The District Leadership Design Lab (DL2), at the University of Washington College of Education, supports the creation of district-wide systems to expand opportunities for all students to learn. We realize this goal by partnering with school districts across the country to help them transform their central offices into high-performing organizations that enable principals to lead and teachers to teach in ways essential to student success.
News and Recent Updates from the Lab
March 2014: School-central office relationships in evidence use: Understanding evidence use as a systems problem selected as a winner of the Districts in Research and Reform Publication Award!
Dr. Meredith I. Honig’s article “School-central office relationships in evidence use: Understanding evidence use as a systems problem" has been awarded the Districts in Research and Reform Publication Award by the District SIG of the American Educational Research Association. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of District research.
Visit the Research Resources page to view the article and read more about District Central Office Transformation
January 2014: Introduction to Instructional Leadership Directors
Learn about the role of the ILD in the district, and how your district might benefit from the creation of a principal supervisor position in this inquiry-based lesson
December 2013: Beyond the Policy Memo
Dr. Meredith Honig has published a new chapter in the National Society for the Study of Education's 2013 Yearbook. This special edition focuses on Design-based Implementation Research, and new models and theories for extending the impact of this research across the field of Education.
Dr. Honig's chapter, Beyond the Policy Memo: Designing to Strengthen the Practice of District Central Office Leadership for Instructional Improvement at Scale, focuses on the development of a new methodology for studying central district office transformation. Design-based Leadership Research (DBLR) focuses on new ways of approaching research in this complex and high-stakes context.
Learn more about Design-based Leadership Research
June, 2013: From tinkering to transformation: Strengthening school district performance
Dr. Hong's recent article on the nature of central district office transformation.
April, 2013: Beyond Principal Supervision, by Dr. Meredith Honig and Max Silverman
This one hour webinar covers some of the core ideas behind central office leadership and principal performance.