CEL Leadership Institutes

Among school-related factors, school leadership is second only to teaching in its potential influence on student learning. Instructional leadership is a critical aspect of school leadership. The work of instructional leaders is to ensure that each student receives the highest quality instruction each day. Doing so requires that instructional leaders lead for the improvement of teaching and student learning.

CEL's leadership institutes accelerate thinking and practice around three critical skills instructional leaders need in order to support teacher growth and student learning:

  • Leading professional learning
  • Supporting teachers in creating focused goals
  • Providing targeted feedback


Leading professional learning Institute

The Leading Professional Learning Institute supports school leadership teams in determining what kind of professional learning to provide for teachers and why. Effective professional learning needs to address the highest-leverage instructional strategies that are focused on the specific needs of instructional staff as identified by the school leadership team through instructional analysis. School leaders will learn about ways to plan and deliver professional learning that supports those highest-leverage instructional strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze a problem of professional learning more strategically.
  • Develop a process to analyze professional learning as a vehicle for teacher learning.
  • Reflect on existing use of professional learning in order to identify strengths and gaps in current practice.

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Creating focused goals Institute

The Creating Focused Goals Institute helps school leadership teams learn a process to enable teachers' professional goals to be strategic, with a greater impact on student learning. This institute addresses how adults learn best, how to create goals that align with student needs in the classroom and how a school leadership team can support teachers in growing in their practice based on a focused goal.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize a replicable process for developing a teacher's area of focus.
  • Formulate classroom-specific student learning needs into goals for instructional practice.
  • Link a teacher's area of focus to district and school instructional goals.
  • Use instructional practice data based on your instructional framework.
  • Understand how and why teacher learning takes place in an inquiry cycle.

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Targeted feedback Institute

The Targeted Feedback Institute supports school leadership teams in learning the skills for giving feedback and creating a culture that centers on growth of teacher practice and improvement of student learning. Participants will learn how to develop feedback that responds to a teacher’s identified learning needs/goals. They will also learn how targeted feedback is one of many supports principals can provide their teachers. Principals, teachers and a central office leader who works with principals can attend the institute as a team.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use evidence from a classroom visit to provide feedback connecting teacher practice to student learning.
  • Utilize a strengths-based stance when providing feedback.
  • Implement a targeted feedback cycle with teachers.
  • Practice a replicable feedback process that supports teacher growth.

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