Leaders from our 21CSLA Regional Academies met up in Rancho Cucamonga in early December to talk about the needs of rural school district educators and best practices for drawing more people to professional development workshops. Hosted by Tulare, San Diego/Riverside, and Kern Regional Academies, and The California Arts Project, the all-day event brought participants together online and in person for the first meet-up of its kind. Regional Academies will work with the state 21CSLA to plan additional workshops in the coming months.
The original California School Leadership Academy was established by Senate Bill 813 in 1983 and administered by the California Department of Education until 2003. Senate Bill 75 re-authorized the 21st Century School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) in 2019. The grant is dedicated to the professional learning and support of California’s educational leaders--teacher, site, and district- to create more equitable learning environments that ultimately improve success for underserved students. As a key member of California’s Statewide System of Support, the 21CSLA State Center is headquartered at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, and works in partnership with UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the California Subject Matter Project and seven Regional Academies across the state.
The 21CSLA initiative provides high quality, equity centered professional learning for educational leaders of schools and districts in California that receive Title II funds. Programs are no-cost to participants and include leadership coaching as well as an emphasis on improving instruction and achievement outcomes (including through distance learning) for English Learners, students with disabilities, low income students, and other historically marginalized students.
21CLSA Grant Winners Press Release
Impact StatementIn partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), State Board of Education (SBE), California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) and Regional Academies, 21CSLA will develop a robust, equity-forward approach to expand the capacity of California leaders at all levels. Informed by improvement science, this initiative will improve instruction, schools, and districts to better meet the needs of underserved students, ultimately creating more equitable schools for historically marginalized pupil groups.
- Support productive critical dialogue across the state to address pervasive leadership challenges that impede student learning, especially for underserved student populations.
- Focus on leadership for equity, including issues of instruction, at 3 levels: teacher leaders, site leaders, and district leaders.
- Models and builds capacity in alignment with the CA Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS) and culture of continuous improvement.
- Differentiated design that is informed by local needs and job embedded.
- Develops and models alignment with priorities of CDE, CCEE, and SBE.
STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
President of the Learning Policy Institute and of the State Board of Education
--Prudence L. Carter,
Dean of the Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
Professor of Education, UCLA
Executive Director CSMP