How to reset your school leadership teams and teacher professional learning with an Instructional Leadership Academy

By: UWCEL 
on May 20, 2019

by ANNEKE MARKHOLT

We know that classrooms that are truly transformative for students require adults to work and learn differently than they typically do. We also know that the old methods of in-service professional development have failed to create lasting changes in adult practice.

Today’s highly effective and sustainable school-based professional learning cultures share the following features: School leadership teams of principals, instructional coaches and teacher leaders who possess (1) a collective belief in the success of each and every student, (2) methods for working collaboratively around problems of student learning, and (3) a set of foundational instructional leadership skills and systems.

The Center for Educational Leadership’s Instructional Leadership Academy builds the foundational instructional leadership skills and systems that will set school leadership teams on the path toward meaningful transformation of student outcomes. As you plan your school’s or district’s professional learning trajectory for the 2019-2020 school year, consider whether CEL’s yearlong academy is the professional learning “reset” that your school or system needs.

What you will gain from the Instructional Leadership Academy

  1. A common language and shared vision for high-quality instruction
  2. Nonjudgmental methods for observing and analyzing instruction
  3. Transformative skills in providing targeted feedback and planning professional learning
  4. A collaborative professional learning community focused on student learning
  5. A broader, deeper culture of public practice

Newly updated for 2019-2020

For 2019-2020, we have updated CEL’s Instructional Leadership Academy to more fully address the leader’s role in supporting teacher learning, including how leaders can create the conditions for optimal teacher learning, cultivate a culture of collective efficacy, and assess the current state of teacher learning at their schools. In addition, participants gain practical skills and tools to immediately use to better leverage their school’s current capacity and design more-strategic professional learning opportunities for teachers.

Begin planning your 2019-2020 academy today

Are you interested in bringing CEL’s Instructional Leadership Academy to your school system? Review the academy details and sample pricing and then contact us to schedule a conversation about your specific needs.

About the author

At the Center for Educational Leadership we partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading. Our vision is transformed schools empowering all students regardless of background to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.
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