Applying a Cycle of Inquiry: A Key Strategy for Continuous Improvement

Recorded: April 29, 2015 (1 hour)

All educators continue to learn and enhance their practice over time. We identify areas of focus, learn from our experiences and try out new ways to teach and lead. But to truly grow our practice and ensure academic success for all students, we need a routine process that helps us structure our continuous improvement efforts.

In this fourth webinar on the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™, school leaders learn how to use a cycle of inquiry as a means of strengthening instruction and leadership through collecting and analyzing data, developing areas of focus, learning and implementing new strategies to improve practice, and analyzing the impact of the new practices.

Join CEL Project Director Cathy Thompson and discover new ways to give your continuous improvement a solid footing, including:

  • Learn about a four-phase cycle of inquiry that can be applied as a means of improving practice with teachers and school leaders.
  • See how a cycle of inquiry is applied in a school.
  • Consider how you can use a cycle of inquiry in your own school.

Webinar Resources

In this webinar, you will generate ideas for using an inquiry cycle in your own work. To follow along, we recommend downloading and printing these resources in advance:

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About the Presenter: Cathy Thompson
Cathy Thompson

As a project director, Dr. Cathy Thompson provides instructional leadership support for CEL district partnerships. She joined CEL in 2012 with 19 years of experience in public education as a teacher, literacy coach, principal and district administrator. Prior to CEL, she was an assistant superintendent for teaching and learning with Seattle Public Schools.

She has spent her career seeking solutions to close the achievement gap, in part by supporting the improvement of instructional practice at both the school and system levels. Cathy received her Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.

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