Our use of frameworks with partners often generates tools that can support your learning and changes in your leadership practice. Below are some of the downloadable resources, including frameworks, webinars and books, that we have available.
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Principal Support Framework
Leading for Instructional Improvement
BOOK: Educational experts agree that quality teaching is the most important factor in improving outcomes for all students. This book shows how teacher, school and district leaders can cultivate the expertise of teachers to deliver high-quality instruction.
Leading for Professional Learning
BOOK: Leading for Professional Learning offers field-tested guidance to help school leaders more effectively support teachers’ professional development. With an illustrative case study, this book provides invaluable guidance and is packed with practical tools, processes and expert advice.
When People are the Content: a Systems Approach to Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders
CASE STUDY: Learn how system leaders created the conditions for principals to be what they most wanted them to be — instructional leaders — by taking their perspective. The report includes the tool kit that the system leaders used to facilitate this transformation.
White paper: From Procedures to Partnership
REPORT: Principal supervisors help improve schools when they emphasize principal growth and learning. But transforming the role of principal supervisors to help grow principals’ instructional leadership skills is challenging. Learn how a group of school systems used research to redesign principal supervisor positions and tackle early implementation challenges.
Central Office Transformation Toolkit
TOOL: Empower school leaders to improve teaching and learning across your system with this toolkit commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. Learn how you can redesign central offices to support effective school leadership and develop the instructional capabilities of school leaders.
Characteristics of Instructional Leadership Team Members
TOOL: Explore seven characteristics to guide the growth and development of instructional leadership team members. Instructional leadership teams are a great opportunity to strengthen teacher leadership in support of a school’s vision and mission.
Creating a Theory of Action
TOOL: Develop a rationale behind your strategies and articulate your thinking by generating an evidence-based story that explains the specific changes you intend to make to improve teaching and learning.
TOOL: Engage in a four-phase process of continuous improvement for principal supervisors and school leaders to collaboratively improve and analyze instruction.
Student Experience Story Guide
TOOL: Strengthen how you actively listen to students with this guide that empowers students to tell their stories about their school experiences. Designed by students for students, this guide will be downloadable soon.
Types of Classroom Observation
TOOL: Advance your knowledge and understanding of classroom observation with practical, actionable guidance. This tool outlines the supporting theory, logistical considerations and possible leadership actions behind the three types of classroom observations, illuminating the purposes and techniques behind them.
Beyond Principal Supervision
WEBINAR: Is principal supervision the right focus for helping all principals grow as instructional leaders? This webinar shares research about the importance of central offices not just supervising but also partnering with principals to maximize principals’ learning.
Keeping the Student at the Center of Instructional Leadership
WEBINAR: Learn instructional-leadership strategies to help principals, coaches and central office leaders to keep students at the center of their work — and improve their ability to give feedback and plan professional development. This is a series of three webinars.
Grow Your Equity Stance as a Central Office Leader: Introducing the Revised Principal Support Framework
WEBINAR: In 2022, CEL revised the Principal Support Framework based on changes to the 4 Dimensions of School Leadership™, learning from our partnerships with districts across the country and knowledge from emerging literature on educational leadership.
Tried and Tested Strategies to Teach Central Office Leaders the Role of the Principal
WEBINAR: The expectations and goals for principals have changed, but not everybody in the central office knows what that means and how to deal with it. Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fl., took this issue on and yielded impressive results.
How Central Offices Can Get Better with Structured Continuous Improvement
WEBINAR: Want to redesign how work happens at your central office? Striving to establish a culture of learning and innovation? This webinar digs into what these practices look like at the ground level, from activity cycles to establishing team project priorities.
Introducing the 5D+™ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation, Version 3
WEBINAR: Patty Maxfield, CEL’s former director of teacher evaluation, introduces version three of the 5D+ Rubric. She explains what educators using the tool in their practice need to keep in mind when switching to the updated rubric.