The first group of educators to receive administrative
credentials through the San Diego County Office of Education Preliminary
Administrative Services Credential Program celebrated the milestone June 20 by
showing off their work and networking with superintendents.
The symposium was a way to not only recognize the
accomplishment of completing the 15-month program, but also a chance for them
to explore employment options with their new skills and credential. The 27
teachers from throughout the county were able to hand out their resume, chat
with superintendents and display the action research they did as one of the seven
courses in the program.
The program was designed for teachers looking to move into
a school leadership role, primarily as a school principal.
Participants said they were pleased with the results.
“The SDCOE Tier I program has given me strategies and skills
to move beyond being a managerial leader to being an instructional leader,”
said Jalyn Hall, one of the first group to receive the credentials.
At the symposium, superintendents gave the teachers advice
about life as a successful administrator and what they’re looking for in a principal as
part of a panel discussion.
The first cohort started the program in March 2013. Since
then there have been two other cohorts, and a fourth will start this fall. The
number of educators looking to apply continues to grow as the program builds a reputation for providing rigorous preparation focused on
instructional leadership, said Dan Wolfson, who
oversees the program.
The credentialing program was created with the help of input
from local superintendents with a focus on instructional leadership and the characteristics and skills they were looking for in administrators, as well as a way to cultivate leaders from within their districts.
“The program was developed to meet the needs of the
superintendents,” Wolfson said.