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Joint Advisory Council Meets for First Time to Receive Input from Graduates
The partnership between CEIS and local school districts has entered a new phase – joint meetings. On November 10, the joint advisory council met to discuss recruitment strategies and ways to enhance the programs’ effectiveness.
“For the first time, our advisory councils have united to offer insights of regional challenges in educational leadership and research needs,” said Professor Betty Alford, co-director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. “We value our educational partners and the contributions the advisory council makes to continuous program improvement.”
The council is comprised of graduates serving as school district leaders along with the program faculty.
“Receiving feedback from our graduates is vitally important,” said Anthony Dalessi, coordinator of the Administrative Leadership Program. “We need to ensure that we’re providing pertinent, relevant and practical experiences throughout the program to meet the hiring needs of school districts in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.”
Following brief remarks from CEIS Dean Jeff Passe and program faculty, council members participated in a table talk session.
“Outreach in both directions was an essential theme in our table talk session,” said Professor Richard Navarro, coordinator of graduate studies. "Not only for Cal Poly Pomona to be engaged and to serve as a resource to the community, but also for our district partners to engage more in our teacher preparation programs as well as our Administrative Leadership Program."
The council will continue to meet to inform districts about the implementation of the California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA), which is required to earn a Preliminary ASC beginning in 2019.
“Since the focus of the CalAPA process parallels with our fieldwork activities, we need to gather input from our council members as we tackle this new aspect of the administrative credentialing process,” Dalessi said.
Kathrine Shone, a graduate and district leader at Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) said, “I’m very honored to be called upon to be a part of this advisory council. If there’s anything that I can contribute in terms of continuing to enhance the strong relationship that has been built between the university and our district that would be great. Not only will it further develop and nurture our partnership, it will also benefit our students.”
The council also recognized Associate Professor Anthony Avina’s retirement and his contributions toward developing the Administrative Leadership Program in CEIS. “It was an honor to acknowledge Anthony’s extraordinary role in establishing our program over 15 years ago,” stated Dalessi. “His foresight, knowledge of our service area needs, and stature as a K-12 education leader has served this university well.”