There are no great schools without great leaders.
Stephen Fink, CEL Executive Director
At CEL, our mantra is: “You can’t lead what you don’t know.” Educational leaders must understand what good teaching is before they can foster best practices in classrooms and raise the bar for student performance. That’s one of our primary jobs at CEL: to help district leaders and principals develop the vision, the language, and the tools to observe, analyze, and lead for high-quality instruction in every classroom.
CEL’s services are customized for each partner but we find that districts benefit most when they make a long-term, comprehensive investment in our services. Working system-wide – from boardrooms to classrooms -- we can help the entire district get smarter about quality instruction and maximize the impact of our programs. Visit the Services section of our website to learn more about how CEL can support you.
Strong, learning-focused leadership in the central office will boost the quality of instruction in the classroom and raise the educational bar for every student. Our diagram shows how CEL works system-wide.
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CEL’s work rests upon the critical assumption that the single most important factor in supporting student learning is the quality of classroom instruction. We know that in order to support excellent teaching, school leaders and teachers need to acquire and develop expertise about what constitutes high quality instruction. To achieve that goal, CEL develops the leadership skills, content and instructional knowledge and abilities of teachers, school administrators, and district leaders.
CEL has commissioned research through the UW Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy to analyze the impact of CEL’s professional development work with school districts. As a result of these studies, we have learned that:
To learn more about CEL’s research briefs, access our Case Studies page.