Programs for Visiting Education Leaders

Why UC Berkeley’s Programs for Visiting Education Leaders?

The Leadership Programs at UC Berkeley's School of Education offers a variety of Programs for Visiting Education Leaders (PVEL). Designed collaboratively by academic experts and successful PreK-University leaders, sessions combine innovation and research with proven techniques for translating theory into practice. Participants deepen their understanding of equity-based leadership practices through a variety of learning experiences, each tailored to meet the participants' unique professional development goals. In addition, by incorporating visits with Leadership Programs alumni, staff and local school leaders, domestic and international participants are able to learn about the Berkeley School of Education's core principles and practices for leadership development while networking with similarly-situated colleagues.

Program Offerings

Learning Exchanges

The purpose of a Learning Exchange is to create an opportunity for joint learning and dialogue about school leadership between Leadership Programs alumni and visiting education leaders. Highlights include visiting exemplar schools and meeting innovative leaders.

Leadership and Innovative Learning Institute

The purpose of the Leadership and Innovative Learning Institute is to learn about innovative teaching practices in the US and how leaders can support and nurture innovation in their own educational setting. Highlights may include presentations from the Bay Area Writing Project, the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Academic Talent Development Program as well as visits to a science museum.

Educational Leadership Preparation Seminar

The purpose of the Educational Leadership Preparation Seminar is to learn how the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) trains aspiring school leaders. Highlights include visiting class and meeting current faculty and students.

Survey of School Leadership in the US Seminar

The purpose of the Survey of School Leadership in the US Seminar is to provide an overview of the current issues in school leadership in the United States. Highlights include presentations from Berkeley School of Education faculty, school and district visits with Leadership Programs alumni, and experiential tours of local educational offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your program make travel arrangements?

No, we do not help groups make travel arrangements. Please visit the UC Berkeley Visitor Services and the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau websites for information on where to stay, transportation options, and top tourist sites.

Do you provide translation services?

We can arrange for translation for an additional fee.

What is included in the fees?

Generally the program fee covers sessions, instructional materials and refreshments. In some cases, lunch is provided. Program details can be customized to fit your group's needs.

How do I enroll in a program?

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