CEL’s Tools for Leadership and Instruction
The 4D Instructional Leadership Growth Continuum helps principals move toward the goal of expert instructional leadership and describes what leadership behaviors look like at varying levels of expertise. Moving from novice to emerging, accomplished and expert, each level of practice describes the appropriate leadership behaviors for each of the four dimensions (and subdimensions) of effective instructional leadership. The tool is useful for anyone who is interested in improving a principal’s practice.
Developed from multiyear research efforts at the University of Washington, the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning instructional framework is a comprehensive reflection of the core elements of effective teaching. The 5D™ instructional framework provides a common language of instruction that defines teaching and learning along five dimensions: purpose, student engagement, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment for student learning, and classroom environment and culture.
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 every student receives the highest quality instruction each day. Doing so requires that instructional leaders lead for the improvement of the quality of teaching and for the improvement of student learning.
The Principal Support Framework represents the best thinking of educators from across the country about the support needed to advance principal leadership focused on improving teaching and learning at scale. Grounded in the findings of Leading for Effective Teaching and other key research, including the work of Meredith Honig and colleagues at the University of Washington on central office transformation for district-wide teaching and learning improvement, the framework addresses three action areas:
This planning tool builds on the Principal Support Framework. The interactive PDF template leads users through the key ideas in each of the framework’s three action areas and helps them (1) assess how well they currently support their principals as instructional leaders in each area, (2) identify evidence to support their assessment, and (3) prioritize next steps in each action area.
This tool helps educators generate a theory of action, or an evidence-based story, that explains the specific changes they intend to make to improve teaching and learning.
The Central Office Transformation Toolkit is a set of three tools designed for school district central office leaders, especially principal supervisors, to help principals improve teaching and learning in every school across the district. Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, the Central Office Transformation Toolkit was developed by the Center for Educational Leadership in partnership with Dr. Meredith I. Honig. Two tools focus on the redesign of central offices in ways that foster effective leadership in schools. The third tool is an aid for principal supervisors seeking to develop the instructional capabilities of the principals they oversee.
We know that building the capacity of teachers will lead to better instruction and greater learning for all students. Helping educators understand what good teaching looks like is at the heart of the Center for Educational Leadership’s 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation – a growth-oriented tool for improving instruction.
Discover important steps to consider as you lead your district forward in using teacher evaluation to continually improve teaching and learning.
Pivot with 5D+ is an electronic teacher observation and evaluation tool based on the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership's 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ instructional framework and 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Rubric. This multi-platform, customizable tool created by principals for principals enables administrators to conduct classroom observations, walkthroughs, formative ratings and summative evaluations in a totally mobile and paperless environment through an iPad app and/or web-based solution.
Educational experts agree that quality teaching is the single most important factor in improving educational outcomes for all students. This book shows how teacher, school and district leaders can cultivate the expertise of teachers to deliver high quality instruction for all students.
The Types of Classroom Observation tool helps educators understand the purposes and techniques for observations in education. By outlining the supporting theory, logistical considerations, and possible leadership actions behind the three types of classroom observations, the tool provides practical guidance for leaders to develop their expertise in examining teaching practice.