News & Events

New Webinar: Central Office Leadership in Principal Professional Learning Communities

by UWCEL Sep 4, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The fourth in a series of webinars hosted by the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership will be presented September 17, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. PDT.  

The latest webinar, Central Office Leadership in Principal Professional Learning Communities: The Practice Beneath the Policy, features Dr. Meredith Honig of the University of Washington who 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.  

Learn more and register

Read More

Topics: District Leadership

Webinar: A Demonstration of Pivot with 5D+™

by UWCEL 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.

Read More

Topics: Teacher Evaluation

Webinar Series: Exploring the Major Shifts in the Common Core

by UWCEL 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.

Read More

Topics: School Leadership, Common Core

Developing a Replicable Feedback Process at 2014 Institute

by UWCEL 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."

Read More

Topics: Teacher Evaluation

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

by UWCEL 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.

Read More

Topics: District Leadership

Now Available: the 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Guide

by UWCEL 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.

Learn more

Read More

Topics: Teacher Evaluation

Webinar: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need

by UWCEL Oct 23, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Ann O’Doherty, Director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington, will take part in a webinar, "Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need," on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PDT.

This webinar will focus on the recent Wallace Foundation report Districts Matter: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need. This report highlights the important role that districts play in shaping the destinies of its principals.

Join Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes four panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community as they discuss the implications of this work for principal development and evaluation, as well as, the development of district level leaders to supervise and support building level principals.

Read More

Topics: School Leadership

Keys to Effective Teacher Feedback at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute

by UWCEL Jul 15, 2013 9:52:00 AM

What is the role of an instructional framework in teacher observation and feedback? How should principals and teachers structure targeted feedback cycles around an area of focus? How can school districts modify and apply a replicable feedback process to their own context? These were some of the questions tackled by 150 principals, teachers, district administrators, and educators at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership’s Summer Leadership Institute, held July 9-10, 2013.

Read More

Topics: Teaching Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Targeted Feedback

AASA Podcast: Leadership Tools to Support Principal Success

by UWCEL Jun 29, 2013 10:15:00 AM

This podcast is designed for superintendents and school district leaders who have responsibility for providing principal evaluation and support and will feature several of the most popular tools that have been created to support district leaders in the work of developing principal instructional leadership.

Moderator: Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA

Presenter: Stephen Fink, Executive Director/Affiliate Professor, Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington

To listen, visit:

Read More

Topics: School Leadership

Danforth, CEL To Offer Instructional Leadership Performance Guarantee

by UWCEL 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.  

Read More

Topics: School Leadership