UCLA Principal Leadership Institute in the News

Mina Shiratori

Remembering our friend and colleague – Mina Shiratori

Mina left an indelible mark on all who knew her. Her enthusiasm, hope and love for those she served was contagious. PLI honors her life by continuing to embrace her spirit of hope, care, and joy. As we mourn her loss, we also celebrate what she gave to us, an unwavering commitment to equity, an infectious smile that immediately made one feel a sense of belonging, and a creative spirit.

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Long Beach Commission Women and Girls

Congratulations to Vanessa Mosqueda, PLI Cohort 22

Congratulations to Vanessa Mosqueda on her appointment to the District 5 seat on the Long Beach Commission for Women and Girls, a commission with the commitment to advocating and advancing the well-being of Long Beach women and girls.

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Sid Thompson

Remembering our friend and colleague Sidney Thompson, 1931 – 2023

His legacy speaks to everything we work to embody in our program, he was an innovative leader who disrupted systems to make change, he was a trailblazer being the first African American Superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and most importantly he was driven by his strong belief in the power of young people.

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PLI and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools Celebration

The UCLA Principal Leadership Institute and the Partnership for LA Schools celebrated their ongoing collaboration to prepare the next generation of school leaders.  The two organizations have worked together since 2015 to build a better future for LA Area schools and the students and communities they serve, with funding from the Nicholas Endowment.

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New Grant to Build Pipeline of Middle School Teachers and Leaders

We’ve been awarded a five-year grant to build a pipeline of well-prepared middle school teachers and leaders with the knowledge and skills to serve in high-need schools and further positive outcomes for middle school students. This collaborative partnership project is intentionally interdisciplinary, with a focus on racial and cultural literacy and adolescent literacy.  

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Nancy Parachini and Tonikiaa Orange: New Roles for PLI Leadership

After leading the Principal Leadership Institute for 16 years, Dr. Nancy Parachini has been named as the inaugural executive director of School Leadership Projects and International Partnerships. Dr. Tonikiaa Orange will take the helm as director of the Principal Leadership Institute.

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Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School: A Community School That Honors Its Neighborhood’s Legacy of Educational Justice

This Learning Policy Institute Brief focuses on a high-performing community school in East Los Angeles led by PLI faculty & graduate Mauro Bautista. The brief details the structures and practices that create the conditions for deep engagement, shared leadership, and a school culture that combines rigorous and engaging academics in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

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Leading for Justice

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