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21st Century California School Leadership Academy

North Bay/North Coast Region

The 21CSLA is an opportunity for teacher leaders, site leaders, and central office leaders to engage in high-quality professional learning that seeks to help education leaders create equitable systems of learning for California students.

The Sonoma Regional Academy’s efforts are led by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) and serves the five counties of Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma in the North Bay/North Coast region of the state. The Regional Academy offers three strands of professional learning that are designed to be engaging and to meet the needs of leaders in the region.

The three professional learning strands are:

  • Communities of Practice: Communities of Practice (CoPs) are small, sustained, and role-alike professional learning cohorts grounded in leadership for equity and improvement science. CoP offerings are aligned to the priority topics of equity, continuous improvement, and distance/digital learning. CoPs are designed to serve three distinct groups: Teacher leaders, Site leaders, and District leaders.
  • Professional Learning: Professional learning opportunities are designed to provide participants with content that addresses localized needs that inform site-based problems of practice in equity leadership. All professional learning opportunities are aligned to the Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS).
  • Leadership Coaching: Individualized coaching that is built on relational trust, aligned to the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) and focused on equity-centered problems of practice using continuous improvement principles to help leaders improve their practice.

Counties in the North Bay/North Coast Region

North Bay Counties

During the 2020-21 year the North Bay/North Coast Region has served approximately 180 participants through its professional learning offerings!


Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are small, sustained, and role-alike professional learning cohorts grounded in leadership for equity and improvement science.

CoPs are designed to serve three distinct groups:

  • Teacher leaders: Instructional/reading/EL coaches, teachers in charge, coordinators, classroom teachers, community PTA/ELAC liaisons, department chairs, etc.
  • Site leaders: Principals and co-administrators (assistant/vice/associate principals, deans, coordinators, counselors, etc.)
  • District leaders: Assistant/associate superintendents, principals/superintendents, directors, coordinators, superintendents, etc.

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Current/Past Offerings


Professional Learning

Professional learning opportunities are designed to deepen , informed by regional needs and local input, that complements and is aligned to the offerings developed by 21CSLA. All professional learning opportunities are aligned to the Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS).

Participants will engage in 12 hours of professional learning during a given module. Learning opportunities may be delivered in a hybrid — virtual and in-person — manner. In-person sessions will be in accordance with public health safety guidance. Modules will be offered between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

Click here to show your interest and receive updates about upcoming professional learning offerings.

Current/Past Offerings


Individualized Leadership Coaching

Highly-skilled school leadership is a key predictor of student achievement and critical to successful improvement efforts for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools. Leadership coaching is an effective form of professional learning because it is rooted in principles of adult learning and driven by the needs and context of the leader. It results in reflective, resourceful practitioners with agency to propel their own professional growth and capacity for transformational change.

Individualized coaching that is built on relational trust, aligned to the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) and focused on equity-centered problems of practice using continuous improvement principles to help leaders improve their practice. Coaches also support leaders with system transformation and help participants seek root causes, connections, and relationships in order to eliminate the predictability of outcomes based on social or cultural identity markers, to ensure all children fulfill their potential to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.

Participants will receive a minimum of 25 hours of leadership coaching with an equity-explicit approach that includes a 360 degree feedback process. Coaching sessions may be held virtually or in-person — in accordance with public health safety guidance. Coaching sessions will be offered between September 2021-June 2022.

Click here to show your interest and receive updates when the coaching process begins.

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