The Leadership Development Department provides opportunities and supports for aspiring, new, and existing leaders. The Fresno Unified Leadership Standards provide the framework for the professional learning. Our work is to create a pipeline for certificated employees to develop leadership capacity to be successful in both informal and formal roles. For information on the Leadership Standards, please see the attached document. Leadership Standards Placemat.pdf
Julie Severns, Ed.D., Administrator Leadership Development(559) 457-3656
Aspiring Administrators ProgramThis leadership development opportunity is intended to support current Fresno Unified employees who have completed a university course of study and hold a preliminary credential but have not yet moved into a formal leadership role. The monthly sessions and related leadership opportunities provide experiences and collaborative learning opportunities to ensure aspiring leaders are knowledgeable about current efforts in the district. Interested employees should contact Leadership Development for additional information.
Leadership Preparation ProgramAlso known as the Leadership Cohort, is a partnership between Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) and California State University, Fresno (CSUF) to prepare future leaders. Participants complete a 34 unit graduate level program, earn a Master’s Degree in Education and an Administrative Credential in an intensive, condensed one year program that runs from June through May. The coursework is aligned with current areas of focus within the district and is taught primarily by site and district leaders. Participants must be current Fresno Unified employees who are selected through an interview process. See attached flyer for additional information.
Factsheet Leadership Cohort 17-18.pdf
New Leader Induction SupportAll new site leaders receive support to ensure a successful induction. In addition to regular structures of professional learning, new leaders are assigned an Administrative Coach and participate in professional learning specific to their needs including an on-ramping session, networking opportunities, and targeted professional learningg. Fresno Unified administrators who need to clear their Administrative Credential have the option of participating in the California Administrative Services Credential (CASC) program in partnership with the Fresno County Office of Education. See attached flyers for additional information and contact Julie Severns for enrollment.CASC brochure.pdf
CASC Candidate Flyer.pdf
Administrative CoachingCurrent site and district administrators have the opportunity to provide coaching support to new administrators in a two year induction process. Site and department leaders are involved in various professional learning structures that support them in their positions. One responsibility of the Leadership Development Department is to continue the pipeline approach to developing administrators in Fresno Unified by providing growth opportunities for existing leaders. Through administrative coaching and leading professional learning, successful leaders are able to share their expertise and experience with aspiring and new leaders. New leaders have regular support and opportunities to engage in collaborative learning with their coach. See attached CASC Coaching flyer and application if interested in supporting a new leader in the process of clearing their Administrative Credential.
Coach Application_fillable.pdfCASC Coaching.pdf
Emerging Leader ProgramThe newly developed program is designed to support Co-Administrators interested in moving into a principal position by developing Instructional Leadership and facilitation of collaborative teams. The program structure starts in the summer and runs through the year with a summer induction, monthly professional learning, web-based tutorials, on-site observation, coaching sessions, and applied learning assignments. Participants must be current Fresno Unified Vice Principals or Guidance Learning Advisors with two years of experience who are selected through an application process.