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

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. Take home a plan to design and support implementation of professional learning that impacts student achievement.

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

Federal Way Public Schools


Dr. Stephen Fink

Executive Director
Center for Educational Leadership


Dr. Anneke Markholt

Associate Director
Center for Educational Leadership


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 >>>

    • 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

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      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.

    • More details to come

      Day 1 — Tuesday, July 18, 2017

      8:30-9:30: Welcome and keynote speaker
      9:30-12:00: Learning/design sessions
      12:00-1:00: Lunch
      1:00-3:30: Learning/design sessions*

      Day 2 — Wednesday, July 19, 2017

      8:30-9:30: Welcome and keynote speaker
      9:30-12:00: Learning/design sessions
      12:00-1:00: Lunch
      1:00-3:30: Learning/design sessions*

      Day 3 — Thursday, July 20, 2017

      8:30-9:30: Welcome and keynote speaker
      9:30-12:00: Learning/design sessions and final reflection
      12:00-1:00: Lunch

      * Includes team time and networking

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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 $229 per night excluding taxes and fees. Book your room while supplies last!

      How do I book a room at Cedarbrook Lodge?

      To make individual reservations, please use this link: UWCEL or use code UWCEL when booking online at www.cedarbrooklodge.com.

      From the Cedarbrook Lodge home page, click "Book Now" at the top of the page. Enter your dates of stay and click "Book Now" again. Enter the the code UWCEL in the far left box under Group Code, then click on "Check Availability." The UW Center for Educational Leadership rate will show up to book.

      You can also call Cedarbrook Lodge's central reservation number at 206-429-4197 and book under the UW Center for Educational Leadership with the same code of UWCEL. Your cutoff date for this special rate is Tuesday June 27, 2017 subject to room availability.

      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.

    • 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. Use group code UWCEL when booking or calling.

      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.

Register now

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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