Professional Development

Continue the learning journey

The School of Educational Studies not only prepares new teachers to successfully lead their classrooms, but supports established educators along their path toward professional and personal growth. 

We ofter several professional development options, all rooted in the standards of equity and social justice that shape the Schools mission, vision, and values. 

Equity-Centered School Leadership

For our students to thrive, educators must not only recognize a school’s culturally diverse context, but to continually break the embedded barriers of inequity built into many educational systems.

The School of Educational Studies places equity-driven instruction and leadership at the core of its mission and vision.  SES is pleased to offer several professional development programs centered on increasing student success through adopting standards of instructional leadership based on equity and social justice. 

Enhancing Capacity for Special Education Leadership (ECSEL)

ECSEL prepares experienced teacher-leaders interested in administering special education programs.  This non-degree option provides an intensive 2-year, equity leadership-focused program, leading to the Washington State Residency Program Administrator Certification. 

Program highlights:

  • Cohort-based with small faculty-to-candidate ration
  • Grant funded through Washington State OSPI; candidates pay approximately $500/year.
  • Classes meet once per month on Saturday.

Leadership Development For Educators (LEDE)

Program Update: The LEDE program is on a temporary admissions pause while in an exciting redesign phase. The LEDE team is looking forward to aligning the strong equity and instructional leadership foundations of LEDE with an expanded focus on the evolving needs of our diverse school districts and communities.

Experienced teachers can earn the Washington State Residency Principal certification in one of the most highly respected educational leadership programs in the region. Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) carries a reputation across local districts as a hallmark educational leadership and principal preparation program.  Graduates of LEDE are consistently hired immediately upon completion, leading schools and their colleagues to increase equity-focused instruction.  

Northshore Educator Leadership Academies

Program Update: the Equity Academies are not currently being offered at this time.

In partnership with Northshore School District and the Northshore Schools Foundation, the UWB School of Educational Studies is pleased to offer the Equity Academies for Educator Leadership.

Educators will complete a series of monthly seminars in their choice of the three academies:

  • Leadership for Instructional Equity
  • Instructional Leadership for Equitable Instructional Systems
  • Leadership for Youth and Community Engagement

Educators who complete their chosen academies will earn clock hours, and  establish a strong foundation for continued instructional leadership opportunities in their schools and districts. 

State Administrator Certification & Professional Development Resources

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