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Got Support?

New Ways for Principals and Central Offices to Work Together for Better Instruction

Principals are in a prime position to drive better instruction at their school. But they can't do it alone. Central offices need to give them the support they need to be successful.

In three webinars, CEL experts and central office leaders share tested strategies on how central offices can support principals better and with a larger impact on student learning.

Webinar #1: Got Support? Principals and Their Central Offices

Recording (57 minutes)
  • The role of the principal has been changing. Gone is the idea of the principal as building manager and disciplinarian. Today’s successful principal is also a public relations professional, curriculum expert, data specialist and — most importantly — an instructional leader.

    School systems across the country are trying to adapt to this changed reality. But what do central offices need to change in order to better support principals? Are there key practices that create the right conditions for principals to succeed?

    In this webinar, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman and Amanda von Moos, managing director at The Central Office Project, show the current state of central office practice, the pioneering work of some school districts, and emerging best practices developed in the Leading for Effective Teaching project.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    How CEL’s new Principal Support Framework helps central offices think about practices that support principals.

    What the results of a survey of central office leaders from across the country tell us about key trends and themes in the field.

    How you can compare your central office practices to other central office leaders taking the survey.

  • Max Silverman

    As an associate director at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, Max Silverman 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 (Wash.) for 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.

    Amanda von Moos

    Amanda von Moos runs The Central Office Project, an organization dedicated to making central offices work better for schools. Amanda roots her work in a passion for building systems that enable principals to focus on teaching and learning, and a deep belief that lasting change only happens when the people are engaged in the process of reimagining and redesigning their own work.

    For the past decade she has worked in various capacities to redesign systems that support schools, both as an internal staff member leading process redesign projects in Oakland Unified School District and as a consultant. She trains and writes extensively on how to do process redesign in complex and bureaucratic organizations.

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Webinar #2: Tried-and-tested Strategies to Teach Central Office Leaders the Role of the Principal

Recording (55 Minutes)
  • It’s a common headache for central office leaders: the expectations and goals for principals have changed but not everybody in the central office knows what it means and how to deal with it.

    Tackling this challenge and building a shared understanding of the role of the principal is key when focusing on instructional improvement. Hillsborough County Public Schools, a large school district in Tampa, Fl., took on this difficult issue and can show some impressive results.

    CEL Associate Director Max Silverman, Amanda von Moos, managing director at The Central Office Project and Tricia McManus, executive director of leadership development in Hillsborough County Public Schools share tried-and-tested strategies to help central office staff understand the job of principals and how they can best support their work leading the improvement of student learning.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    How 73% of Hillsborough central office leaders came to understand the primary role of the principal as instructional leader.

    How to engage central office leaders from all departments in thinking about how they support principals.

    Replicable strategies for use in central offices of all sizes.

  • Max Silverman

    As an associate director at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, Max Silverman 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 (Wash.) for 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.

    Amanda von Moos

    Amanda von Moos runs The Central Office Project, an organization dedicated to making central offices work better for schools. Amanda roots her work in a passion for building systems that enable principals to focus on teaching and learning, and a deep belief that lasting change only happens when the people are engaged in the process of reimagining and redesigning their own work.

    For the past decade she has worked in various capacities to redesign systems that support schools, both as an internal staff member leading process redesign projects in Oakland Unified School District and as a consultant. She trains and writes extensively on how to do process redesign in complex and bureaucratic organizations.

    Tricia McManus

    For the past twenty-five years, Tricia McManus has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Hillsborough County Public Schools, six years of which she served as a turnaround principal in two high needs elementary schools. She currently serves as executive director of leadership development for the school district. In this role, she provides training and support for school and district leaders and oversees the Hillsborough Principal Pipeline, which includes the recruitment, selection, pre-service training, hiring, induction, development, and evaluation of school leaders.

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Webinar #3: How Central Offices Can Get Better With Structured Continuous Improvement

REcording (62 Minutes)
  • Want to redesign how work happens at your central office? Striving to establish a culture of learning and innovation? From an annual cycle of activities to establishing priorities to how to define a project and bring together a team, this webinar digs into what these practices look like at the ground level.

    In this webinar, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman and Amanda von Moos, managing director at The Central Office Project, talk with Heather Berkley (director of solution delivery) and David Roth (director of technology solutions) from Aspire Public Schools about their structured approach to improvement.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    How to create and implement a comprehensive approach to continuous improvement.

    Which practices are useful in any size school district.

    How improvement systems can be embedded across the organization.

  • Max Silverman

    As an associate director at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, Max Silverman 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 (Wash.) for 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.

    Amanda von Moos

    Amanda von Moos runs The Central Office Project, an organization dedicated to making central offices work better for schools. Amanda roots her work in a passion for building systems that enable principals to focus on teaching and learning, and a deep belief that lasting change only happens when the people are engaged in the process of reimagining and redesigning their own work.

    For the past decade she has worked in various capacities to redesign systems that support schools, both as an internal staff member leading process redesign projects in Oakland Unified School District and as a consultant. She trains and writes extensively on how to do process redesign in complex and bureaucratic organizations.

    Heather Berkley

    As a director for solution delivery, Heather Berkley drives continuous improvement at Aspire Public Schools, a charter management organization serving over 14,600 students in 38 schools throughout California and in Memphis, Tennessee.

    She joined Aspire in 2009 as a technical recruiter and was a project manager before starting her current position on 2012.

    David Roth

    David Roth joined Aspire Public Schools in 2011. As director of technology solutions he manages the technical team responsible for Aspire's data warehouse and business intelligence systems. He oversaw the maintenance and expansion of integrated systems and provided support for SGP and teacher effectiveness calculations.

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The series details important aspects of the Principal Support Framework - download it now