Introduction to Social Justice Leadership

Introduction to Social Justice Leadership is designed for teachers across the Bay Area who wish to explore the building blocks of teacher leadership. Applying these foundational skills, participants will reflect upon their leadership journeys and examine how they support the implementation of culturally responsive pedagogical practices and professional learning opportunities to increase outcomes for underserved students.

In this four week offering, participants will explore what it means to be a teacher leader for social justice. Participants will co-construct a definition of equity, and reflect on their beliefs and values to articulate their stance towards educational leadership. Through this lens, participants will analyze and assess classroom routines, and schoolwide systems and grapple with how they can facilitate equitable change from their unique leadership positions.

This online program includes a required 12 hours of synchronous course time (via Zoom), in addition to an estimated eight hours to complete assignments asynchronously. In order to receive the full benefit of this module participants are expected to fully participate in all activities. Professional development/CEU credits are available for optional purchase. Note: This program is not approved for course credit through the UC Berkeley Graduate Division and therefore does not count towards degree programs.


Richard Zapien coordinates the California Computer Science Project (CCSP) in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District and the Kapor Center. The mission of the CCSP is to share best practices with a diverse network of K-12 educators across California to create the structures and systems necessary to provide all students with equitable, and socially responsible computer science (CS) education.

Richard also teaches in the 21CSLA and Leadership Programs at UC Berkeley.

Prior to his work at Berkeley, Mr. Zapien had a long career as a public school educator serving as a teacher, Principal, and Program Administrator of the Multilingual Pathways Department in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Session Calendar and Content

  • Session 1 (Thursday, June 9, 2pm–5pm): Articulating a leadership stance for equity and social justice
  • Session 2 (Thursday, June 16, 2pm–5pm): Equity in the classroom
  • Session 3 (Thursday, June 23, 2pm–5pm): Assessing for equity at the school level
  • Session 4 (Thursday, June 30, 2pm–5pm): Leveraging your sphere of influence to enact equitable change

This module meets online via Zoom for 12 hours total.

Who Should Participate

Teacher Leaders, Teachers on Special Assignment, Department or Grade Level Chairs

Participants in this module should be engaged in teacher leadership at their school site or district. Some examples of teacher leadership include, but are not limited to:

  • ILT, SSC, COST, data team member
  • Union leader
  • Grade level/department chair
  • Teacher Coach (Induction, instructional, new teachers, other)
  • Facilitator of professional learning communities (PLC), or communities of practice (CoP)
  • Teacher on Special Assignment/Specialist


  • $750 
  • 1 CEU is available at an additional cost of $55.
  • If you are a Bay Area teacher leader at an eligible school or district, you may apply for 21CSLA sponsorship and participate for free! (CEU not included.)


Please note the steps in the registration and sponsorship application:

  • Step 1: Register here.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email with a link for the 21CSLA sponsorship application.
  • Step 3 (optional): Complete the 21CSLA sponsorship application if you wish to be considered for full sponsorship for this course.


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