California Rural Superintendent/Principal's Academy


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Program overview

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.

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The need for SP support is widespread. In California’s smallest, most remote and rural schools Superintendent/Principals serve an essential function in their communities.

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 with a two-day intensive Summer Leadership Institute in August 2019 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 2019-2020 (Cohort 2)

CRSPA Application for Cohort 2 (2019-2020)

    (This is a requirement for participation in the academy)

Important Dates
Rolling admission for 2019/2020

Initial selection/notification of CRSPA participants May 10, 2019

CRSPA Orientation via Zoom May 20, 2019

Summer Leadership Institute for Cohort 2,   Aug. 1-2, 2019

Monthly gatherings Sep.14 2019-Jun., 2020

Final gathering in Eureka CA June 15-16, 2020


Timeline of Activities and Topics 2019-2020 (Cohort 2)



Monthly Activities


Summer Leadership Institute
Location TBA 
August 1-2, 2019


Monthly Zoom Hour 
September date TBA

Board Governance/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
October 11-12, 2019 9:00-3:30 Location TBA


Monthly Zoom Hour
November date TBA


Student & Teacher Recruitment and Retention/Managing School District Finances 
December 6-7, 2019 9:00-3:30 Location TBA


Monthly Zoom Hour
January date TBA


Special Education Legal Issues/MTSS: Student Success in Rural and Remote Settings
February 7-8, 2020 9:00-3:30 Location TBA

Monthly Zoom Hour
March date TBA


Attendance at Annual Small School Districts’ Association Conference
(CRSPA Cohort mtg. at  Conference location) Personnel Management/Writing an Effective LCAP
date TBA


Monthly Zoom Hour
May date TBA


Instructional Leadership/Community & Civic Leadership/Parent Engagement
June 15-16, 2020 8:30-3:30 HCOE, Eureka CA

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