State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Monday announced the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy grant award winners, including the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Los Angeles Education Partnership.

The county’s Office of Education and the Los Angeles Education Partnership are among seven recipients of the competitive CSLA grant. They will receive federal funds to provide professional learning opportunities for administrators and other school leaders from educational agencies that receive federal Title II funds on a statewide basis.

“Congratulations to the CSLA awardees, who will provide professional learning that will have a positive impact on California’s six million students,” Thurmond said. “One of the keys of student success, next to classroom teachers, are effective principals who commit to high standards and a schoolwide vision that helps all students.”

The original California School Leadership Academy was established by Senate Bill (SB) 813 in 1983 and administered by the California Department of Education until 2003. In 2019, SB 75 directed the CDE and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence 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.

The University of California, Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute will serve as the 21st Century CSLA Center, overseeing the statewide work of the seven regional academies.

Other 21st Century CSLA Regional Academies include: Chico State Enterprises; the Madera County Superintendent of Schools; the Sacramento County Office of Education; and the Sonoma County Office of Education.

The grant awards are for a three-year period with an opportunity for an extension.

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