Instructional Leadership in Action

Keys to Effective Teacher Feedback at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute

by UWCEL on Jul 15, 2013

Summer Leadership Institute 2013

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.

Institute attendees convened in Seattle from across the nation, representing more than 30 school districts and education organizations. The two-day Summer Leadership Institute, “Feedback for Teacher Growth: Tools and Processes to Support Teacher Evaluation,” helped participants to learn the skills for giving feedback and to create a culture that results in effective teacher evaluations centered on growth of teacher practice and improvement of student learning.


Key learnings from the institute:

  • Strength-based observations
  • Formative vs. targeted observations
  • Conversation architecture
  • Awareness of bias in observation
  • Strategies for selecting areas of focus


What participants said about the institute:

“Brilliant flow and strong resources. This is high-quality PD.” – Principal

“I am impressed with the tools you have developed. It makes the learning seamless and authentic ... Very engaging and timely for us.” – Assistant Superintendent

“It’s becoming clearer for me how the feedback and observations work together in a shorter amount of time. Seems doable now.” – Assistant Principal

“Love the materials and group interaction.” – Executive Director of Schools

“Great templates to adapt and use for our district work! Excellent collaborative discussions of effective implementation/application of learnings.” – Director of Teaching & Learning

“CEL’s training is fast-paced, dense in content, and moves my practice forward.” – Principal

“What we are learning as a district team is exactly what we need.” – Superintendent

“As always, walking away with a combination of clear takeaways and concepts to ponder.” – Principal

More information about the Feedback Institute

Topics: Teaching Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Targeted Feedback

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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