Transformative Teacher Leadership

In this module, teachers will explore transformative leadership principles and use these to identify and challenge inequitable beliefs, practices, and/or policies in their school contexts. Participants will engage in processes to determine an equity issue of concern at their site and develop an action plan to address that issue. As participants explore issues of leadership, they will hear from current leaders as they reflect on their learning in leading school improvement efforts.

As participants will be thinking through an equity issue at their school site, we encourage participants to come having thought about possible equity concerns they wish to explore. For participants who took the Measuring What Matters: Using Data to Advance Equity module, the equity issue that resulted from your data analysis could be an option for focus.

During the module, participants will explore what it means to be a teacher leader and how to lead for equity and social justice.

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. 

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 the University of California, 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

  • Session 1: Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:00–12:00
  • Session 2: Thursday, October 6, 2022, 4:30–6:45
  • Session 3: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 4:30–6:45
  • Session 4: Thursday, November 3, 2022, 4:30–6:45
  • Session 5: Thursday, December 1, 2022, 4:30–6:45

This module meets online via Zoom. All meeting times are in Pacific time.

Who Should Participate

Participants in this module should be engaged in teacher leadership at their school site or district. You do not need to be in the teacher leader certificate program to participate. 


  • $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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