Announcing a new approach to teacher professional learning that addresses persistent challenges of student learning

on Apr 15, 2019
The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is pleased to announce the launch of a new line of service, Leading for Teacher Professional Learning.

Unlike traditional investments in teacher professional development that have not consistently yielded results for students, our approach to professional learning develops teacher collective efficacy — a long-term, sustainable approach to addressing persistent challenges of student learning.

Our partnership methodology ensures that your investment will be aligned with ESSA’s requirement for professional learning activities that are sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven and classroom-focused.

Our 3-year process of collaboration will leave your school cultures revitalized and meaningfully redirected toward students and their learning.

What you will gain from the partnership

  1. STUDENTS taking ownership of their ideas, thinking, learning and engagement
  2. TEACHERS getting better in targeted areas of their instructional practice
  3. LEADERS fostering, sponsoring and sustaining professional learning; creating conditions for teachers to collaborate and problem-solve more effectively
  4. A broader, deeper CULTURE of collective efficacy and public practice

Details and budget

Visit to view the partnership structure, a detailed partnership prospectus, and a sample budget.

Call for collaborators

CEL is looking for up to two partners who are eager to collaborate intensively as they engage in this transformative work. As a Leading for Teacher Professional Learning Collaborator, you will be engaged in a discounted 3-year partnership with CEL in which you develop new skills and competencies as a Leader for Professional Learning. Review the partnership prospectus for more details. For priority consideration, indicate your interest by Friday, May 17, 2019.

Contact us

We are happy to discuss your needs and how our Leading for Teacher Professional Learning partnership can transform your school system. Fill out the form at and we will be in touch to discuss a plan and budget tailored to your needs.

About the author

Dr. Joanna Michelson is the director of teacher leadership and learning at the Center for Educational Leadership. She leads CEL's teacher professional learning line of services. She also provides direct support to lead teachers, coaches and school and district leaders in designing and setting conditions for teacher learning that lead to enriched learning experiences for all students. Prior to work at CEL, Dr. Michelson worked as a middle school language arts teacher, secondary literacy coach and as a consultant for CEL. She holds a doctoral degree from the College of Education at the University of Washington with a focus on coach learning from practice. Dr. Michelson is the co-author of "Leading for Professional Learning: What Successful Principals Do To Support Teaching Practice."
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