Instructional Leadership in Action

Principals: Our advice and resources for establishing instructional leadership teams

by Sandy Austin Jan 12, 2018

It’s a new year and you have made a resolution to create plans and work with teachers to improve teaching and learning. That excitement quickly turns to focused determination as you remember all of your other responsibilities as a school principal. You ask yourself, “How can I get into classrooms more and plan supports for teachers?”   

One idea you have is to form an instructional leadership team (ILT) of teacher leaders to identify teaching and learning challenges in your building and support teachers to solve these challenges. You imagine that leading a team in this sort of work will build their instructional leadership skills and expand your capacity to provide the kind of support that your teachers and students need and deserve.

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Registration has opened for our February lineup of CEL Leadership Institutes

by UWCEL Nov 1, 2017

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is offering its most popular leadership institutes in February of 2018. Choose the institutes that fit your professional development needs. All institutes will be held in Seattle. Registration ends January 29, 2018.

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Announcing our 2017-2018 lineup of CEL Leadership Institutes

by UWCEL Aug 21, 2017

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is offering its most popular leadership institutes on multiple dates throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Choose the institutes and dates that fit your professional development needs and schedule. All institutes will be held in Seattle.

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Inspiring growth — Academy gives Florida's educational leaders a safe and supportive learning space

by UWCEL Jul 26, 2017

What does it mean for a school system to cultivate or build instructional leadership at scale? In the June 2017 issue of Learning Forward's journal, The Learning Professional, CEL's Stephen Fink and Anneke Markholt describe a research-based curriculum that is setting a new standard for school leadership professional development.

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Improving practice, inspiring growth

by UWCEL Jul 21, 2017

Close to 150 educators from across the country came together for the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership’s annual institute for school and district leaders. The Summer Leadership Institute focused on helping principals, superintendents and other central office leaders improve their instructional leadership practice and learn new ways to inspire growth in others, while offering new ideas and insights for transforming traditional professional learning with the ultimate goal of providing equity for all students.

Read about one of the district success stories on the UW College of Education website. 

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We're featuring school district success stories at the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

by Sheeba Jacob May 31, 2017

In addition to the Summer Leadership Institute's keynote presenters, we have lined up a dynamic trio of speakers who will share success stories from their school districts. Chuck Ransom, Stacy Thomas and Sharon Griffin are instructional leaders who inspire us, and we think each will inspire you with stories of how their districts solved challenging problems we can all relate to.

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Introducing our keynote speakers for the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

by Sheeba Jacob Mar 1, 2017

Wondering how to engage your system in instructional improvement? Our acclaimed keynote presenters and thought leaders will inspire your thinking about where to begin and what to focus on to improve student achievement.

Don't miss a perfect opportunity to bring your team together for three days of learning, collaboration and planning that will set your course for 2017-2018 and beyond. Seats are filling up quickly. Register before March 31 to save $110 per person.

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CCSSO puts a spotlight on the Commissioner's Leadership Academy in Florida

by UWCEL Jan 4, 2017


The Council of Chief State School Officers produced a three-minute video showing how Florida better prepares school leaders through the Commissioner's Leadership Academy. The yearlong professional development program  was designed by the Center for Educational Leadership to help principals, principal supervisors and education leaders to become stronger and more effective instructional leaders. Based on widespread acclaim for the program in Florida, CEL is now offering this professional learning program directly to school districts and states across the country.

School districts and states interested in bringing the Instructional Leadership Academy to their system can contact CEL by going to the Academy website and filling out the free estimate form.

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This state's school leaders use job-embedded professional development for real learning and growth

by Anneke Markholt Nov 8, 2016

When Catherine G. Atria, the principal of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Florida, observed her teachers at work this year, it was with a new lens.

Watching teachers in action, Atria carefully collected data on everything from how many students asked questions or closely read the text of a book, to the number of closed or open-ended questions a teacher asked. Atria didn’t opine on whether students were engaged or not, or note techniques a teacher could have used, but didn’t.

And when meeting with a teacher afterward, Atria didn’t list a prescription for improvement. Instead, she presented the factual data and asked careful questions about why the teacher took a particular approach. Then she asked the teacher to think about ways to make small improvements to boost existing strengths.

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CEL launches new Instructional Leadership Academy

by UWCEL Nov 8, 2016

The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) is launching the Instructional Leadership Academy, a yearlong professional development program that CEL delivers directly within a school district. Through the academy, a school district’s principals, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and central office leaders become stronger and more effective instructional leaders.

Based on the CEL-led Florida Commissioner's Leadership Academy, the in-district leadership and learning community has received positive reviews from participants and is now available nationwide. “I have been in education 24 years, and this is probably the best PD I have ever done. It’s not just another professional development that you go to ... I really believe in this program,” said Lori Duckstein, a principal with the Hendry County District Schools.

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