Our Workshops

Partners for Educational Leadership is responsive to the evolving educational climate and needs of school districts. We provide hands-on, facilitated opportunities to try out new skills in safe, collaborative environments, meeting the needs of educators at all levels – families, superintendents, central office leaders, building leaders, and staff. Through these programs and communities of practice, we support organizational improvement and leadership development in an interactive and dynamic professional learning environment.

We offer a suite of interrelated programs and services. Moreover, we partner with our clients, providing context-specific support and guidance.

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.

Keep an eye on this page for all upcoming workshops and institutes!

Join us at Carnegie!
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Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education

March 24 – 27, 2024

Partners is proud to be presenting at a pre-conference session as well as a huddle at the Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education 2024.

PC8: Coaching for Continuous Improvement
March 24, 2024: 9am – 4pm PST

H9: Huddle for Warmth: Single Participants Get Together to Support Each Other
March 27, 2024: 8:30am – 4pm PST

Building Thinking Classrooms for Leaders
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Building Thinking Classrooms for Leaders

April 5, 2024
May 3, 2024

This workshop is for leaders at the building or district levels who are interested in, or already are, supporting the implementation of Building Thinking Classrooms (BTC) in their schools and districts.

Note that the content of this workshop overlaps with ideas expressed in related workshops, such as Educator Evaluation, BTC for Coaches, and the NIC—in other words, while there is some unique content, some may already be familiar to participants who have attended one of these workshops.

Virtual Book Study
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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.

Coaching In-Depth

Coaching In-Depth

May 8, 2024

The Coaching In-Depth is a blend of theory and skill building in order to support coaches in sharpening their practice, and connect coaching to other improvement efforts in their schools and districts.

This workshop is for educators with training and experience in coaching.

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
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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.
Building Thinking Classrooms with Partners
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We’re bringing Peter Liljedahl back in 2024!

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