Needs Assessments

Every day, people in schools are working hard on behalf of students.  However, schools often fall short of meeting the goal of academic success for all students. Educators and leaders know they need to improve, but where to start is often unclear. 

The Center for Educational Leadership conducts comprehensive school reviews on behalf of schools and districts engaged in improvement efforts.  Working with school teams to gather and analyze data, CEL identifies a school’s strengths and areas for growth, in order to guide improvement efforts that will positively impact teaching and learning.

School Review Purpose:

  • To review and assess teaching, learning, leadership and school culture as experienced by staff and students.
  • To provide guidance on next steps for cultural and instructional improvements across the school.

We work with schools to answer questions about their current practice, and how they need to improve.  Schools might want to answer questions such as:

  • How do our beliefs about  effective instruction and our vision for teaching and learning guide our school?
  • Does our understanding and implementation of  high quality instruction need to be revisited, strengthened, or tuned in order to better meet the needs of students?
  • How do we ensure that our school is focused on and organized around developing our ability to meet every student’s needs?
  • How is leadership currently distributed? 
  • To what degree is instructional leadership shared, results-focused and committed to the support and continued improvement of teaching and learning? 

School Review Process:

  1. Collect Relevant Data:
    • Observe instruction in classrooms.
    • Interview and receive input from key stakeholders (administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents) through interviews, surveys and focus groups.
    • Gather artifacts (e.g., achievement data, vision statements, surveys, curriculum guides).
  2. Analyze Data:
    • Analyze the collected data, coding for the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ framework and the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™ framework.
    • Identify patterns and trends schoolwide, and across content areas and grade levels.
  3. Present a Written Report:
    • Summarize the data.
    • Identify strengths and areas for growth.
    • Recommend next steps.