Program Framework

Overview of UC Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute

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Principal Leadership Institute
January 2020 | UC Berkeley
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The UC Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) website provides viewers with an overview of the vision, program design, and entrance requirements for a leadership preparation program with a focus on deeper learning and equity. The PLI relies on strong relationships with Bay Area school districts and maintains active communication with districts to facilitate field experiences, receive feedback on the program, and ensure a strong link between university coursework and urban school reality. The program lasts approximately 14 months. In the first seven-week summer session, classes meet four days a week. In fall and spring, classes meet nights and weekends. The final summer classes meet three afternoons a week for five weeks. The intensive program schedule is designed to provide rigorous content and multiple experiences in order to assure solid preparation for the role of administrator. Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience as a teacher or teacher leader, and be committed to vulnerable and historically underserved student populations. While urban experience is not a formal requirement, the application process looks for evidence of commitment to improving urban schools.

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