|The centrality of leadership to impact school improvement has been well documented. As a result, educational reformers have turned their attention to how leaders are prepared. The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), along with other educational experts, strives to identify and promote programs that effectively prepare future leaders who are able to lead school improvement resulting in enhanced student achievement. In recent years researchers have identified several preparation program features associated with effective leadership practice, and educational leadership preparation programs have redesigned their content and delivery, incorporating these features and enhancing their impact. This webinar series highlights research and practice that drives high quality leadership preparation and practice.|
UCEA’s new report, A Deeper Look: INSPIRE Data Demonstrates Quality Practices in Leadership Preparation, synthesizes data drawn from a valid and reliable program evaluation survey – the INSPIRE Preparation Program Survey. The aggregated data presented contrasts other reports bemoaning the lack of relevancy and rigor of leadership preparation. As such, the findings are a valuable tool to programs attempting to document the strength of their leadership preparation program.
Title: The Department of Education, ESSA and School Leadership
Date/Time: Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:00 PM EST
Featuring: Charles Doolittle, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education
Join UCEA and Charles Doolittle, Team Lead for the School Leadership Program at the U.S. Department of Education, for a vibrant discussion about funding streams for university-based leadership preparation in ESSA. We will also discuss the new administration’s impact on ESSA implementation and school leadership broadly.
In this webinar, Spiro will share insight from the foundation on the recent and future work in this area. In particular, Spiro will share a recent Wallace Foundation Report, “Improving University Principal Preparation Programs: Five Themes From the Field,” which examines perceptions of university preparation, improvement initiatives and state and institutional barriers to program change. Spiro will also share information on the foundations University Preparation Program Initiative in which the foundation will devote $47 million to help universities improve how they prepare future principals.
Given the implications for the UCEA programs involved in this Wallace work as well as for knowledge development, we wanted to give UCEA members a chance to have their questions answered directly from the initiative’s leadership at The Wallace Foundation.
Join UCEA for an engaging conversation about these and other Wallace Foundation initiatives, what they mean for university-based preparation, and next steps for the field moving forward.
The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is a cloud-based school-wide leadership assessment and feedback system. Rather than focus on an individual school leader, CALL utilizes a multi-source comprehensive survey to assess core leadership practices that are distributed across the school building. Upon completion, users receive automated targeted data and feedback designed to support school improvement and professional growth.
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Quality leadership preparation is essential to quality leadership practice. Research reveals an important relationship between preparation and leaders’ career outcomes, practices and school improvement efforts. To celebrate exemplary programs and encourage their development, UCEA has established an Award for Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation. This award complements UCEA’s core mission to advance the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of all children and schools.
Download PDF file: INSPIRE Graduate Survey Webinar
If you are interested in using a validated instrument to gather feedback from your graduates on what they learned while a student in your preparation program, then you should consider the INSPIRE Leadership Graduate Survey (INSPIRE-G). This survey, which is part of the INSPIRE-Leadership Program Evaluation Survey Suite, gathers graduate feedback on what they learned, how they learned it and what their career plans include. All of the INSPIRE-Leadership tools are aligned to national leadership standards and reflect the latest research on the features that matter most in effective leadership preparation programs.
Questions this webinar will address include: * What does INSPIRE-G assess? * How does INSPIRE-G complement the program features survey? * What is the value of INSPIRE-G to my educational leadership program? * How can I maximize the use of the data I receive from my survey results for accreditation and program improvement?
Title: How States Can Help Promote Effective Principals?
Research has demonstrated that school leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors influencing student success. Despite its importance, however, the principalship often gets shortchanged on state policy agendas. To recruit, support and retain excellent principals, states need to work with local school districts to effectively use policy tools available to them.
Title: Instructional Leadership in a Real World School
The presidents of NASSP and NAESP joined UCEA for an important and lively discussion featuring strategies for prioritizing instructional leadership in real world school settings. The webinar, jointly sponsored by UCEA and the Wallace Foundation in collaboration with NASSP and NAESP, features a new Wallace Foundation Report, “Making Time for Instructional Leadership” as well as two celebrated principals who will discuss strategies they use to implement instructional leadership behaviors in their schools and lessons they learned for overcoming the obstacles that limit time spent on instructional leadership.
Join UCEA on for a informative conversation with Professor Paul Manna, College of William and Mary, sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. The focus of the webinar is Manna’s recent released report, titled: New Education Advocacy Organizations in the US: National Snapshot and a Case Study of Advance Illinois. Manna uses the concept of “policy entrepreneurship” to examine the characteristics and priorities of many of the newly formed education advocacy organizations in the US, how they operate and influence policy, and factors associated with their success. The strategies used by new advocacy organizations hold interesting possibilities for colleges of education. We hope you can join us for this interesting conversation.
Title: The District Role in Supporting School Level Leadership
This webinar focuses on a recent Wallace Foundation report, which highlights the important role that districts, and in particular principal supervisors, must play in supporting school level leaders. Recent research has demonstrated the many challenges facing school leaders, particularly during their first few years in the job. Join Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes three panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community in a discussion focused on how universities and districts can work together to support school level leaders and develop district capacity in this area. The expert panel will include Andy Cole, Meredith Honig and Trisha McManus.
This Webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.
UCEA is proud to bring educational leadership faculty a free webinar highlighting the formation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for preparation.
Many educational leadership programs have or are developing partnerships with local schools and districts in an effort to increase the relevancy of their preparation programs to the particular needs of local educational communities. Members of the Wallace Preparation Provider PLC argue that we need more than partnerships, however. They argue that we need professional learning communities. Join us for a web-based conversation exploring the development of preparationfocused professional learning communities at the local, institutional and national level. Participants will share their work within PLCs at each of the levels and the opportunities provided by such engagement. Participants will include Cheryl King, director and principal investigator for the project; Brad Portin, the University of Washington; Susan Korach, the University of Denver; and Michael Johanek, the University of Pennsylvania.
This Webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.
This webinar focuses on the recent Wallace Foundation report Districts Matter: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need. This report highlights the important role that districts play in shaping the destinies of its principals. Join Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director, as she welcomes four panelists from the UCEA stakeholder community as they discuss the implications of this work for principal development and evaluation, as well as, the development of district level leaders to supervise and support building level principals. The expert panel includes Rashidah Morgan, Director of Leadership Development, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools; Andy Cole, Educational Leadership Development Consultant, Former Director of Leadership Development for Fairfax County Public Schools; Mary Canole, Consultant on School Leadership, Council of Chief State School Officers and Ann O’Doherty, Director, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, University of Washington.
IES program officers will describe the funding opportunities for educational leadership researchers that are currently available for Fiscal Year 2014, including those under the “Improving Education Systems” and “Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy” program areas. During the webinar, IES staff will provide information on applying for grants, identify issues requiring special consideration, and address listeners’ questions.