UCLA PLI Cohort 19

UCLA 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 15-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 2019 through Summer 2020.
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.

Leading for Justice

Upcoming Events

Mon 26
Sep 14
Sep 25

Contact

Nataly Birch, Program Coordinator
(310) 267-4905
The application filing period for the 2020-21 academic year will open in September 2019 and will close on February 3, 2020.

Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Alumni

PLI has been the ultimate transformational experience for my development as a social justice leader. The theoretical frameworks and discussions around equity and access provided me with resources that I could use immediately. The mentoring and encouragement have been so valuable; I owe my success as an administrator to PLI. I tell every aspiring administrator that there is no other place to do this work, UCLA PLI and nothing else!

Kenya Williams

Assistant Principal at University Pathways Public Service Academy High School

PLI helped prepare me as a social justice leader to work effectively in urban settings with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The PLI faculty and staff have provided me with the necessary tools to become an agent of change to dismantle/transform systems that are in place that marginalize our students, parents, and the community that we serve.

Francisco Jimenez

Assistant Principal at Jaime Escalante Elementary School

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