On behalf of our team at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, I am writing to wish a happy and peaceful new year to all of CEL’s partners, peers and supporters. I write this year with hope and optimism for what the coming decade will hold for students, educators and school communities nationally. For our team, the past year was an exciting one in which we released a new vision and mission, deepened our partnership with school systems across the country and engaged in development work that will produce new and revised frameworks in the coming months.
In preparation for this new 2019-2020 school year, University of Washington Center for Educational Leader (CEL) experts kept up with their summer reading and shared six educational book recommendations. With a focus on equity, courageous leadership and student-centered learning, these books should be on your reading list as you enter the school year.
Let us know your favorite educational reads on Twitter @UWCEL.
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.
On June 30, 2018, Dr. Stephen Fink, executive director of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL), transitions leadership of the Center to Max Silverman, currently the organization’s deputy director. In this interview, Dr. Fink reflects on the past 17 years and the continuing mission of teachers and leaders everywhere to eliminate the achievement gap.
Spring break is upon us. For some that means a final chance to enjoy the lingering holdovers of winter, and others a chance to seek out the sun. For us its an opportunity to take in the annual magic of cherry blossoms on the University of Washington campus. It's also a great time to catch up on reading!
Here is a list of three books that our CEL faculty think might inspire you as you head into the final leg of the school year:
It's the time of the year when we are still in summer break mode but coming to grips with the idea of school starting back up soon. And while some of us might still have a beach read on the nightstand, it's a good time to dive back into important education topics like equity, teaching, learning and workload management.
Here is a list of four books that inspired our CEL experts and might inspire you as you get ready for a new school year:
You might have noticed that that there is an election going on. So far, it has been surprising, convention-defying, outrageous, at times downright mean — but above all, it has been a spectacle full of dubious declarations and light on real world compatible policy proposals.
I’m a lifelong political observer and I think I have a good grasp of the state of education in this country.
After hearing so many patently false statements on the campaign trail, I wonder if we, as citizens, are able to evaluate the credibility of claims so that we can make an informed decision at the ballot box. And, do we even care to?
When the scathing opinion pieces started rolling in, and the angry protest signs went up, Common Core, at first, couldn’t understand the fuss. Why should kids not achieve at higher levels? And who could deny the fact that the previous system of 50 different standards for what students should learn in school left many kids behind and put the United States on rank 35 (out of 57) in mathematics in the 2006 PISA tests?
Used to being an applause line in speeches, Common Core now found itself at the end of angry complaints and partisan sniping. Something had changed — and the life of Common Core was never going to be the same again.
In 2016 the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) celebrates another milestone — our 15th anniversary. Founded in 2001 as a nonprofit service arm of the University of Washington College of Education, we continue to be dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap that divides our nation’s children along the lines of race, class, language and disability.
To mark the occasion and take a moment to look back, we worked with graphic artist (and teacher) Taryl Hansen to create a visual overview of CEL's last 15 years (see image above).
As we gather the files and clean up the hard drive for 2015, we like to take a moment and look back on what topics we tackled on this blog and what our readers found most interesting and valuable for their practice.
One of our top priorities at the Center for Educational Leadership is to help district leaders, principals and teachers improve instruction in every classroom. Drawn from our experiences in the field, we hope these posts (along with our tools and services) give educators the knowledge and motivation to grow their practice and help all students succeed.
So, without further ado, here are our top five most popular blog posts for 2015 (click on each title to view the post):