Principal Leadership Institute Program Overview

UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute program (PLI) prepares educators to be social justice leaders in Los Angeles schools who:

  • Advocate for quality learning opportunities;
  • Improve teaching and learning;
  • Promote educational achievement for all students;
  • Create democratic and culturally-responsive learning environments;
  • Build partnerships with parents and community groups.

Through a 14-month program, the Principal Leadership Institute’s graduates become instructional leaders who understand what conditions are needed to promote rigorous, high quality learning. They become adult educators who support the development of teachers and staff, and they become community leaders who have the knowledge and commitment to forge partnerships with parents, grassroots community groups, civic leaders, and organized labor.

 

The PLI program runs from Summer 2021 through Summer 2022.
Students attend classes at UCLA while continuing to work with their schools and communities. Through coursework, students engage theory and recent research. Through field work in schools and communities, students grapple with critical questions of practice facing social justice educators.
The PLI program offers a tier-one administrative credential and a master’s degree in education.

We encourage applications from educators with:

  • Five or more years experience as a classroom teacher;
  • Experience working for educational justice with teachers;
  • Experience working for change alongside parents and community groups;
  • A commitment to Los Angeles youth and communities.

Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Alumni

For me, PLI represented a space in which leadership was discussed in its broadest sense as a manner in which to effect change in education, regardless of ‘position.’ I truly wanted to explore the actualization of social justice as it relates to teachers, students, parents and the community at large.

Leyda W. Garcia

Principal, UCLA Community School

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

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