Feb 27 2017, 1:00 PM EST

LPI/ACSA Briefing: Strengthening & Supporting California’s School Leaders

On Monday, February 27, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) joined with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) in presenting a briefing and discussion on preparing and supporting quality school leaders.

The program included a presentation of the research and recommendations from a soon-to-be-released LPI report on key features of effective principal preparation and professional learning, as well as a panel that offered local and state perspectives on the critical issue of school leadership.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this video belong solely to the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the perspective of the Learning Policy Institute.

Principals play a critical role in creating a safe and supportive school environment where all students learn and thrive. As the instructional leader, they also are key to recruiting, retaining, and developing a strong and stable teacher workforce. As California works to implement the Common Core state standards and a new school funding and accountability system under the Local Control Funding Formula, the role of school leaders will be key. Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers California and its districts new opportunities to invest in the development of strong school leaders.

Speakers included:

  • California Senator Ben Allen, Chair of the Senate Education Committee
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute, and Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Michael Da Rosa, President, Associated Pomona Teachers; Teacher, Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design
  • Precious James, Teacher, Madison Park Academy, Oakland Unified School District, and member of the Instructional Leadership Corps
  • David Plank, Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
  • Ralph Gómez Porras, ACSA President, Superintendent of Pacific Grove Unified School District
  • Anne Podolsky, Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jonathan Raymond, President of the Stuart Foundation
  • Wesley Smith, Executive Director of ACSA
  • Ting Sun, Member, State Board of Education
  • Leib Sutcher, Research Associate, Learning Policy Institute
  • Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Roxanna Villasenor, Principal, Westfield Village Elementary, Washington Unified School District

Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (PST)
Location: Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814


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