More than 30 leaders from school systems and educational organizations across Washington state will present public demonstrations of their leadership in addressing critical issues involving educational equity, improving teaching and learning, and strategic decision-making and governance. Each member of the University of Washington College of Education's Leadership for Learning (L4L) class of 2015 will present their capstone project and answer questions during hour-long sessions taking place May 8 and 9 in Miller Hall.

L4L is dedicated to producing innovative, equity-focused leaders who have the ability to transform educational systems to help realize ambitious learning goals for all students.

Friday, May 8

Room 102T
8:30 a.m. — "Improving Assistance to Principals as
Instructional Leaders," Stacy A. Thomas,
 Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Blaine School District
9:40 a.m. — "Empowering Self & Global Advocacy through Gap Closing Leadership," Concie Pedroza,
 Principal, Seattle World School, Seattle Public Schools
10: 50 a.m. — "School Improvement through Funds of Knowledge," Bryan Jones, Director of ELL and Assessment, Burlington-Edison School District
1:30 p.m. — "Closing the Achievement Gap by Using the 
Cycle of Inquiry Process," Donna Morris, 
Assistant Principal, Shelton School District
2:40 p.m. — "Hiring for Purpose," David Jacobson, Human Resources Associate Director, Lake Washington School District

Room 104
8:30 a.m. — "Defining Our Central Office Service to
Principals," John Parker, Director of Instructional Leadership, Puyallup School District
9:40 a.m. — "Leadership Growth Trees," Michael Starosky,
Principal Leadership Coach, Seattle Public Schools
10:50 a.m. — "Instructional Improvement Design Through Professional Development for Special Education," Jean Anthony, Executive Director, Special Education, Bellevue School District
1:30 p.m. — "Navigating the Superintendent-School Board Relationship: Implications for Systems Leaders," James Everett, Principal, Meridian High School, Meridian School District
2:40 p.m. — "Engaged in the 21st Century," Chris Bede, Principal, Eastlake High School, Lake Washington School District

Room 215
8:30 a.m. — "Community Collaborative Budget Input Process," Garth Steedman, Executive Director of Finance, Operations & Human Resources, Bremerton School District
9:40 a.m. — "Putting the P in TPEP - Principal Evaluation as a Growth Process," Andrew Schwebke, Executive Director of Student Learning, Tumwater School District
10:50 a.m. — "Leading Principal Professional Learning 
Communities," Chris Pearson,
 Principal, West View Elementary School, Burlington-Edison School District
1:30 p.m. — "Leadership for a Gap Closing Culture: Developing Capacity and Tackling Tough
Topics," Jordanne E. Nevin, Assistant Principal, Kentlake High School, Kent School District
2:40 p.m. — "Unifying a Community Around Change: The Plight of the Black Male Student," Tanisha Brandon-Felder, Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Orca K-8, Seattle Public Schools

Room 320
8:30 a.m. — "Leadership through Social Capital," Barbara Peterson, 
Executive Director, Northwest Learning & Achievement Group
9:40 a.m. — "Leadership for Equitable Systems," Meagan Dawson, Federal and State Grants Director, Burlington-Edison School District
10:50 a.m. — "Partnering in Pre-Service Teacher Preparation," Lori L. Johnson, Teacher in Residence, Elementary MIT Coordinator, Whitworth University
1:30 p.m. — "Accessing Opportunity: Engaging all students in rigorous coursework," Nancy S. Potter,
Director, Western Region State & District Partnerships, The College Board
2:40 p.m. — "Feedback on Instructional Practice," Dylan Smith, Director of Professional Development, Kent School District

Saturday, May 9

Room 104
8:30 a.m. — "Success for Centralia's English Language Learners," Shelley Habenicht, Director of Special Programs & Assessment, Centralia School District
9:40 a.m. — "A Policy Design for Improving NBCT Network Leadership and Candidate Support at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards," Michaela West Miller,
 Director, Outreach and Engagement, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
10:50 a.m. — "All Means All:  Re-creating the Math Classroom for the Benefit of Each and Every 
Student," Eric McDowell, Principal, Odle Middle School, Bellevue School District

Room 112
8:30 a.m. —"Leading for, and through, Change," Michael A. Schiehser, Principal, Tiger Mountain
 Community High School, Issaquah School District
9:40 a.m. — "Leading for Teacher Learning: Systems Development with a Regional Approach," Greta Bornemann, Director of Mathematics, Puget Sound Educational Service District
10:50 a.m. — "Blended Learning and the Modern Classroom," Kimberly West, Professional Learning Specialist

Room 215
8:30 a.m. — "From the Community Into the Classroom: 
Career Connects," Cheryl Lydon, STEM Program Manager, Puget Sound Educational Service District
9:40 a.m. — "Building professional capacity from an equity stance:  Leading adult learning...," Gerard Holzman, Principal, James Monroe Elementary School, Everett Public Schools
10:50 a.m. — "Beyond Traditional Schooling: Collaborating Toward Constructing Authentic, Shared and Critical Learning Opportunities," Bruno Cross, Assistant Principal, Madrona K-8 School, Seattle Public Schools

Room 320
8:30 a.m. — "Enacting Equitable Leadership and Data Practices for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning," Sandi Bennett-Scott, Assistant Director, Evening Teacher Certification, Whitworth University
9:40 a.m. — "Tales of a Teacher in a Leadership Doctoral Program," Katherine Law
, Science Teacher, Orca K-8, Seattle Public Schools
10:50 a.m. — "Exercising System-Focused Equitable
 Leadership: Steps of action working with elementary schools and school boards," Ken Turner,
 Challenge Course Manager, Camp Long, Seattle Parks and Recreation

The three-year L4L program is designed for professionals currently working in or with K-12 school systems who want to take the next step in their careers. This includes those who wish to become school system superintendents or other district central office leaders, as well as individuals committed to leading schools and other organizations in ways that support high-quality teaching and learning at scale. All L4L students work toward common leadership standards while collaborating with each other and faculty to tailor their work to their own career goals, which may include State of Washington Superintendent or Program Administrator certification. Upon completion of the program, students earn a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.).


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