Instructional Leadership in Action

Danforth, CEL To Offer Instructional Leadership Performance Guarantee

by UWCEL on Apr 16, 2013

DanforthThe 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.  


In October 2012, area and national educational leaders gathered to identify the core competencies needed by school principals to deliver on the promise of equity. Beginning with Danforth Cohort 26 this fall, in partnership with UW's Center for Educational Leadership, the Danforth Program will be offering a performance guarantee on the first of these competencies, Improving Instructional Quality through Collaborative Professional Practice.  


District and school-level leaders from Seattle, Highline, Renton, Bellevue, Federal Way, Tacoma, Lake Washington, and Nooksack have joined with Danforth Director Ann O'Doherty and other University of Washington faculty to form a Curriculum Council to draft performance exit standards and create authentic problem-based assessments aligned with this competency. The Curriculum Council work will inform the curriculum design and delivery that will be launched with students this fall.


Topics: School Leadership

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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