UW CEL: Fostering Leadership Among Educators
After many years as a school principal and assistant superintendent, Dr. Stephen Fink saw how important it was for teachers and principals to have comprehensive continuing education resources. That’s why, in 2001, he left the school district and went to the University of Washington to start the UW Center for Educational Leadership.
The Center, whose mission is to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading, grew throughout the early 2000s. It provided important professional learning opportunities for school leaders and created vital materials for helping teachers improve their craft — but Dr. Fink wanted the Center’s impact to reach further. That’s when he came to CoMotion.
“We started developing specific content that we wanted to protect through copyright or trademark and license out the IP to other entities,” he said. “CoMotion, then the Center for Commercialization (C4C), occupied a unique space in the University for doing that.”