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 Principals Gather for Leadership Institute

​School administrators from throughout the county met at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) this week to learn how to strengthen their ability to develop systems that support improved teaching and learning.

A group of 75 administrators started the five-day Principal Leadership Institute July 30 and 31. They will return in October to reinforce what they have learned and continue the conversations. In January and February, the same group will visit school sites to apply their learning.

“We want to deepen their understanding and put into place systems that create high levels of learning,” said Guido Magliato, principal-in-residence for SDCOE’s District and School Improvement unit.

Most of the participants are principals, though some are assistant principals or district administrators.

Ron Pirayoff, principal at Oceanside High School, said he wanted to attend the institute to grow as an educational leader and learn from the experience and knowledge of other principals.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” he said. “Every educator should take advantage of opportunities for learning, reflection, dialogue, and networking.”

What he learned July 30 and 31 will alleviate a lot of stress in the upcoming school year because it will help him create a clear leadership plan, he said.

It’s particularly helpful for newer administrators to have a chance to learn from more experienced ones, said Elly Campbell, vice principal at King-Chavez Primary School.

“It has been a really good experience,” she said. “We’re getting concrete tools to take back to our site.”

The institute builds understanding of instructional leadership practices that enable school leaders to encourage a culture that results in accelerated learning for students as well as employees.

“This is inspiring for us, which hopefully will translate into us inspiring our staff,” said Gerry Guevara, principal at King-Chavez Primary School.