Our Workshops

Partners for Educational Leadership responds to changing educational needs by offering hands-on, collaborative skill-building opportunities for educators at all levels, fostering organizational improvement and leadership development in dynamic learning environments.

Our Programs

Partners for Educational Leadership offers a series of cost-effective and powerful professional learning institutes. These team-centered experiences provide research-based frameworks, powerful adult learning, and practical tools that are readily transferred back into district, schools, and classrooms.

Virtual Book Study
virtual book study of systems of instructional leadership

Virtual Book Study: “Systems for Instructional Improvement”

First Session: April 30, 2024

Systems for Instructional Improvement provides anyone interested in the connection between improving classroom instruction, the work of teachers, leaders, and coaches and district strategy with a more detailed roadmap than any other resource. In order to better understand the nuance and implications of this important book, PEL will be hosting a book study, comprising 8 sessions, each of which will feature a presentation by one of the team of authors and an opportunity for participants to converse with each other on the major themes.

First session will meet on April 30. Other dates to be announced.

Book Launch Party

Book Launch Party: “Equitable School Improvement”

May 30, 2024

Join us to celebrate the new book written by PEL colleagues Rydell Harrison and Isobel Stevenson, Equitable School Improvement: The Critical Need for the Human Side of Change.

Coaching for Leaders

Coaching for Leaders

July 23-25, 2024

This 3-day Coaching Institute is designed especially for building and central office leaders; educators who are not coaches but who would benefit from:

  • Knowing what good coaching looks like;
  • Incorporating coaching into their supervision, even as evaluators rather than coaches;
  • Optimizing coaching to support their strategy for improvement;
  • Knowing how to support coaches.

Participants will learn about and practice the following:

  • Coaching to support equity, high quality instruction, and school and district improvement;
  • Providing feedback in a research- based and supportive manner;
  • Using coaching to support continuous improvement;
  • Supporting strategic thinking, problem solving, and self-regulation.
3-Day Coaching Institute
picture of coaching institute binder and book "Making Coaching Matter" near the ocean

3-Day Coaching Institute

September 10, 19, & 25, 2024

During this 3-Day Institute, participants will learn about and practice the following:

  • Coaching educators in order to support equity, instructional and leadership practice, and school and district improvement;
  • Listening in order to encourage, sustain, and develop the skills of educators;
  • Providing feedback in a research-based and supportive manner;
  • Asking questions to move educators through the cycle of inquiry;
  • Supporting strategic thinking, problem-solving, and self-regulation.
NEW SESSION! 3-Day Coaching Institute
image of book and binder for coaching workshop on beach

3-Day Coaching Institute

October 16, 24, & 29, 2024

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE ARE OFFERING A SECOND SESSION FOR THE COACHING INSTITUTE FOR FALL 2024!

During this 3-Day Institute, participants will learn about and practice the following:

  • Coaching educators in order to support equity, instructional and leadership practice, and school and district improvement;
  • Listening in order to encourage, sustain, and develop the skills of educators;
  • Providing feedback in a research-based and supportive manner;
  • Asking questions to move educators through the cycle of inquiry;
  • Supporting strategic thinking, problem-solving, and self-regulation.
Building Thinking Classrooms with Partners
Peter Liljedahl and members of PEL team and partners

We’re bringing Peter Liljedahl back in 2025!

The response of the folks who got to see Peter in person was overwhelmingly positive. And we know that there are many other math teachers who were not at one of the workshops but who’ve read the book and are starting to implement the 14 practices in their classrooms. We want to support these efforts! Click the link below to be redirected to our Building Thinking Classrooms website for the latest in related offerings from us.

Other Partners Events
Acceleration Workshop

District Partner Events

  • Waterbury Aspiring Leaders Program
  • Fairfield Assistant Principals Community of Practice
  • Bridgeport Teacher Leader Institute
  • HQI Live:
    • Milford
    • Bristol