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PLI Cohort 14The purpose of the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) is to recruit, train, and support a diverse group of individuals committed to the principles of academic excellence, equity, and integrity as a way to maximize achievement and opportunity for students in urban schools. In response to California legislation and a shortage of well-prepared urban school administrators, the Regents of the University of California established the Principal Leadership Institute programs on the UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley campuses. The Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA has designed a rigorous 15 month program aligned with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders that will prepare the next generation of urban school leaders. The program grants a Master’s degree and completion of the courses required for the California Tier 1 Administrative Credential. The program is designed to attract outstanding educators who have administrative interests and recognized potential.

 Alumni Speak About the PLI Experience


 Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Alumni in the News

  • Parents Launch Pilot High School with Principal Tommy Welch (PLI Cohort 8)

    LA Times | December 18, 2014
    By Stephen Ceasar

    Maria Melendrez's daughter thrived for three years at the Julian Nava Learning Academy, a sparkling middle-school campus in South L.A. where she was pushed to excel.

    But Melendrez feared what would come next for her daughter. She could send her to underperforming Jefferson High, or perhaps put her on a bus to a magnet school in the San Fernando Valley. She and other parents lamented the lack of quality high schools in the neighborhood.

    So they decided to start their own.  Read the article.

  • Randy Palisoc (PLI Cohort 4) - TED Talk on Math Education

  • Ian Eddy Honored with Social Justice Teacher Award

    Eddy AwardIan Eddy (PLI Cohort 13) was awarded the Social Justice Teacher Award and was promoted to the position of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) Coordinator at Hawthorne High School in the Centinela Valley Union High School District.
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year Award

    Jose Navarro (PLI Cohort 11) was nominated and selected to receive the outstanding educator of the year award from the Los Angeles Times in the Latinos de Hoy Awards.

    The Latinos de Hoy Awards spotlight the diverse and influential Latino luminaries in Los Angeles. The awards were launched to provide a platform with which to showcase the year’s most impactful Latino leaders whose vision, accomplishments, and influence have not only helped shape the Los Angeles community, but whose reach and footprint serve as beacons of inspiration for people worldwide.

    Jose Navarro and his school are also featured in an article written by Sonia Caus Gleason and Nancy J. Gerzon and published in the November 2013 issue of Principal Leadership, "The Principal’s Role in Personalization.
  • 25 Teachers to Watch of 2014 Lisa and Jorge

    Lisa Quon Heinsen, a current PLI student, and Jorge Lopez, a PLI alumnus, were selected as Teachers to Watch by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. They were honored as educators who demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond basic instruction, ensuring that their students are given every opportunity to achieve academic and extracurricular excellence.

    25 Teachers to Watch in 2014





  • A news report featured the dramatic transformation of Mendez High School under the leadership of PLI alumnus, Mauro Bautista (PLI Cohort 6).

    Mendez News

  • The Education of Ana Ponce: A Success Story


    Ana Ponce (PLI Cohort 2), chief executive officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, was profiled in this article. 
    Read the article...

  • Muir Assistant Principal Tim Sippel Named Director of Linked Learning (College & Career Pathways)

    Superintendent Edwin Diaz announced the appointment of Tim Sippel (PLI Cohort 4) as Director of Linked Learning (College & Career Pathways), effective July 1, 2011.
    Read the article...

  • Maria Hwang de Bravo: Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year


    Maria Hwang de Bravo, PLI Cohort 1, was recently promoted to Project Director III, Child Welfare and Attendance Unit, Division of Student Support Services at the Los Angeles County Office of Education and was named Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year.
    Read the article...

  • Aspire Capitol Heights Academy hosts blue ribbon ceremony

    Nate Monley, PLI Cohort 8, is in his 3rd year as principal at Aspire Capitol Heights Academy in Sacramento.  In 2010, the school was named a Federal Blue Ribbon School, a California Distinguished School, and earned the highest API for schools serving 75% or more high poverty students in Sacramento.
    Read the article...

  • UCLA Community School Appoints Leyda W. Garcia as Principal

    Leyda Garcia, PLI Cohort 7, has been appointed principal of the UCLA Community School.
    Read the article...

  • Marishka Nunez, PLI Cohort 10, was recently promoted to Director of Teacher Development at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.
    Read the article...

  • Jennifer Yoo, PLI Cohort 2, is starting her third year as Principal of Welby Way Charter Elementary and Gifted-high Ability Magnet Center, Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2002, she received the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award:
    Read the article...

  • Carlos Martinez, PLI Cohort 5, was recently appointed as the Field Coordinator in charge of overlooking all middle school after school program in the Los Angeles Unified School district.

  • Former Muir Assistant Tim Sippel Named Next John Muir Principal

    Timothy Sippel, PLI Cohort 4, has been promoted to Principal at Muir High School at Pasadena Unified School District.
    Read the article...

  • Brandon Cohen Honored with Valuing Diversity Award

    Brandon Cohen, PLI Cohort 6, Principal of Downtown Business Magnet in Los Angeles, was chosen for the Valuing Diversity Award by the Association of California School Administrators  (ACSA).
    Read the article...

  • Glendora Children's Center

    Vasthi Calvache, PLI Cohort 12, founded a new preschool in Glendora, California.
    Visit the school's website...

  • Synergy Charter Academy Named the Best Urban Elementary School by NCUST

    Randy Palisoc, PLI Cohort 4, co-founded Synergy Charter Academy after graduating from PLI. The school won a national award in 2013 and was named the Best Urban Elementary School in America by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).
    Read the article...
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