News & Events

Webinar: A Demonstration of Pivot with 5D+™

Posted by UWCEL on Aug 12, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Watch this recorded webinar demonstration of Pivot with 5D+™, a mobile observation and walkthrough tool. This webinar will provide an overview of the web-based interface of Pivot with 5D+ for schools looking for an electronic tool to use on a laptop, tablet or other web-enabled device.  

Created by principals for principals, Pivot with 5D+ enables administrators to collect and code evidence from observations, conversations with teachers, student work, and artifacts in order to complete mid- and end-of-year formative and summative evaluations in a totally mobile and paperless environment.

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation

Webinar Series: Exploring the Major Shifts in the Common Core

Posted by UWCEL on Aug 5, 2014 11:20:00 AM

This series of recorded webinars, led by Joanna Michelson, explores the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards. Participants will understand what the shifts mean, the research behind them, and how to recognize them in the classroom. Participants will also develop habits for providing feedback to teachers on making the shifts.

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Topics: School Leadership, Common Core

Developing a Replicable Feedback Process at 2014 Institute

Posted by UWCEL on Jul 8, 2014 2:45:00 PM

What are the foundations for effective observation and feedback? How do you develop your own practice for feedback? Educators from 11 states explored these questions through two intense days of learning at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership's 2014 Summer Leadership Institute, "Feedback for Teacher Growth: Tools and Processes to Support Teacher Evaluation."

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation

New Guides for School Districts to Better Support Principals as Instructional Leaders

Posted by UWCEL on Jul 3, 2014 2:11:00 PM

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has released a set of three tools designed for school district central office leaders, especially principal supervisors, to help principals improve teaching and learning in every school across the district.

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Topics: District Leadership

Now Available: the 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Guide

Posted by UWCEL on Jun 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM

This new guide takes you through the essential elements of CEL’s 5D+ teacher evaluation process. The basic intent of a new teacher evaluation process — helping teachers improve their instructional practice so that all of their students can achieve at high levels — is simple. But implementing a new process is complex and takes time and care to do well. For most schools and districts, a new teacher evaluation process will call for new skills, habits and practices in areas such as collaborative inquiry, observation, analysis and feedback. Ensuring that the evaluation process succeeds is a team effort, requiring leadership from administrators and teachers alike.

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation

Danforth, CEL To Offer Instructional Leadership Performance Guarantee

Posted by UWCEL on Apr 16, 2013 12:12:00 PM

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program has served as an exemplar in principal development for over 25 years. One of the signature elements of Danforth leadership is a commitment to continuous improvement.  

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Topics: School Leadership

AASA National Conference: CEL to Present Powerful New Findings for Superintendents and School Leaders

Posted by UWCEL on Feb 2, 2012 11:23:00 AM

CEL's executive director, Dr. Stephen Fink, will present key findings in two sessions for superintendents and school leaders at the AASA 2012 National Conference on Education in Houston, February 18 and 19.

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Topics: School Leadership, District Leadership

CEL Participating in Washington State's New Teacher Evaluation Pilot

Posted by UWCEL on Dec 1, 2010 2:05:00 PM

Washington State's recent legislation calling for development and implementation of a new Teacher/Principal Evaluation (Pilot) program has set off an intensive discussion among educators and communities statewide about what good teaching looks like and how to evaluate it.  The new law (E2SSB 6696 - Regarding Education Reform (2010)), enacted in support of the state's efforts to participate in Race to the Top, requires Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to partner with the Washington Education Association, Washington Association of School Administrators, the Association of Washington School Principals, and the Washington State Parent Teacher Association to design a process for improving the state's principal and teacher evaluation systems.

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation

Puget Sound Superintendents’ Network

Posted by UWCEL on Nov 23, 2010 1:58:00 PM

Earlier this fall CEL launched another superintendents’ network in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District.  Superintendents and their immediate deputy/assistant from the following Washington State school districts are participating:  Eatonville, Enumclaw, Orting, Peninsula, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie Valley, and Tahoma.  The network was created with the following challenge, purpose and theory of action in mind.

Superintendents’ Challenge

The leadership expertise needed for the improvement of instruction is a complex phenomenon.  It requires the development of a mix of subject matter content knowledge, knowledge of various means for how students learn that content, and pedagogical knowledge regarding ways to teach the subject matter content.  As well, this particular kind of expertise requires leaders to know about how individual teachers learn to teach more effectively; how to skillfully observe for those elements in the instructional process; and, how to craft feedback to teachers and principals about what is observed that supports their current practice, and at the same time challenges them to improve. Furthermore, in order to create and sustain a professional community that flourishes with continuous learning, leaders need to be able to engage in the adaptive work of cultural change. If teachers are to thrive in challenging school environments, then leaders need to be able to influence the ways in which teachers work and learn together.  This raises the following questions of leadership practice specific to school district superintendents:

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Topics: District Leadership

Idaho Superintendents' Network

Posted by UWCEL on Aug 20, 2010 2:13:00 PM

Superintendents engaged in learning together how to lead instructional improvements in their districts is rare, yet happening at the Idaho State Superintendents Network, a project developed by the Idaho State Department of Education in conjunction with Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.  A group of thirty Idaho superintendents come together five times per year to deepen their understanding of what constitutes quality instruction, as well as to increase their expertise in leading their school districts for instructional improvement. The following essential questions guide each session:
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Topics: District Leadership