The California Rural Superintendent-Principal’s Academy (CRSPA) is a statewide opportunity designed especially for those in the unique, combined administrative role of Superintendent-Principal (SP). This academy guides participants to engage in authentic dialogue, inquiry, and networking, in order to build capacity as rural leaders.
This is a comprehensive one-year professional learning program focusing on topics as diverse as working with school board members to school/district finance, to Special Education. Participants will gain skills and foster community through face-to-face meetings, online (synchronous and asynchronous) collaboration, and coaching/mentoring. It all kicks off in Humboldt County with a three-day intensive Summer Leadership Institute in August 2018 that will lay the foundation for a productive year of growth and inspiration.
43% of the nation’s public schools are in rural communities and nearly one-third of America’s school-aged children attend public schools in these communities.
United States Department of Education (2003)
California has over 250 Superintendent/Principals and job turnover is high.
Small School District Association (2017)
A 2010 study of 90 Superintendent/Principals in Northern California revealed that over 54% had 5 or fewer years of service.
Geivett II, J.M. (2010)
Effective leadership of rural school districts can be very complex and challenging.
Canales, M. T., Tejeda-Delgado, C., & Slate, J. R. (2008)
Join us for Cohort 1 and the Summer Leadership Institute in Humboldt County
Apply for 2018-2019 (Cohort 1)
Applications accepted February 23-April 30, 2018
Selection/notification of CRSPA participants May 10, 2018
CRSPA Orientation via webinar May 15, 2018
Summer Leadership Institute for Cohort 1, Eureka, CA Aug. 2-4th, 2018
Monthly gatherings in Eureka CA or online Sep.8 2018-May, 2019
Final gathering in Eureka CA June 8, 2019
Timeline of Activities and Topics 2018-2019 (Cohort 1)
Summer Leadership Institute
HCOE, Eureka CA August 2nd-4th, 2018
September 8, 2018 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Parent Engagement in Rural Settings
October 13, 2018 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Employee Management and Disciplinary Action
November 10, 2018 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Data-Driven Decision Making
December 8, 2018 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Student & Teacher Recruitment and Retention
January 12, 2019 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Attendance at the Annual Small School Districts’ Association Conference.
A special track is being developed for SPs .February 2019
Date and Times TBA
School Finance and Grant Funding Small and Rural Schools/Districts
March 9, 2019 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
MTSS: Student Success in Rural and Remote Settings
April 13, 2019 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web
Superintendent/Principal as Community & Civic Leader
May 11, 2019 8:30-3:30 HCOE & Web Conference
Addressing and Identifying Fiscal Inequities
June 8, 2019 8:30-3:30 HCOE, Eureka CA
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