Targeted Feedback Institute

Targeted Feedback for Teacher Growth: Tools and Processes to Support Teaching Practice

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership offers school districts a two-day institute, “Targeted Feedback for Teacher Growth: Tools and Processes to Support Teacher Evaluation.”

The Targeted Feedback Institute supports principals, teachers and central office leaders 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.

Essential Questions

  • How do practitioners use feedback cycles to grow teaching practice?
  • How do principals use feedback cycles to grow their own practice?
  • How do we shift a culture to ongoing support for teacher learning?

Institute Overview

Day 1

  • Characteristics of Effective Targeted Feedback
  • Foundations of a Strengths-based Observation Process
  • The Role of an Instructional Framework and the Instructional Core in Classroom Visits and Feedback
  • Teacher Goals/Area of Focus
  • Targeted Feedback Cycles: Types of Conversations  

Day 2

Targeted Feedback Cycles

  • Targeted Feedback:  Planning a Feedback Conversation
  • Targeted Feedback Cycles: Reflection Conversations
  • Targeted Feedback: Practice
  • Targeted Feedback Cycles: For Whom and When 

General Information

The daily content can be used regardless of a framework. Principals will learn to give feedback based on goals for teachers.

What Previous Feedback Institute Attendees Are Saying:

“I am impressed with the tools you have developed. It makes the learning seamless and authentic ... Very engaging and timely for us.”
– Assistant Superintendent

“CEL’s training is fast-paced, dense in content, and moves my practice forward.”
– Principal

“It’s becoming clearer for me how the feedback and observations work together in a shorter amount of time. Seems doable now.”
– Assistant Principal


August 30-31, 2017 - San Diego, California - Learn more and register
March 8-9, 2018 - California (Location to be determined)



Email us at or call us at 866-577-8066 to schedule a targeted feedback institute for your district.

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