Instructional Leadership in Action

Central Office Leaders Discuss How to Support Teaching and Principal Effectiveness at Scale

by UWCEL on Nov 9, 2015

CEL recently hosted 70 central office leaders from across the country for the Leading for Effective Teaching Fall District Leadership Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. The summit helped participants zero in on an important national conversation on how central offices can better support principals as instructional leaders.

Participating School Systems

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools • Aspire Public Schools • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools • Denver Public Schools • District of Columbia Public Schools • Green Dot Public Schools • Gwinnett County Public Schools • Hillsborough County Public Schools • Houston Independent School District • Montgomery County Public Schools • Pittsburgh Public Schools • Prince George's County Public Schools • Shelby County Schools • The College Ready Promise • Tulsa Public Schools

In presentations and break out sessions, educators and administrators learned how to apply promising practices shared by other school systems, discussed new ways of engaging with central office colleagues at home and examined new ways of measuring performance against CEL's Principal Support Framework.

Supporting this work was data from a survey of 195 central office leaders that revealed some of the blind spots and bright spots in central office work.  

The summit ended with a challenge: how should these trailblazing districts use their hard-earned experience and engage the field? Participants responded with energy and enthusiasm to create a call to action for central office transformation. (Watch this space for more information.)

Topics: District Leadership, Principal Supervisors, Principal Support

About the author: UWCEL

At the Center for Educational Leadership we partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading. Our vision is transformed schools empowering all students regardless of background to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

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