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Title II, Part A, Administrator Training Program

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

August 29, 2012

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the opportunity for local educational agencies (LEAs) and direct-funded charter schools to apply for federal Title II funds for the Administrator Training Program (ATP) to provide training for principals and assistant/vice principals. The Title II online application for ATP funding is available on the CDE Administrator Training Web page at


The 2012 California State Budget authorized a portion of federal Title II, Part A funds to be used for the ATP. The ATP, with its use of State Board of Education-approved training providers, meets the requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of increasing student academic achievement through strategies to improve principal quality and effectiveness. This training ensures the leadership, infrastructure, and support for full implementation of effective instructional programs.

The six areas of training included in the ATP are:

  • School financial and personnel management
  • Core academic standards
  • Curriculum frameworks and instructional materials
  • The use of pupil assessment instruments, specific ways of mastering the use of assessment data from the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, and school management technology to improve pupil performance
  • Instructional leadership and management strategies
  • Extension of the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in the preliminary administrative preparation program

Application for Local Educational Agencies Administrator Training Program Funding

A school district, direct-funded charter school, or county office of education may apply for funding by completing the online application available on the Management System for Administrator Training (MSfAT) Web site at External link opens in new window or tab. . The instructions for completing the online application are available on the CDE ATP Instructions Web page at

Training Requirements and Funding

To receive funding, the LEA must assure that each principal and assistant/vice principal for whom funding has been received completes 80 hours of institute training and 80 hours of practicum within the grant period of September 1, 2012, to September 1, 2014. An initial payment of 50 percent of the grant award will be issued once all required documentation is received. A second payment of 50 percent will be issued once all 160 hours of training, required for both the institute (80 hours) and practicum (80 hours), and online survey are completed and entered into the MSfAT. Reporting training requirements for the program will be made through an online Web-based management system that will enable LEAs to access, report, and validate data. The first step in using this management system will be through the online application for funding.

Use of State Board of Education-Approved Training Providers

LEAs are required to use State Board of Education-approved training providers. A list of providers is on the MSfAT Web site at External link opens in new window or tab. .

If you have any questions regarding program issues, please contact Judy Sinclair, Education Programs Consultant, Title II Leadership Office, by phone at 916-323-5846 or by e-mail at

If you have any questions regarding fiscal issues, please contact Jonathan Mortimer, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Administrative and Fiscal Services Office, by phone at 916-323-4805 or by e-mail at




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