Dr. Stephen Fink, CEL's Executive Director, presented at the AASA National Conference in February 2011. In this session he provided an overview of powerful new research illustrating the level of instructional expertise among school and district leaders across the country.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Stephen Fink is the executive director of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL), and affiliate associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the University of Washington College of Education. Stephen has worked for many years with school district leaders focusing on the school district as the “unit of change” – particularly on developing systems-level leadership capacity for eliminating the achievement gap. In pursuit of this seemingly elusive goal, his particular interest is in helping school district leaders develop instructional leadership expertise. In addition to directing CEL, Stephen provides facilitation and executive coaching for superintendent and district-level leaders in a number of CEL partnerships. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, he spent 12 years as an assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District (Wash.), and was a principal and special education teacher in Idaho and Los Angeles. Dr. Fink is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Leading for Instructional Improvement: How Successful Leaders Develop Teaching and Learning Expertise.