Lindsay Unified School District Superintendent, Janet Kliegl joins other administrators at an academy hosted jointly by University of California Educational Research Center and Region VII County Superintendents.
Diversity, lowering student drop-out rates and issues influencing school board members were among the topics addressed when about 20 Central Valley school district superintendents gathered for workshops in Fresno on June 28-29.
"The Superintendent in an Era of Accountability," was organized by the University of California Education Research Center (UCERC) under the guidance of a board of Directors comprised of California County Superintendents Educational service Association (CCSUSA) Region VII County Superintendents.
CCSESA Region VII offers school district superintendents from six counties (Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Fresno) an opportunity to reflect upon statewide education issues that have an impact on the Central Valley.
"This academy has offered us a rare opportunity to bring together Central Valley superintendents to discuss pertinent issues and share best practices," said Sally Frazier, Madera County Superintendent of schools and Region VII chair.
Academy sessions included "Leadership and Diversity: Fifty Years After Brown vs the Board of Education," "Issues Influencing School Board Members," "Dropping the Dropout Rate: Aggressively Stopping Students from Leaving School," and a look at the challenges ahead in a session called "The Good the Bad and the Ugly: What Every Superintendent Should Know in 2004."
"This event is also unique because we haven't had this kind of partnership with higher education in the past," said Frazier. "We really appreciate that UC recognized our regional efforts and asked for our assistance in hosting this event."
UCERC, managed by the UC Davis School of Education, provides educational research and expertise to advance knowledge about best practices in educational leadership and to assist district and school administrators to improve academic achievement in the Central Valley.
This academy is a first step in the University of California's efforts to assist educational leaders in the Central Valley.