Most people think only of high school and college students having commencement ceremonies this time of the year. However, nearly five dozen educators from across Southern California graduate from the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) Program this spring through the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).
This rigorous, two-year program prepares experienced educators for the challenges of school leadership. The PASC credential qualifies graduates to serve in a variety of school administrative roles, which include principal, assistant principal, program coordinator, or librarian depending on the district.
This year, there are 57 program graduates from 25 different districts in Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Inyo counties. The graduation ceremony on May 26 is paired with a job fair to introduce the future administrators to district leaders and hiring managers.
There will also be a panel of local district superintendents, who will offer words of wisdom and share personal stories of leadership. Panel speakers are Carlsbad Unified Suzette Lovely, Oceanside Unified Superintendent Duane Coleman, Sweetwater Union Superintendent Karen Janney, La Mesa-Spring Valley Unified Superintendent Brian Marshall, and Vista Unified Superintendent Devin Vodicka.
"The PASC Program develops systems leaders who will go out from here and build high-performing schools that focus on powerful learning for our students," said Guido Magliato, program coordinator and principal-in-residence for SDCOE's Learning and Leadership Services division.
The program is built on SDCOE's Systems Leader Framework, which provides a common language for connecting how to lead a school with what makes an effective and trusted leader. The comprehensive leadership curriculum was developed by successful school principals with input from area superintendents and is aligned with California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE).