News & Events

New Webinar: What’s Your Theory of Action? How Effective School Leaders Plan for Improvement

by UWCEL Nov 18, 2014

School leaders must have a clear idea of what good instruction should look like. In addition, instructional leaders need to know why they make certain instructional decisions over others in order to have a lasting impact.

This second installment of our webinar series on the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™, helps school leaders understand why it is so important to have a rationale behind the strategies they choose and how to help school staff articulate the thinking behind their decisions. 

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What Does it Look Like When Principal Supervisors are Effectively Coaching Principals?

by Max Silverman Nov 10, 2014

That is the question over 60 principals, principal supervisors, and other central office leaders from across the country came to discuss and learn about at last week’s Leading for Effective Teaching meeting in Denver. The meeting, part of the Leading for Effective Teaching Project that CEL is leading with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, included participants from 13 districts and charter management organizations (see box).

In presentations and break out sessions, CEL staff established the basics of a successful coaching partnership between principal supervisor and principal and highlighted some of the newest project findings. In a next step, participants put theory into action and observed Denver Public School instructional superintendents, the school system's prinicpal supervisors, coaching principals in schools.

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Now available: 5D+™ Stage II Online Training

by UWCEL Oct 30, 2014

Helping educators understand what good teaching looks like is at the heart of all our efforts to improve instruction. That’s why we are excited to offer 5D+™ Stage II Online Training, a new convenient learning tool for principals, principal supervisors and teacher leaders.

5D+ Stage II Online Training develops and deepens learners’ knowledge of CEL’s instructional framework, teacher evaluation rubric, and inquiry cycle. 5D+ Stage I Online Training introduced participants to the Classroom Environment & Culture dimension of the framework and rubric as well as the 5D+ Inquiry Cycle. 5D+ Stage II Online Training provides learners an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of each of the remaining four dimensions. To get the most out of the new Stage I online training, learners should have completed Stage I, either online or in person.

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Rapides Foundation report highlights CEL's work in central Louisiana

by UWCEL Oct 27, 2014

Over the past few years, the Rapides Foundation and its local education fund, the Orchard Foundation, have worked with the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) to help emerging and current instructional leaders in central Louisiana learn how to recognize highly effective practices within the classroom, and how to coach other educators to implement those practices.

The foundation's recently published 2013 annual report and video highlights this professional development work and gives some educators the chance to talk about their experience. One example: in school districts like Allen and Grant parishes, teachers conduct peer observations to learn from one another and students are engaged in the learning process. "It has helped teachers feel like they have more support. If they are struggling they can say ‘I need help’ and they will get help. They don’t feel isolated," said Rebecca Reeder, elementary supervisor for the Grant Parish School District.

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Principal Supervisor Panel at Council of the Great City Schools Conference

by UWCEL Oct 23, 2014

Many school districts look for new ideas when it comes to supporting principals in their most important role: that of an instructional leader. At this year's Council of the Great City Schools Fall Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., CEL Associate Directors Max Silverman and June Rimmer joined by Shelby County Schools Instructional Leadership Director Reggie Jackson presented CEL's partnership work around defining and improving the role of principal supervisors in developing principals as instructional leaders.

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Webinar: How School Leaders Can Find Time to Focus on Instructional Leadership

by UWCEL Sep 19, 2014

School leaders deal with a wide variety of competing tasks throughout each day. Add in long meetings and frequent interruptions demanding immediate response and it gets very difficult to perform the most important leadership role: improving teaching and learning at your school.

In this webinar, CEL Project Director Lisa Rooney shares her experiences from working side-by-side with school leaders from across the country and present strategies for finding the time to accomplish the tasks that will most impact instructional quality and student achievement.

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5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Colloquium in Tacoma, November 12, 2014

by UWCEL Sep 17, 2014

The 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Colloquium is a place to learn and share with other districts that are using the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric.

Possible discussion topics include giving effective feedback to teachers, collective bargaining agreements, and problem-solving your district’s obstacles to a research-based implementation.

Bring your hardest questions and your best practices and be ready to share in an Open Space Technology* format.

Open Space session topics at past colloquiums included:

  • Supporting and differentiating learning for principals.
  • How to prioritize ongoing teacher training – diverse needs.
  • Consistency in scoring / calibration.
  • Tools that generate formative conversations.
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Webinar: Central Office Leadership in Principal Professional Learning Communities

by UWCEL Sep 4, 2014

In the final installment in a series of webinars exploring issues around how central offices can best support principals as instructional leaders, Dr. Meredith Honig of the University of Washington shares her team’s research on what principal supervisors do when they lead principal professional learning communities in ways that support principals’ growth as instructional leaders. She discusses tools and strategies districts can use to make these practices a reality in their systems.

We encourage principals and their supervisors to watch the webinar together and discuss how they can partner to improve the effectiveness of principal professional learning communities in their district.  

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Webinar: A Demonstration of Pivot with 5D+™

by UWCEL Aug 12, 2014

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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Webinar Series: Exploring the Major Shifts in the Common Core

by UWCEL Aug 5, 2014

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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