructional Leadership in Action

Sharon Williams

Dr. Sharon Williams joined CEL in 2014 as a project director. Dr. Williams is an experienced educator with 14 years of experience as a teacher, principal and executive director of teaching and learning and professional development. She is committed to serving the students, families, teachers and leaders in urban school districts and is using her leadership skills, education and varied experiences to fulfill CEL’s mission of eliminating the achievement gap in our country’s schools.
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Power up your planning: A well-defined theory of action leads to systemwide change

by Sharon Williams Mar 19, 2018

Despite the overall strong performance of Oregon's West-Linn Wilsonville School District in 2011, everyone knew that the work of closing achievement gaps was not complete. For Superintendent Bill Rhoades and his leadership team, the path forward began with a theory of action.

In the February 2018 issue of Learning Forward's The Learning Professional, Sharon Williams and Karen Cloninger write about the power of a theory of action to help take the West-Linn Wilsonville School District from good to great. They describe how to develop a theory of action starting with the articulation of specific problems of student learning and the contributing problems of teaching, school leadership, and central office support.

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Photo courtesy of West-Linn Wilsonville School District

Used with permission of Learning Forward, www.learningforward.org. All rights reserved.

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How to Create a Results-Focused Learning Environment

by Sharon Williams Jan 19, 2016

Getting everybody in the school community to focus on results for students is hard — but it’s one of the most powerful ways for principals to improve instruction.

"One of the responsibilities of school leadership teams with the strongest correlation to improve student achievement is in the area of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning," Beth Wallen, principal of Panther Lake Elementary School in Kent, Wash., summarizes the need to look at results.

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