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.
We know that classrooms that are truly transformative for students require adults to work and learn differently than they typically do. We also know that the old methods of in-service professional development have failed to create lasting changes in adult practice.
Today's highly effective and sustainable school-based professional learning cultures share the following features: School leadership teams of principals, instructional coaches and teacher leaders who possess (1) a collective belief in the success of each and every student, (2) methods for working collaboratively around problems of student learning, and (3) a set of foundational instructional leadership skills and systems.
The Center for Educational Leadership's Instructional Leadership Academy builds the foundational instructional leadership skills and systems that will set school leadership teams on the path toward meaningful transformation of student outcomes. As you plan your school's or district's professional learning trajectory for the 2019-2020 school year, consider whether CEL's yearlong academy is the professional learning "reset" that your school or system needs.
What you will gain from the Instructional Leadership Academy
- A common language and shared vision for high-quality instruction
- Nonjudgmental methods for observing and analyzing instruction
- Transformative skills in providing targeted feedback and planning professional learning
- A collaborative professional learning community focused on student learning
- A broader, deeper culture of public practice
Newly updated for 2019-2020
For the Summer Leadership Institute, we have lined up a dynamic panel of speakers who will share professional learning success stories from their school districts. Rebekah Kim, Paula Montgomery, and Jose Rivera are instructional leaders who inspire us, and we think each will inspire you with stories of how their districts solved challenging professional learning problems we can all relate to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.