How School Leaders Create a Results-focused Learning Environment

Recorded: February 25, 2015 (1 hour)

One of the most significant roles – and biggest challenges – of a school leader is to create and maintain a results-focused learning environment. Schools and school districts are facing initiative overload. It takes determined leadership and clear communication to deal with the implementation of higher academic standards, new evaluation systems and other demands on school leaders’ time and efforts. Creating and maintaining a results-focused learning environment is more important than ever to raise student achievement and to eliminate achievement gaps.

In this third webinar on the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™, school leaders learn how to establish rigorous expectations for every student while responding to individual student’s needs as well as the diversity of students in the school by creating effective systems of collaboration.

Join CEL Project Director Sharon Williams and Beth Wallen, principal of Panther Lake Elementary School in Kent, Wash., and get a deeper understanding of important strategies for creating a results-focused learning environment, including:

  • Why having a vision and mission is crucial for success.
  • What critical actions effective school leaders must take to establish a results-focused learning environment in their schools.
  • How to align your data gathering techniques, instructional leadership teams, and school improvement activities to your school’s mission and vision.

Plus, learn practical strategies from a high performing school.

Webinar Resources

In this webinar, you will generate ideas for creating or improving a results-focused environment. To follow along, we recommend downloading and printing these resources in advance:

About the Presenters
Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams

Dr. Sharon Williams joined CEL in 2014 as a project director. She is an experienced educator with 14 years of experience as a teacher, principal and executive director of teaching and learning and professional development. 

Dr. Williams has shared her expertise in school improvement and professional development on many occasions through national and international conferences and has a keen interest in international education and organizational development and performance excellence. As a Fulbright Educational Leadership Exchange recipient she represented the United States in Asia and South America, and she is a 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner.

She is committed to serving the students, families, teachers and leaders in urban school districts and is using her leadership skills, education and varied experiences to fulfill CEL’s mission of eliminating the achievement gap in our country’s schools.


Beth Wallen

Beth Wallen is the principal of Panther Lake Elementary School in Kent, Wash. She is an accomplished educator with a background in special education and more than 20 years of experience as principal and assistant principal.

She served as the president of the Kent Principals Association and is a NAESP Nationally Certified Principal Mentor, advising 3 to 5 new principals every year. As a "trainer of trainers" for the Center for Educational Leadership's 5D™ instructional framework and 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Rubric she is actively involved in the development and improvement of her district's teacher/principal evaluation system. 

In her practice as a principal, she strongly supports book studies and Professional Learning Communities, and provides training opportunities for staff.

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