The Leaders to Watch Academy
Get coach, mentor, and peer support as you level up your career
These days, school leaders have an unbelievably complex job. It’s not just balancing instruction and management anymore. Now there are curriculum wars, staff shortages, students with Covid-related trauma...and of course, testing.
You don’t have to shoulder these burdens alone, with no guidance or camaraderie. Join the Academy that is grounded in the research-based Schools to Watch program and backed by a 153-school network in California.
You’ll finish the program next summer with a strong support system, a completed capstone project, certification as a Leader to Watch, CEUs, and the confidence to take your school or department exactly where you want it to go
Become part of the pilot program beginning Summer 2023!
Facts at a glance
K-8 principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders
LTW will give you the evidence-based structure, tools, and mentoring you need to successfully engage your entire faculty in school improvement. High school leaders who appreciate a whole-child, developmentally-responsive focus are also welcome.
Join a close-knit group of peers, coaches, mentors, and instructors for a 12-month learning journey that will transform your skillset and perspective as a school leader.
Flexible mix of online and in-person learning
Hybrid (80% online, 20% in-person)
Mostly asynchronous to accommodate busy schedules
Average of 4 hours per month (instruction, mentoring, school visits, and action plan)
Certification from California League of Educators
Earn certification from the 40-year nonprofit, California League of Educators
$2,995 per person
Become part of the pilot program!
Learn from experts in education
Instruction by school leaders and experts
Small-group coaching and 1:1 mentoring
Action plan development for participant’s school
Personal leadership goal development for participant
You will be matched with a successful Schools to Watch principal as a personal mentor for monthly check-ins.
Coaches will lead instructional sessions with guest experts and facilitate small coaching groups that will help you design, implement, measure, and refine your action plan.
Upon successful mastery of the course,
you will be able to:
Feel confident in your ability to rally your people to a shared vision grounded in equity, the whole child, and student-centered learning.
Prioritize the well-being of staff, students, and families in order to establish the conditions for learning recovery and a trajectory toward excellence.
Leading schools successfully during and after the pandemic
Reflecting on school practices using qualitative and quantitative evidence
Leadership and systems research
The Schools to Watch framework, rubric, and network of model schools
Building a culture of belonging and compassionate continuous improvement
Centering equity and culturally responsive practices
SMART-goal based action plans
Supporting students with disabilities, English learners, foster and unhoused youth, and other vulnerable populations
Taking care of staff, families, and the community
Academic excellence and learning recovery
SEL, social equity, and developmental responsiveness
Leader self-care/leadership style/personal goals
About California League of Educators
California League of Educators (CLE) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that offers practitioner-led professional development for educators, by educators. In the past 41 years, CLE has provided professional learning to over 80,000 educators. CLE oversees a network of 152 California Schools to Watch model middle schools, and has provided services to districts and schools through multiple federal and foundation grants.
Information is subject to change.