From the Director's Desk
Two foundational ideas guide our work at the Center for Educational Leadership. First, we believe that quality teaching matters: if students are not learning, they are not being afforded powerful learning opportunities. Second, quality instructional leadership matters: if teachers do not afford students powerful learning opportunities, this is ultimately an issue for school leaders.
Building Leadership Capacity
By Dick Flanary, Senior Director of Leadership Programs and Services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals
Accountability is the mantra for today's schools. Expectations for schools are ever increasing, and sanctions for poor performance include takeovers and replacement of staff members and principals. In this tough economic time, additional resources for school improvement are scarce.
As a practicing principal, how do you lead your school toward significant improvement in the midst of the current economic realities and the ever-present public scrutiny?
School and District Leaders as Instructional Experts
What We Are Learning
Dr. Stephen Fink, CEL Executive Director
If, as research shows, the quality of teaching is the most important variable affecting student learning, it follows that school and district leaders' most important job is to lead teachers in improving their instructional practice. But how well are our nation's school and district leaders equipped for this task? Have they developed sufficient expertise in instruction to guide and support teachers in improving their practice at the pace and scale necessary to ensure high-quality learning for each and every student?
Perspectives from the Field: Principal Evaluation and Effectiveness
An Interview with Dr. Andrés Alonso
Dr. Andrés Alonso is Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) in Maryland. In the first three years of his tenure, Baltimore City students reached their highest outcomes in state exams, across all categories of students. School administrators ratified a new contract on April 29, 2011.
An Interview with Gary Kipp
Gary Kipp is the Executive Director of the Association of Washington School Principals. He serves on the Steering Committee for Washington’s Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot, which is a component in the education reform bill E2SSB 6696.
CEL Recognized by the Washington Association of School Administrators
Support for Seattle Public Schools Noted
The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) and Meredith Honig, CEL faculty partner received a recognition award from the Washington Association of School Administrators on May 11, 2011, at the spring luncheon. Nominated by Susan Enfield, Interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, CEL was recognized for its extraordinary support to Seattle Public Schools.
Each newsletter, CEL conducts a poll of readers to provide a forum through which we can learn from each other about school and district work that is aligned with the topic of the newsletter. In this edition we feature: Principal Evaluation Systems.