Building leaders in schools

SAN BENITO — The development of current and future school district leaders is important to Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega.

Just recently, Vega implemented four new initiatives under what he calls leadership and instruction.

The instructional leadership academy, leadership prep academy, book club and teachers teaching teachers all have been established with success in mind. The leadership prep academy, according to Vega, is where the support for staff and aspiring leaders can grow.

Much like the other initiatives, teachers teaching teachers is also based on teamwork. Vega said this initiative is focused on collaboration and peer-to-peer work.

“This is where we bring all of our principals, assistant principals, deans and teachers together twice a month,” Vega said of the instructional leadership academy.

This initiative ensures that everyone is on the same page in the areas of training and focal points.

During last week’s school board meeting, several district employees gave their first-hand account about their experiences in these four new programs.

Rolando Diaz, principal at Judge Oscar De La Fuente Elementary, said the foundation of the leadership academy is collaboration in regards to having the principal, dean, assistant principal and teachers all participate.

“They don’t all participate at the same time but throughout the week we all hear the same message,” Diaz said. “When we get back to campus, we are able to disseminate that information to our staff.”

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