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Leadership Academy

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Leadership Academy is one way that the Human Resources Department strives to reach its goal to “integrate, elevate, and celebrate” all employees.

Over time, the Leadership Academy has grown to offer five leadership pathways for classified, certificated, and management employees. Each of the pathways support PYLUSD Strategic Plan Initiative 2.4 to “develop and implement comprehensive professional development for instructional leaders, teachers and support staff.”

Participants in any of the Leadership Academy pathways benefit from the opportunity to study literature and discuss leadership practices. They also learn more about themselves when they take a self-assessment inventory and consider their strengths in the context of team building, leadership development and conflict resolution.  

Following is a list that highlights the unique components of each leadership pathway.  

Aspiring Leader Program
Aspiring leaders job shadow two different administrators in their 1st year and propose and serve in a 40 hour internship during their 2nd year. They are provided support in developing a resume and job application and participate in a mock interview with a constructive feedback session.  

Target Group:
15 – 25 teachers 
Program Length: 2 years (3 meetings each year)


Classified Leadership Seminar
Classified employees explore the key leadership strands of Personal Mastery, Building Teams and Building People, Change Leadership, Decision Making, and Values. The curriculum blends both theory and practice, as well as provides an opportunity for professional collaboration and discussions.  

Target Group: 25-30 classified employees and classified managers 
Program Length: 1 year (7 meetings) 


Certificated Leadership Seminar  
Teacher leaders explore the key leadership strands of Personal Mastery, Building Teams and Building People, Change Leadership, Decision Making, and Values.    The curriculum blends both theory and practice, as well as provides an opportunity for professional collaboration and discussions.  

Target Group:
25-30 teachers 
Program Length: 1 year (7 meetings)


Assistant Principal Leadership Seminar 
Assistant principals benefit from working in collaborative teams to review real time scenarios and formulate their answers on strategies from the literature they read.  Participants also grow from the support they receive from each other and the district as they explore leadership challenges and opportunities at their schools.

Target Group: Assistant principals 
Program Length: 1 year (7 meetings each year)


Management Leadership Seminar
Site and district administrators meet together in small groups to discuss topics that are relevant to the district values of Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation.  They also benefit from the opportunity for renewed and closer connections for mentoring between experienced leaders and new or emerging leaders.

Target Group: 220 site and district administrators 
Program Length: Every year (8 meetings each year)


“It is our expectation that these dynamic, high-quality professional development strategies facilitate life-long habits of learning in our employees to benefit our students’ ongoing success and our overall organizational excellence. This is the PYL way!” shared PYLUSD Superintendent, Dr. Greg Plutko.