Instructional Leadership in Action

The Surprising Possibilities of Virtual Team Collaboration

by Max Silverman Jun 4, 2020

In schools and classrooms, societal inequities play out every day. So, from our inception, the team at CEL has believed in supporting educational leaders to improve their practice as a path towards racial equity. 

Teachers, principals and central office leaders are showing up every day to do their very best for students. We share this blog post in acknowledgment of how leaders are doubling down on their commitments to their students. And we, too, are deepening our commitment to help leaders.

[Continue Reading]

Inspiring growth — Academy gives Florida's educational leaders a safe and supportive learning space

by UWCEL Jul 26, 2017

What does it mean for a school system to cultivate or build instructional leadership at scale? In the June 2017 issue of Learning Forward's journal, The Learning Professional, CEL's Stephen Fink and Anneke Markholt describe a research-based curriculum that is setting a new standard for school leadership professional development.

[Continue Reading]

How This School Went From Lowest to Highest Performing in Three Years

by Stephanie Teel Nov 11, 2015

One of my favorite things to read or watch is a transformation story. You know, seeing the before and after pictures of a renovated home, weight loss, or a yard.

My school, Onalaska Middle School is a transformation story. But our before and after pictures are much different than the ones you are used to seeing.

In 2011, the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction identified Onalaska School District as part of a Required Action District, or RAD, because it was one of the consistently lowest performing schools in the state.

Obviously, this was not a good place to be in as a school and it was going to take a lot of work to improve.

[Continue Reading]

Central Kitsap Builds Shared Vision of Instruction

by June Rimmer Oct 15, 2014

Chris Mygatt (left), language arts teacher at Central Kitsap Junior High School, with a student in her classroom. Implementing CEL's instructional framework has  helped teachers give students greater control over their own learning.

At Woodlands Elementary in Bremerton, Washington state, Cindy Larson’s kindergartners don’t just answer her questions. They explain their thinking and evaluate their classmates’ reasoning. For example, during a lesson on measurement, one of the boys asked to come to the whiteboard and explain why another student’s answer was incorrect.

"He was basically up there teaching the class," Larson said. "That would never have happened in my classroom before." Discussing content at such intellectual depth early on bodes well for students’ future growth, she added. "If we’re starting this in kindergarten, the discussions in the upper grades are going to look qualitatively different."

[Continue Reading]

Superintendents Shared Their Practices Using Instructional Rounds

by UWCEL Feb 21, 2012

How does a shared vision of quality instruction improve systems-level leadership? Superintendents from Washington state and New Jersey shared findings and identified cross-cutting issues at the AASA National Conference on Education in Houston on February 19, 2012. CEL, the Panasonic Foundation, and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching joined the superintendents for this thought leader session on superintendent instructional rounds.
[Continue Reading]

CEL's Learning Walkthroughs Featured

by UWCEL Feb 11, 2011

The Seattle Times featured CEL's learning walkthroughs as a promising strategy for improving instructional leadership. CEL uses learning walkthroughs to help educators to deepen their ability to observe, analyze and support quality instruction. The article follows a group of school superintendents who are touring classrooms in one another's school districts. 

Read the article

[Continue Reading]

Subscribe to CEL's blog