UCLA PLI Cohort 19

UCLA Principal Leadership Institute

Leading for Justice

The Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) trains and supports 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. The Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA has designed a rigorous 15 month program aligned with the California Administrative Professional Expectations (CAPEs) 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. The PLI utilizes the Reciprocal Learning Partnership Equity Framework.  

PLI Cohort 18 Collective Statement

We are social justice leaders.
We are committed to a Beloved Community built on justice, equity, and unconditional love.
We understand that connection requires recognition of names and faces— that’s when it becomes personal.
We nurture the capacities of individuals and we leverage the assets of communities.

We are social justice leaders.
We recognize that learning is social.
We value student voice and celebrate the whole student
We challenge “deficit ideology” and “labeling” systems put into place by the dominant culture.

We are social justice leaders.
We approach our communities with unconditional love.
We see the assets and “funds of knowledge” in the various cultures and backgrounds of the families we serve.
We position the school as a social center, committed to democratic education and the common good of the community.

We are social justice leaders.
We understand that the fight against racial oppression is enduring and long lasting and that “every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle.”
We will provide a space of radical resistance for those from the margins.
We will identify and confront inequities that exist within the school system and community to bring about equitable change.

We are social justice leaders.
We believe in education for liberation.

The PLI Experience

UCLA Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) in the News

UCLA Department of Education Rated Number One in US News & World Report Rankings

“We are humbled by this recognition,” says Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. “It is a tribute to the extraordinary collective work of our world-renowned scholars, our amazing staff, and our students — the next generation of engaged, optimist Bruins taking their GSE&IS tools to make the world a better place. While it is important to keep these rankings in perspective, we are both gratified and grateful for the honor.”

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Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Alumni

In PLI, I gained the knowledge, skills and professional networks I needed to achieve self-actualization and become the social justice leader my students and community need and deserve.

Jose Luis Navarro IV

LAUSD Local District Northeast Support Coordinator

PLI is a pedagogic space like none that I have encountered – a transformative one – that nurtured my mind and pushed me to grow as an instructional leader. I joined a collective group of caring educators eager to transform schools and left the program with a strong network of lifelong friends, along with a comprehensive set of foundational skills to support our youth and communities in relevant and purposeful ways.

Danya Villanueva

Reading Intervention Teacher, Mt. Vernon Elementary School