The PLI co-director was recognized for nurturing equity-driven school leaders. “The fact that so many students from marginalized backgrounds fail to enroll and persist in college has served as the motivation driving my research”
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.
How is PLI leading for justice?
Alumni Speak About PLI
UCLA Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) in the News
UCLA’s Department of Education has been featured among the top three graduate education schools in the nation, according to an annual survey by U.S. News and World Report. UCLA is the only UC – and one of only three West Coast schools – in the top ten.
“I am very honored to get the recognition, and I’m happy that my school gets an award, too,” Yom said. “I genuinely think that it is my students who have made me what I am. It is them who make me shine.”
Over the last four years, all of Yom’s calculus students at Lincoln High School have passed the AP exam, nearly all of them earning maximum credit on the test.
The fight to include ALL students, regardless of where they are from or what language they speak, is clearly a cause worth fighting for as it affects scholars not only here in the United States but around the world.
– Miguel Espinoza (PLI Cohort 12), Principal of Chrysler Elementary School in Modesto, California
Washington Middle School moves forward to become award-winning school led by Principal Mario Carlos (PLI Cohort 3)
Since his arrival eight years ago, Carlos has worked to change the culture at Washington. “It is our moral imperative at Washington Middle School that we instill in our students the personal responsibility and love for learning, this way they can reach their full potential for a successful life.”
The PLI program grooms principals to capitalize on teachers’ strengths and provides peer support for school leaders to lead for justice. Principals and administrators who are graduates of PLI carry the concept of equity and access toward leading their teachers as well as ensuring it for their students