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SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2017
  • Summer Leadership Institute in Seattle
  • Learn with UW experts
  • Stay at Cedarbrook Lodge
  • Plan your visit to Seattle

Note: The Summer Leadership Institute was held July 18-20, 2017.

Join CEL experts and leading educators from across the country to improve your instructional leadership practice and learn new ways to inspire growth in others.

Great leaders share a powerful quality: They are always looking for new ways to improve their own practice and inspire growth in others. CEL’s 13th Annual Summer Leadership Institute will deepen your knowledge of hands-on instructional leadership tools and give you practical strategies you can immediately use with your school teams. It will also offer new ideas and insights for transforming traditional professional learning with the ultimate goal of providing equity for all students.

Target the right challenge

New data. More initiatives. Extra mandates. School and district leaders need a clear focus to navigate an often unwieldy web of plans, priorities and policies.

Learn about new tools and techniques that can help you use data more effectively to identify the most critical problems of student learning and adult practice.

Plan professional development that works

School and district leaders allocate a lot of resources for professional development. Yet, it's not always clear how and if this professional development makes a difference for student learning.

Together with your team and CEL facilitors, find new ways to develop a professional learning culture to inspire growth.

Build expertise and inspire growth together

Great instructional leaders are great learners continuously seeking new knowledge and insights. They share their knowledge to inspire growth in themselves and others.

During this institute, take the time to reflect, strategize and problem solve together. Build your expertise, collaborate with your team and bring back new ideas you can apply in your district.

Keynote speakers
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Dr. Tammy Campbell

Superintendent
Federal Way Public Schools

Biography

Dr. Stephen Fink

Executive Director
Center for Educational Leadership

Biography

Dr. Anneke Markholt

Associate Director
Center for Educational Leadership

Biography

Event location

Cedarbrook Lodge

Cedarbrook is a "quintessentially Northwest hideaway," and is the perfect place to learn, recharge and relax.

Visit Cedarbrook's website

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Seattle, WA 98188

Plan your visit to Seattle >>>

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    • How does leadership inspire growth? Join us at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute 2017 to learn with educators from across the country how you and your team can inspire growth in others. Over three days, participants will experience inspirational stories of success, practical learning on how organizations improve performance systemwide, and time for collaboration to go home ready for action. You will leave with new ideas and strategies — energized for the work ahead!

      Essential questions

      1. How do successful educational leaders improve adult practice in ways that lead to more equitable outcomes for students?
      2. How do you continually keep students at the center of your improvement efforts?
      3. How do leaders inspire growth in others?

      Learn how to

      1. Gather, prioritize and use qualitative and quantiative data.
      2. Formulate and prioritize problems of student learning and adult practice.
      3. Create focus for professional development based upon these priorities.
      4. Develop professional development in collaborative ways.

    • Agenda at-a-glance (Download the full agenda)

      Tuesday, July 18, 2017

      Day 1 Theme — Targeting the Right Challenge

      8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Institute Check-in (Note: On-site registration is not available)
      8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Opening and Keynote (Tammy Campbell)
      9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Opening Activity
      10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Break
      10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: District Story/Reflection
      11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
      12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Concurrent sessions (see full agenda for details)
      2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Individual/Team Application Time
      3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Reflection/Close
      5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Mix and Mingle Welcome Reception (light hors d’oeuvres)
      Evening: Free

      Wednesday, July 19, 2017

      Day 2 Theme — Building Expertise and Planning Professional Development That Works

      8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Opening and Keynote (Stephen Fink and Anneke Markholt)
      10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Break 
      10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: District Story/Reflection
      11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided) 
      12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions (see full agenda for details)
      2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Individual/Team Application Time
      3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Reflection/Close
      Evening: Free

      Thursday, July 20, 2017

      Day 3 Theme — Inspiring Growth

      8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Introduction/District Story
      9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions (see full agenda for details)
      10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.: Synthesizing Learning
      11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Close
      12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

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      We are excited to offer Cedarbrook Lodge — the institute venue — as a lodging option. Event participants have access to a limited supply of rooms for institute attendees at a special rate of $259 per night excluding taxes and fees.

      Register first, then book your room while supplies last at this special rate!

      Instructions and a discount code for booking your room at the special rate will be included in your institute registration confirmation email. If you have registered, but cannot locate the instructions and discount code, please contact the Center for Educational Leadership for assistance via email at edlead@uw.edu or by phone at (866) 577-8066.

      What amenities are offered at Cedarbrook Lodge?

      Cedarbrook Lodge offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable formal and informal meeting spaces, a location less than five minutes from Sea-Tac Airport and situated on 11 wooded acres, an on-site restaurant, and easy access to downtown Seattle via public light rail transportation. Overnight guests enjoy comfortable accommodations, a complimentary Northwest continental breakfast, a fitness center and many other appointments and services unmatched by other SeaTac hotels. Cedarbrook overnight guests can arrange a complimentary shuttle to and from Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle Link light rail and Tukwila Amtrak platform. For more information, visit www.cedarbrooklodge.com.

      Is there on-site parking?

      Yes, Cedarbrook Lodge will have free day-parking for institute attendees. Overnight guests at Cedarbrook Lodge will receive discounted overnight parking at $10/daily for self-parking and $15/daily for valet parking.

      Are there other hotels nearby?

      Yes, there are a number of hotels in the area, with most providing local courtesy transportation. Here are just a few:

      * DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport (0.6 miles to Cedarbrook Lodge) From $234 a night.
      * Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave (0.8 miles to Cedarbrook Lodge) From $249 a night.
      * Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center (1.4 miles to Cedarbrook Lodge) From $274 a night.
      * Seattle Airport Marriott (1.1 miles to Cedarbrook Lodge) From $294 a night.

    • Early rate:

      $789 per person (January 16, 2017 to March 31, 2017)

      Regular rate:

      $849 per person (April 1, 2017 to May 15, 2017)

      Late rate:

      $899 per person (May 16, 2017 to July 2, 2017)

      Registration ends July 2, 2017.

      What does the institute registration cost include?

      The registration cost includes access to all sessions, beverages, lunch and snacks, materials and clock hours. The registration cost does not include lodging costs. Attendees must book lodging separately.

    • Who should attend the institute?

      The institute is for principals, instructional coaches, teacher leaders and  central office leaders — ideally attending the institute as a district or school team. 

      Who should I contact with questions about lodging?

      Should you have questions or concerns or need assistance about lodging, please contact Cedarbrook Lodge at (206) 901‑9268.

      Who should I contact with questions about the institute?

      Should you have questions or concerns or need assistance for any reason, please contact CEL at (866) 577‑8066, or send an email to edlead@uw.edu.

    • Improving practice, inspiring growth

      Close to 150 educators from across the country came together for the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership’s annual institute for school and district leaders. The Summer Leadership Institute focused on helping principals, superintendents and other central office leaders improve their instructional leadership practice and learn new ways to inspire growth in others, while offering new ideas and insights for transforming traditional professional learning with the ultimate goal of providing equity for all students. Continue reading



      We're featuring school district success stories at the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

      In addition to the Summer Leadership Institute's keynote presenters, we have lined up a dynamic trio of speakers who will share success stories from their school districts. Chuck Ransom, Stacy Thomas and Sharon Griffin are instructional leaders who inspire us, and we think each will inspire you with stories of how their districts solved challenging problems we can all relate to. Continue reading



      Superintendent Tammy Campbell on equity, recognizing success, and how buy-in is like an accordion

      Since 2015, Tammy Campbell has served as superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools, a diverse district of 39 schools and 23,000 students in Washington state. As an inspiring, second-year superintendent with 20 years of experience in education, Campbell will deliver the opening keynote presentation at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute 2017, held July 18-20. CEL’s Sheeba Jacob had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Campbell recently. Continue reading



      Introducing our keynote speakers for the Summer Leadership Institute 2017

      Wondering how to engage your system in instructional improvement? Our acclaimed keynote presenters and thought leaders will inspire your thinking about where to begin and what to focus on to improve student achievement. Continue reading

What previous Summer Leadership Institute attendees are saying:

"I am impressed with the tools you have developed. It makes the learning seamless and authentic ... Very engaging and timely for us."

– Assistant Superintendent

"CEL’s training is fast-paced ... and moves my practice forward."

– Principal

"I now have the ability to go into the classroom and look for elements of the teaching practice with a more critical eye. I'm more able to find the leverage point to help a good teacher become a great teacher."

– Principal

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