Design for Leadership
Girard Foundation worked with four local districts (Escondido Union, Poway Unified, San Dieguito Union, San Marcos Unified) to identify and implement organizational changes that would allow school principals to shift their focus from administrative duties to the job of being a “leader of learning.” The project ran between 2003-2006. Specific changes made by the districts included: delagating more responsibilities to teacher leaders and administrative assistants, computerizing administrative support systems and creating professional support networks for the principals
Principals Development Partnership
The Foundation took a lead role in creating a countywide collaborative of universities, school districts and the San Diego County Office of Education interested in improving the preparation of school principals. The program ran between 2000-2004. Key outcomes of the initiative: major changes to local administrative credentialing programs were made, over 70 aspiring principals completed an intensive two-week field experience, and the SDCOE expanded its leadership development services.
Principals Executive Program
Created in collaboration with UCSD, the Principals Executive Program (1997-2002) gave experienced school principals an opportunity visit a local businesses and community organizations and to be exposed to management concepts from leaders outside the educational world. Over 165 principals from around the county completed the program, which received consistently positive reviews from participants and their superintendents.