FIRST Education
Leadership Center 



Thousands and thousands of districts across North America and the globe have spent time, effort and resources over the several decades to support their leaders within their districts. And while the effort has been there, the application of highly effective leadership practices can be foggy for educators at all levels of the system. At The Leadership Center, we help leaders connect their leadership actions to the changes in practice that students, educators, district staff and community members can observe in our schools and classrooms. This ultimately leads to higher levels of learning for ALL students.


Based on the thinking of Cale Birk and Dr. Garth Larson, Observable Leadership has been implemented successfully in schools all over the world. Through the use of five collaborative questions, schools and districts can and will have a stronger sense of efficacy for the students they serve.  The Leading for Observable Impact process includes the following questions for school leaders. 

  • What’s Our Vision for Leadership?

  • What’s Our Evidence Based Reality 

  • What’s Our Learning we can engage in to better support those we serve?

  • What’s Our Action? 

  • What’s Our Observable Impact we can see in our buildings?


The Leadership Center empowers team leaders, school leaders and district leaders to develop their leadership capacity to improve teaching and learning by connecting their actions to impact in their classrooms with students and educators. 


The Leadership Center's Mission is to provide school and district leaders with the necessary tools and protocols to lead at the highest level on behalf of all students and educators within their schools and districts.


Our Vision at The Leadership Center is to ensure that school and district leaders globally feel confident, competent and empowered to meet the diverse needs of all educators and communities they serve. By providing a clear process with practical tools and protocols, ALL leaders can and will connect their actions as leaders to the impact they wish to see in their buildings.

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our services

The Leadership Center uses educator-designed and team-tested tools and protocols to meet districts and schools where they are at and move them from an INTRODUCTION to the Observable Impact Model, to an INVESTIGATION of how the model fits their context, to the INTEGRATION of the processes of OBSERVABLE LEADERSHIP by connecting their district-wide and school-wide actions to the impact on their classrooms. Districts and schools can choose from a combination of highly practical, hands-on learning experiences including:

Leadership Summits


Leadership Keynotes

Keynotes provided by THE LEADERSHIP CENTER are given by global thought leaders with a proven track record for success when it comes to successful leadership within their buildings. Our Keynotes are relevant, energizing and most importantly, practical to ensure attendees walk away with a clear understanding of what it means to Lead for Observable Impact in today’s schools. 


Our Keynote titles include: 

  • Re-Thinking Leadership

  • What’s the Observable Impact of Your Leadership Actions?

  • Building Collective Efficacy Through Your Observable Leadership

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Leadership Institutes

Our Leadership Institutes provide multiple keynotes and breakout sessions that help leaders not only understand what it means to operate as an observable impact leader, but each session provides school leaders with practical tools to maximize the observable impact of their leadership actions.  Attendees at our Leadership Institutes not only walk away energized for being a school or district leader, but also feel like solutions are provided to the common challenges they have been seeing in their leadership roles for years. Join us virtually or in person for an upcoming Leadership Institute.

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Virtual Leadership Conferences & Workshops

The LEADERSHIP Center provides both short, effective webinars and large scale virtual offerings that allow schools and districts to build local knowledge of best practices in leadership and how to best implement a model that leads to observable impact in their schools. For a list of upcoming webinars, please check out the FIRST Educational Resources Events page.


On-Site Leadership Coaching

 The LEADERSHIP CENTER provides On-Site coaching to ‘get in the trenches’ with leaders and leadership teams to build context-based capacity in real time with real people and real leadership challenges that matter to leaders and educators. Our On-Site coaching is customized to meet the realities of each school and has proven to be successful in schools all over North America.

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Virtual Leadership Coaching

The LEADERSHIP CENTER understands that virtual support is much more normal in today’s educational world. We provide immediate feedback and instant support with school and district leaders to ensure they have a clear focus on working through their leadership challenge and that each leaders is confident in the tools provided by THE LEADERSHIP CENTER to maximize their observable impact in ALL of their classrooms

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Leadership Written Resources

The LEADERSHIP Center continues to provide the highest quality of resources to help leaders continue to connect their actions in their collaborative time to the observable impact they see in their classrooms. Always focusing on short and practical resources, check out our PLC resources below. 

Observable Leadership|Coming in early 2023

Our Team

Cale Birk

Cale Birk,
Director for the FIRST Education Leadership Center


Garth Larson,
Co-Founder and CEO at FIRST Educational Resources


Mark Bazata


Jimmy Casas


Shelly Daun

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Christy Dugan

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Dennis Griffin, Jr.

Gabe Hackett

Gabe Hackett

Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin

Danica Lewis

Danica Lewis

Rufus Lott

Rufus Lott, III

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Thomas Murray

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Michael McDowell

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William Parker

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Dennis Pauli

Becky Peppler

Becky Peppler

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Brent Raby

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Michele Webb

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