Humanizing School and District Leadership Through Student Experience
Nov 18, 2021 | District Leadership, Educational Leadership, Equity, Student-centered
What would happen if school and district leaders used students’ experiences and perspectives as the basis for their leadership? In CEL’s partnerships with school systems, we ask leaders to focus on the experiences of students furthest from justice in their schools and...
Instructional Leadership Teams: 3 Tips to Get Clear for Students’ Sake
Oct 27, 2021 | Instructional leadership, Instructional Leadership Teams, Professional Learning, School Leadership, Student-centered
Instructional leadership teams (ILTs) can play a key role in creating more equitable schools that give all students the opportunity to thrive. But in our work with schools around the country, we often see a missed opportunity for teams to build clear, shared purpose...
Looking Back to Lean Forward: CEL’s 20-Year Journey
Sep 30, 2021 | Instructional leadership, Professional Learning, School Leadership, The Throughline
Dear partners and colleagues, In 2003, I was a second-year principal. At the time, my school was best known for its low standardized test scores and discipline rates. I thought that my general leadership ability was sufficient to lead a dramatic school turnaround....
“I Really Wanted to Get to School on Time”: When Listening Guides Your Leadership
Jun 24, 2021 | Instructional leadership, Professional Learning, School Leadership, The Throughline
“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”- Pema Chodron “Our unconscious bias whispers, ‘We already have an anti-racist school.’ Our student data shouts, ‘You are not there yet!’ We must embrace the idea that we are all novices in the pursuit of creating a...
Celebrating Growth and Courage
Jun 3, 2021 | Educational Leadership, Instructional leadership, Professional Learning, School Leadership
As the year-end approaches, we’re sharing stories of the growth we observed in our partners — even as they grappled with intense day-to-day demands on their time and energy. This post is the second in a series of three stories.