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Leading for Justice

PLI Graduation The 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 PLI 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.


PLI Cohort 13!


 Photos by Joseph Condé

PLI Cohort 13 began their journey of Leading for Justice with a retreat on June 23 at UCLA. We look forward to an interesting 15 months of learning with you!



Featured Student Portfolio:
Roberto Gonzalez '10


Roberto Gonzalez

The primary purpose of my fieldwork project will be to work on my practice as an emerging school leader in the areas of curriculum and school wide professional development that places student literacy development and learning at the center of all school relationships. Some secondary questions that I would like to address are: How can student literacy become embedded in a school culture that does not value literacy approaches in content area classes? What are the most important components for supporting academic and literacy development in FBB and BB students? How can student voice be incorporated to frame a school wide discussion around the importance of writing across the curriculum?


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