Instructional Leadership in Action

Two Powerful Sessions for Superintendents and School Leaders

by UWCEL on Nov 29, 2012

CEL-Learning-Forward-2012The Center for Educational Leadership presented two sessions at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Boston, held December 1-5, 2012. Max Silverman and CEL faculty partner Meredith Honig presented "Central Office as Leaders of Principal Professional Development," and Anneke Markholt and Jennifer McDermott presented "Knowing Strong Instruction When You See It." In addition, CEL staff hosted a booth in the exhibit hall to help attendees learn about CEL resources and services supporting instructional leadership and teacher effectiveness.

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E09 - Central Office as Leaders of Principal Professional Development
Monday, December 3, 2012
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Research and experience show that central office staff play a crucial role in helping principals become excellent instructional leaders. However, for many central office leaders this is uncharted territory. Central office leaders and principals will leave the session with field-tested tools and next steps to apply as soon as they return to their districts.


Meredith Honig
Dr. Meredith I. Honig is a faculty partner at the Center for Educational Leadership and associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her research, teaching and district partnerships focus is on policy, leadership and organizational change in urban educational systems. She is particularly interested in how school district central offices innovate and collaborate to improve opportunities for all youth to learn. Her work has been published in such journals as: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; Educational Researcher; Educational Administration Quarterly; and The School Administrator. Her recent publications address how school district central offices can fundamentally transform how they work to support districtwide teaching and learning improvement. She currently works in partnership with CEL and districts across the country to design, implement and build knowledge about central office transformation.

Max Silverman
Max Silverman, as a CEL associate director, provides leadership for CEL's district partnership work. He joined the Center in 2009, after leading high school reform efforts in the Highline Public Schools for the previous nine years. As a principal and central office leader, he successfully led the transformation to a portfolio of high schools focused on sustainable instructional improvement and personalization. His central office experience was focused on instructional leadership for ten high schools, particularly in the areas of literacy and math.

J17 - Knowing Strong Instruction When You See It
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7:45 – 9:45 a.m.

How do you know good teaching and learning when you see it? Learn and practice a disciplined method for observation that includes observing teaching and learning with a descriptive, versus evaluative, lens. Engage in a process that supports the way we observe teaching and learning and use a tool that helps calibrate the quality of what is seen. Gain replicable processes that develop school leaders' ability to observe and collect classroom data and to provide constructive feedback.


Anneke Markholt
Dr. Anneke Markholt, as a CEL associate director, designs and directs the Center's district partnerships focused on the development of instructional leadership. Dr. Markholt is particularly interested in the intersection of teaching, learning and the leadership capacity necessary for school systems to engage in instructional improvement. She is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is the co-author of Leading for Instructional Improvement: How Successful Leaders Develop Teaching and Learning Expertise.

Jennifer McDermott
Jennifer McDermott, as a CEL project director, focuses on supporting teachers in secondary literacy, supporting coaches and leaders with their coaching practice and helping schools and districts design professional development. Prior to her work at CEL, she taught high school English, coached middle school literacy teachers and worked as a secondary literacy coach for the Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago.

Topics: School Leadership, District Leadership, Teaching Effectiveness

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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