The network offers leadership development opportunities that contribute to leaders' strengths, providing them with tools that result in increased retention and promotion rates.
The network provides resources to ensure strong schools and access to funding.
The network works to build advocacy capacity and strength resulting in diverse representation in influential spaces.
The network works to develop communities by fostering and nurturing relationships between school leaders, community members, and those in positions of power to amplify common issues facing schools, communities, and family.
California is among the most racially diverse states in the US, yet leadership positions at K-12 public schools tend to be disproportionately held by white educators. In fact, 60% of all California public school students are of color, while only 20% of administrators are of color.* Not only are diverse leaders important in showing children of color what is possible in their own futures, but numerous national research studies have shown the positive impact that teachers and leaders of color have on increasing academic achievement and decreasing disciplinary actions for all students.
* "Color" here refers to both students and leaders with African-American or Latinx backgrounds
"What motivated me to apply to the program is that I would have the opportunity to work with other leaders of color. Currently, for leaders of color (not just in charter schools but in any administrative role) it's really hard to come across successful leaders who have had the experience to implement these promising practices at their school site. This was an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders."