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Apply by June 30, 2019 for the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

by UWCEL Apr 1, 2019

For the 2019-2020 school year, AASA, the school superintendents association, has again 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 the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy is 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 practices from districts across the country. Academy participants work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, and utilize virtual professional learning communities and virtual individual coaching.

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Hope to see you at AASA's 2019 National Conference on Education

by UWCEL Feb 4, 2019

The Center for Educational Leadership's executive director, Max Silverman, will take part in two panel discussions at the AASA 2019 National Conference on Education in Los Angeles. Silverman will engage in a facilitated dialogue about leadership strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing success for all students, in a panel titled, "The Missing Link: Accountability With Staff Support." Then he will participate in a discussion on how to strengthen your principal workforce and improve their competencies as they become instructional leaders in a Thought Leader panel titled, "Great Principals Have Great Leaders."

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What successful principals do to support teaching practice [Podcast interview]

by UWCEL Nov 28, 2018

In a new podcast episode from Principal Center Radio, Justin Baeder interviews the Center for Educational Leadership's Anneke Markholt and Joanna Michelson about their new book, Leading for Professional Learning: What Successful Principals Do To Support Teaching Practice.

How do you improve the quality of learning opportunities for all students, particularly those students who have historically been marginalized? That is the central question galvanizing a vision around teaching practice and leadership practice.

Markholt and Michelson talk about what it takes to be a principal who strives to keep students at the center of teacher professional learning efforts. The discussion touches on how to land on very specific outcomes for teacher practice and student learning; the leader's role in assessing what is happening with instruction in a school; and building a leadership team of teachers. They make the case that professional learning is not an event; at its best, professional learning is an ongoing part of how people operate in their school.

Listen to the interview at Principal Center Radio.

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We hope to see you at the Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference

by UWCEL Nov 26, 2018

Faculty from the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership will lead three sessions at the Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas. These sessions are ideal for anyone involved with designing or leading professional learning.

The Principal's Role in Leading Professional Learning
Monday, December 3rd, 2018, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Joanna Michelson, co-author of the new book, Leading for Professional Learning: What successful principals do to support teaching practice, will lead a breakout session titled, "The Principal's Role in Leading Professional Learning." How do principals play a pivotal role in supporting teacher learning in the spirit of reciprocal accountability? Learn about key frameworks and practical tools designed to guide leaders’ work in observation, determining the need, sponsoring and following up on teacher professional learning. Leave with an analysis of your existing professional learning leadership practice in relation to a middle school case study that identified how the school principal successfully supported teacher learning. Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents.

Who Is Your Learner? Supporting Leadership Through Inquiry
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 8:30 am to 10:30 am

CEL's Sandy Austin, and Sharon Williams, previously with CEL and now chief academic officer at Holmes County Consolidated School District in Mississippi, will lead a breakout session titled, "Who Is Your Learner? Supporting Leadership Through Inquiry." Learn how the school support and improvement department of a large urban school district aligned its support of principals through the development of guiding principles and pivotal instructional leadership practices. Learn about the professional learning path that is leading to sustainable changes in leadership practice. Develop a plan to establish guiding principles and pivotal instructional practices that guide the development and learning of leaders at all levels of the organization. Austin and Williams will be joined by Sito Narcisse, chief of schools of the 88,000-student Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), Adrienne Battle, community superintendent with MNPS, and Michelle Maultsby-Springer with MNPS. Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents.

Examining Teacher Learning Culture: Leadership Reflection and Planning
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Joanna Michelson and Jennifer McDermott will lead a breakout session titled, "Examining Teacher Learning Culture: Leadership Reflection and Planning." Research continues to highlight that formal teacher professional learning rarely reaches the classroom in ways that make an impact on student learning. Join this session to interact with the Center for Educational Leadership's latest thinking about leaders' roles in fostering both culture and strategy for successful teacher learning. Use tools to analyze the culture for teacher learning in your system and strategize about next steps to address it. Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders.

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New book: Leading for Professional Learning - What Successful Principals Do To Support Teaching Practice

by UWCEL Oct 3, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the release of a new book  from Anneke Markholt, Joanna Michelson and Stephen Fink of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership.

Leading for Professional Learning offers field-tested guidance to help school leaders more effectively support teachers’ professional development.

Leadership is crucial to professional learning, providing the necessary systems and structures that enable teachers to improve their own practice and in turn, improve student learning.

With an illustrative case study, this book provides invaluable guidance, packed with practical tools, processes, and expert advice.

Learn more, read a sample chapter, and download a free tool

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Max Silverman named executive director of UW Center for Educational Leadership

by UWCEL Jun 28, 2018

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.

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Hope to see you at our sessions at the AASA National Conference on Education

by UWCEL Feb 12, 2018

We have three great sessions on Thursday and Friday for superintendents and principal supervisors at the AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville. Check them out!

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Applications due April 13, 2018 for AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

by UWCEL Feb 9, 2018

For the 2018-2019 school year, AASA, the school superintendents association, has again 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 the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy is 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. Academy participants work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, and utilize virtual professional learning communities and virtual individual coaching.

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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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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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