The program is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Office of Education. You must be a full-time employee of the district to be eligible.
Designed to empower candidates with the skills and dispositions needed to become instructional leaders. Candidates become critical consumers of education research to inform and shape instructional programs. Connections are made clear between standards-based teaching and the use of a comprehensive assessment system, in the context of a collaborative culture focused in data. Candidates explore scheduling and grouping strategies, intervention programs, and scheduling options. Candidates learn the key elements of effective instruction, both in terms of the content and the teaching methods, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of diverse learners. Candidates learn strategies and practices for supporting teacher development, including walk-throughs, coaching, team observations, and instructional analysis. Candidates match the assessed needs of their students, teachers, and their schools to inform their school plans and to provide well-designed professional development. This course emphasizes focusing on barriers to learning such as discriminatory practices, personal and institutional bias, and steps to minimize or eliminate those barriers. Additionally, as candidates take a closer look at developing a coherent instructional program, they focus on ensuring equitable access, recognizing discriminatory practices, and eliminating bias.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Develop a vision for teaching and Learning for the school that is constant with LEA’s overall vision and goals
- Implement K-12 standards, pedagogical skills, effective instructional practices, and student assessments for content instruction
- Understand and manage the complex interaction of all of the school’s systems to promote teaching and learning