Instructional Leadership in Action

Introducing the Leadership Guide for K-12 Teacher Professional Learning

by Joanna Michelson on Mar 4, 2019

Making-the-case-cover-324pxAs we at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership continue to visit classrooms this year and celebrate the  gains we are seeing, we encourage educators to also celebrate and then think about their next steps for improving outcomes for students. 

In this spirit, we are pleased to announce a new resource we have developed, the Leadership Guide for K-12 Teacher Professional Learning.

We know that our field's traditional investments in teacher professional development have not consistently yielded results for students. Creating  transformative schools and classrooms where all students develop agency and efficacy requires a new approach to how teachers help them learn and engage.

The Leadership Guide for K-12 Teacher Professional Learning is for leaders in classrooms, schools and school systems who want coherent, authentic, sustainable, and effective teacher learning aimed at improving outcomes for students.

This multipart guide provides practical guidance for leaders, whether they are making the case for transforming teacher learning in their setting, implementing a sustainable approach, or seeking support for scaling and extending effective practices.

Initial resources in the guide include:

  • A teacher professional learning insights survey.
  • Guidance on making the case for transforming teacher professional learning.
  • Guidance on how to structure ongoing, sustainable and effective professional learning. (Coming soon)
  • A partnership prospectus describing how CEL can support your teacher learning efforts. (Coming soon)

View all available resources in the Leadership Guide for Teacher Professional Learning.

Topics: Teacher Professional Learning

About the author: Joanna Michelson

Dr. Joanna Michelson is the director of teacher leadership and learning at the Center for Educational Leadership. She leads CEL's teacher professional learning line of services. She also provides direct support to lead teachers, coaches and school and district leaders in designing and setting conditions for teacher learning that lead to enriched learning experiences for all students. Prior to work at CEL, Dr. Michelson worked as a middle school language arts teacher, secondary literacy coach and as a consultant for CEL. She holds a doctoral degree from the College of Education at the University of Washington with a focus on coach learning from practice. Dr. Michelson is the co-author of "Leading for Professional Learning: What Successful Principals Do To Support Teaching Practice."

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