School Leadership institute

Ready, Set, Go:

Your Roadmap to Supporting Great Teaching

You lead a school and want to help your teachers do great work. But how exactly do leaders do this? What are specific ways to support teachers? How can you provide professional learning opportunities that go beyond ratings and checklists? How can you set up an environment that is supportive and conducive to performance improvement?

The Center for Educational Leadership’s school leadership series will give your school leadership team a roadmap, processes and tools to support and accelerate great teaching.


This year-long series of two institutes and one webinar will give you and your school leadership teams the skills and tools necessary to answer the following questions:

  • What is a process for determining professional development needs at our school?
  • How do teachers create meaningful goals based on student needs and their own teaching practice?
  • How do school leaders provide feedback based on these teacher-identified goals?



Creating a plan for the year to support teachers can be daunting. CEL's school leadership series gives your school team an opportunity to develop processes and structures to ensure that teachers are receiving quality support to improve their students' learning and their own practice. The series moves from the macro (schoolwide PD planning) to the micro (targeted feedback for individual teachers).



Creating Effective Goals for School PD and Teacher Practice

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2016, 8:30 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
  • Effective professional development is not just a “sit and get” for teachers. It’s an opportunity to support teachers with their student needs and their own instructional practice needs.

    How do school leaders determine meaningful PD at their school? And how do teachers identify meaningful goals to work on for their own classrooms that school leaders can then support?

    School teams will leave this institute with a process for determining high-leverage professional development for their teachers. Teams also learn a specific process for choosing a teacher’s instructional focus.

  • 1. Determine PD needs at your school using a specific process that helps you identify your current context, your teacher learning needs and a plan for implementation.

    2. Analyze what it means to plan PD over the course of one year.

    3. Build a process for determining instructional practice goals in teacher’s classrooms.

    4. Use evidence from formative student assessments and observational evidence of teacher practice as well as teacher self-assessment to ground an area of focus.

    5. Set goals that are tied to the larger context of school and district learning and the professional development support teachers will receive.

    6. Set goals that explicitly connect a problem of student learning with specific changes in instructional practice.

  • Sheeba Jacob Joanna Michelson
    Sheeba Jacob
    Project Director
    Joanna Michelson
    Project Director

Webinar: Reflecting on the Roadmap

November 30, 2016, 10-11 a.m. Pacific
  • For this one-hour webinar, participants will share a problem of practice they have identified since the first institute in September. CEL facilitators will review two of these problems of practice and share suggestions on what to do following a given protocol.

    In this exclusive webinar for series participants, school leadership teams and CEL facilitators will develop a process for how to address problems of practice within their schools around questions related to professional development and instructional focus.

  • 1. Ways to develop a process to find solutions to problems of practice.

    2. How to identify the root cause of problems of practice in order to identify meaningful solutions.

  • Sheeba Jacob Joanna Michelson
    Sheeba Jacob
    Project Director
    Joanna Michelson
    Project Director

Providing Targeted Feedback to Grow Teacher Practice

FEBRUARY 13-14, 2017, 8:30 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
  • Giving targeted feedback is a powerful skill and an important support for helping teachers grow their practice throughout a school year. This kind of professional support serves to give immediate feedback to teachers in relation to a specific learning goal or area of focus they choose.

    Over the course of two days, school teams will work on developing three specific skills that will support them in giving effective feedback to their teachers. They will create a plan for how to implement feedback systems in their school.

  • 1. Use evidence from a classroom visit to connect teacher practice to student learning.

    2. Utilize a strengths-based stance when providing feedback.

    3. Implement a targeted feedback cycle with teachers.

  • Sheeba Jacob Joanna Michelson
    Sheeba Jacob
    Project Director
    Joanna Michelson
    Project Director


Blackriver Training & Conference Center in Renton, Wash.


Targeted Feedback Institute (Feb 13-14, 2017)

$425 (through October 31)

$450 (through January 23, 2017)

$475 (through February 6, 2017)

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Who should attend?

We encourage districts or schools to send teams (principals, assistant principals, coaches and teachers). This series will support your teams in building capacity within your schools.

Can I attend only one event?

Yes, you can attend just the September or February institute — select the appropriate ticket at checkout. The webinar is an exclusive benefit for series participants and can not be purchased separately.

Can I get clock hours for attending this event?

Yes, you can get clock hours for both in-person training events (but not the webinar). It's part of the registration fee.

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