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21st Century California School Leadership Academy

Information regarding California's 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21 CSLA).

California Education Code Section 44690(c)(1) directs the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) to establish a process to organize and offer professional learning opportunities and to select providers of high-quality professional learning for administrators and other school leaders. These providers will apply for grants in a manner that ensures the availability of professional learning through the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21 CSLA), free of charge, to local educational agencies that receive federal Title II funds on a statewide basis.

Information regarding the 21 CLSA program is provided below. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available. If you would like to be notified when new information is available, please join the California Department of Education (CDE) 21 CSLA listserv by sending a blank email message to join-21csla@mlist.cde.ca.gov.


Program Authorization

Senate Bill 75 and the 2019–20 California State Budget: 21 CSLA Excerpt
The 2019–20 California State Budget authorized $13.8 million ongoing federal funds to establish the 21 CSLA.

Schedule of Significant Events

This schedule will be updated with additional detail as it is developed through the stakeholder engagement process. Subscribers to the 21 CSLA listserv will be notified when the schedule is updated with new information.

Date Event
August–September 2019 Stakeholder engagement activities
November 2019 Request for Applications available
November–December 2019 Technical assistance provided to applicants
January 2020 Proposals due
February 2020 Final awards
March 1, 2020 21 CSLA program start date

Supporting Documents

CSLA Program Overview External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
The California School Leadership Academy was established by SB 813 in 1983 and administered by the CDE until 2003. The CSLA delivered statewide administrator leadership training focused on teaching and learning so that each and every student could meet or exceed standards. This document, prepared by the California Comprehensive Center, provides an overview of that program.

Professional Learning for School Leaders Literature Review External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This document, prepared by the California Comprehensive Center, provides a review of current research regarding professional learning for school leaders as well as information regarding current California supports for leaders and high quality professional learning.

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | 21CSLA@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Friday, August 2, 2019
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