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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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Developing a Replicable Feedback Process at 2014 Institute

by UWCEL Jul 8, 2014

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

by UWCEL Jul 3, 2014

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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Now Available: the 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Guide

by UWCEL Jun 11, 2014

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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Webinar: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need

by UWCEL Oct 23, 2013

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.

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Commentary: Keeping Continuous Growth at Teacher Evaluation's Core

by UWCEL Jul 17, 2013

Is there a policy disconnect surrounding teacher evaluation? In a commentary published in Education Week, CEL's Stephen Fink argues that how we use the new evaluation tools will determine whether we simply create the aura of accountability or actually help our teachers grow and improve their practice.

Read more in Education Week

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