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- 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership
- Central Office Transformation
- Teacher Evaluation
- Subject Matter Expertise
- District Partnerships
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CEL Faculty and Facilitators
Stephen Fink, Ed.D.
Dr. Stephen Fink is the executive director of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL), and affiliate associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the University of Washington College of Education. Dr. Fink has worked extensively with school and district leaders on improving the quality of instructional leadership. His work has spanned large urban, suburban, rural and charter schools and management organizations across the country. In addition to directing CEL, Stephen provides facilitation and executive coaching for superintendent and district-level leaders in a number of CEL partnerships. Prior to coming to the University of Washington he spent 12 years as an assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District (Wash.), and was a principal and special education teacher in Idaho and Los Angeles. Dr. Fink is the co-author of Leading for Instructional Improvement: How Successful Leaders Develop Teaching and Learning Expertise.
Dr. Anneke Markholt began her career as an English as a second language specialist for Tacoma Public Schools where she taught for ten years. As an associate director of CEL, she designs and directs the Center's district partnerships focused on developing teacher effectiveness and instructional leadership. Dr. Markholt is particularly interested in the intersection of teaching, learning and the leadership capacity necessary for school systems to engage in instructional improvement, especially for linguistically diverse students. Prior to her work with CEL, Dr. Markholt spent five years as an associate researcher for the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at the University of Washington. Dr. Markholt is the co-author of Leading for Instructional Improvement: How Successful Leaders Develop Teaching and Learning Expertise.
As an associate director at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, Max Silverman provides leadership for CEL's district partnership work. He joined the Center in 2009, after leading high school reform efforts in the Highline Public Schools (Wash.) for nine years. As a principal and central office leader, he successfully led the transformation to a portfolio of high schools focused on sustainable instructional improvement and personalization. His central office experience was focused on instructional leadership for ten high schools, particularly in the areas of literacy and math.
Dr. June Rimmer joined CEL in 2011 as an associate director. In this role she develops and manages district partnerships committed to building leaders’ expertise in instructional leadership and to transforming central office. Prior to joining the CEL team, June served in numerous leadership roles in urban education settings most recently as chief academic officer in Seattle. Before coming to CEL, she served as a program director with the Stupski Foundation in San Francisco coaching and providing technical assistance to urban district leaders committed to reform. In addition she was part of a research team examining powerful student learning experiences that lead to 21st century skills and competence as well the system-level change needed at both the district and state levels to support 21st century learning. June’s professional interests lie in the design of equity-based instructional systems and building expertise in educators’ practice to ensure that all students, particularly our most vulnerable children, exit our systems able to thrive in our dynamic, interconnected, global community.
Dr. Sandy Austin manages district partnerships and provides instructional leadership support for district and school administrators. She joined the Center for Educational Leadership after serving as an assistant superintendent and a school administrator for fifteen years. Sandy is interested in the link between instructional leadership and improved teaching and learning. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Washington in 2006.
Rita Lowy joined CEL in 2008. Rita helps support CEL's 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) assessment and professional development as well as provide leadership coaching with a focus on mathematics. Most recently, Rita was an administrator in the Bellevue School District beginning in 1993 when she was the assistant principal at Sammamish High School. She then became the principal of Ardmore Elementary until 2000, then principal of Puesta del Sol (Spanish Immersion School) until her retirement from the Bellevue School District in 2007. Rita worked briefly at the Teachers Development Group before joining CEL.
As a project director for CEL, Patty Maxfield supports several district partnerships by providing instructional and leadership coaching connected to CEL’s 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning. In addition, Patty is a member of CEL’s Teacher-Principal Evaluation Pilot project team. Patty has been involved with public education for more than 30 years as a teacher, teacher leader, facilitator and administrator. Her passion is continually enhancing instructional practice to develop democratic, thinking-based learning for students and teachers. Prior to her work with CEL, Patty worked directly with teachers and administrators as the director of teaching and learning in Clover Park School District and the regional director for ATLAS Communities. She loved her twenty years spent in K-12 classrooms as a special education, history, health and AP teacher. Patty received her master’s degree in education administration from Western Washington University and is currently an Ed.D. student at the University of Washington.
Jennifer McDermott joined CEL full-time in June, 2011. She has been consulting for CEL since 2004. Jennifer's work focuses on supporting teachers in secondary literacy, supporting literacy coaches with their coaching practice and helping schools and districts design professional development. Prior to her work at CEL, Jennifer taught high school English, coached middle school literacy teachers and worked as a secondary literacy coach for Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago.
Director, Danforth Educational Leadership Program
Dr. Ann O’Doherty serves as director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington where she develops school-level leaders and contributes to the work of the Center for Educational Leadership. Previously she worked at The University of Texas at Austin directing the UT Collaborative Urban Leadership Project designed to prepare effective secondary school leaders for Dallas, Houston and Austin-area school districts. Along with Mark A. Gooden, Ph.D., she has developed anti-racist leadership curriculum modules for the University Council for Educational Administration’s Leaders Supporting Diverse Learners FIPSE grant. Ann devoted eighteen years to PreK-12 public schools as a principal at elementary, middle, and high school levels and as a special education teacher. Her ongoing research interests include program evaluation, coaching, leadership development and district-level influence on school success. She regularly contributes to research and scholarship efforts and currently serves as a member of the editorial board for Educational Administration Quarterly.
As a project director, Dr. Cathy Thompson provides instructional leadership support for CEL district partnerships. She joined CEL in 2012 with 19 years of experience in public education as a teacher, literacy coach, principal and district administrator. Prior to CEL, she was an assistant superintendent for teaching and learning with Seattle Public Schools. She has spent her career seeking solutions to close the achievement gap, in part by supporting the improvement of instructional practice at both the school and system levels. Cathy received her Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.
University of Washington Faculty Partners
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Chrysan Gallucci is a research associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She is Director of the Teacher Leadership Programs at the College including the Masters in Instructional Leadership program and a new district-based Certificate in Teacher Leadership program. Chrysan led a qualitative study of CEL's school district partnership work from 2005-2009. The study was a comparative case study of instructional leadership and improvement in three school districts. Her current research and teaching interests include inservice teacher professional learning with a focus on teacher leadership development. Chrysan also focuses on how education professionals who work in diverse systems engage problems of practice and inquiry related to the improvement of teaching and learning. Prior to joining the University of Washington faculty, Chrysan was on the research faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked as a classroom teacher and has extensive background implementing as well as studying inclusive education for students with disabilities.
Meredith I. Honig
Dr. Meredith I. Honig is associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education at the University of Washington where she also directs the Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.) program. Her research, teaching and district partnerships focus on policy, leadership and organizational change in school district central offices. She is particularly interested in how central offices innovate and collaborate to improve opportunities for all youth to learn. Meredith’s work on central office transformation has been featured by various organizations in their publications and meetings including the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of School Administrators, and the U.S. Department of Education. Meredith currently partners with CEL and districts across the country to help them transform their central offices for improved performance.
Operations and Communications
Angie Anderson's key role as part of CEL's office staff is to provide support for project directors and CEL district partnerships. As part of this role, Angie coordinates the Center's workshops, online courses, and customized program offerings. She also supports CEL's online 5D Instructional Leadership Assessment by assisting with the registration process and by providing technical support for school district personnel. CEL benefits from Angie's knowledge and background in supporting education. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, Angie worked for various school districts in western Washington including Edmonds School District and the Seattle Public Schools.
Administrative and Fiscal Manager
Donna joined CEL in 2010. In her current role she oversees the financial functions at CEL as well as serving as office manager. She brings expertise in budgeting, finance and operational management from her prior work experiences. Donna has a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Gonzaga University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Washington.
Desireè joined CEL in 2012 as an office assistant. In her current role as senior secretary, she plays a central role in providing administrative support to the CEL staff. In her role, she supports project directors working in school partnerships. She also supports the Center’s financial, communications and conference functions. Desireè received her B.A. in international studies from the University of Washington.
Mindy joined CEL in 2012 as a budget analyst. Prior to joining CEL, she supported the financial and administrative functions for educational companies in Portland and Seattle. Mindy has her B.A. in sociology from Gonzaga University and her MBA from Portland State University.
Steve joined CEL as communications manager in September 2011. In this role, he works with the management team to develop and execute communication strategies that increase awareness of CEL’s services, products and impact. Prior to joining CEL, Steve served as communications director for Washington Technology Center at the University of Washington. He began his career teaching secondary school visual arts as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. He holds a master’s degree in educational communication and technology from New York University.
Rachel works with the CEL team to develop new learning tools and communications strategies that support CEL's 5D and Central Office Transformation frameworks. Before coming to CEL she worked for 7 years on program design, implementation and statewide technical assistance for Healthy Start, a statewide learning support program in California. She also brings 7 years' experience as an independent consultant developing strategic communications and program development tools for education, social services and arts organizations in California and Washington State. Rachel has an A.B. degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas, Austin. She is also a working artist.
Claudia is the primary administrator and support provider for the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) assessments. She also copy edits publicity and course materials, and provides other administrative support as needed. Claudia has worked in administrative support positions at the University of Washington, Seattle University, the University of Pennsylvania, the New Road Map Foundation, as well as for an attorney's office in Seattle. She received an M.L.S. degree from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and worked as a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia for six years.
Mark joined CEL as technology director in 2012. Mark’s areas of expertise include user experience, information architecture, learning technologies and customer service. Prior to joining CEL, Mark was the IT director for the University of Washington School of Nursing. He has an M.S. degree in information management from the University of Washington’s Information School.