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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 CSLA 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 CDE 21 CSLA listserv by sending a blank email message to join-21csla@mlist.cde.ca.gov.


Stakeholder Engagement

The CDE and the CCEE invite stakeholders to provide input on “critical areas” of professional learning through the 21 CSLA in September and October 2019 through webinars and a stakeholder survey.

Webinars

The 21 CSLA stakeholder webinars took place on September 16, 19, and 20, 2019. During these sessions, the audience was provided an overview of 21 CSLA and asked to provide input on “critical areas” for professional learning for principals and other school leaders. The intended audience for the input sessions were school and district administrators at all levels, county office staff, statewide and local educational agencies and organizations, and other interested stakeholders.

Stakeholder Input Survey

Please provide input on “critical areas” for professional learning for principals and other school leaders through the 21 CSLA Stakeholder Input Survey External link opens in new window or tab.. The survey will close on October 25, 2019.

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–October 2019 Stakeholder engagement activities
December 2019 Request for Applications available
December 2019–January 2020 Technical assistance provided to applicants
January 2020 Applications due
February 2020 Final awards
March 2020 21 CSLA program start date

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.

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: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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