Dr. Sablo Sutton has taught courses for the PLI since 2014 covering a wide range of leadership topics including School Supervision and Evaluation, Data for School Improvement, School Finance and Resources, and Fieldwork Practicum. In addition, Dr. Sablo Sutton coordinates programs for teacher leaders, works with local school districts to support practicing administrators, and facilitates professional learning workshops for PLI alumni. As part of the Chancellor’s Partnership Grant, Dr. Sablo Sutton supports the professional development of the Leaders of Color Network in Berkeley Unified School District. She coordinates the Change Makers project, a state-wide grant funded by the Stuart Foundation, designed to support school principals and combat leader burnout.
Dr. Sablo Sutton also serves as an international consultant on projects focused on school-wide improvement efforts. Most recently, she worked with administrators and teachers to implement a Pedagogical Mentoring reform initiative in Santiago, Chile, at the Universidad de Diego Portales.
Prior to joining the PLI, Soraya Sablo Sutton worked in San Leandro Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District as a teacher, instructional coach, and elementary principal for over a decade. In Oakland Unified, she served on the design team for the Small Schools Initiative. In San Leandro Unified, Dr. Sablo Sutton led district-wide equity-focused professional learning for teachers and administrators. Dr. Sablo Sutton is a graduate of the Principal Leadership Institute, Cohort 13.
Refereed Journal Publications
Sablo Sutton, S., Cuellar, C., Gonzalez, P., & Espinosa, M. J. (2022). Pedagogical Mentoring in Chilean Schools: An Innovative Approach to Teachers’ Professional Development. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. 11(1), Feb/Mar 2022.
Sablo Sutton, S. (2021). Introduction: Staying in the Work. In Sablo Sutton, S. (Guest Editor) Voices of Collective Resilience. Schools: Studies on Education. University of Chicago Press. Spring 2021.
Sablo Sutton, S. & Gong, N. (2021). Rethinking the “Superhero” Principal Narrative: School leaders’ resilience is best built as a collective effort. Educational Leadership, 78 (7), pp. 38-43.
Cheung, R., Sablo Sutton, S. and Flores, C. (2019) “Tipping the Balance: Social justice leaders allying with marginalized youth to increase student voice and activism”. Journal of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration, Vol. 30, March 2019, pp. 1-13.
Mahiri, J. and Sablo, S. (Summer, 1996). “Writing for their lives: The Non-School Literacy of California's Urban Youth”. The Journal of Negro Education, 65 (2), pp. 164-180.
Sablo Sutton, S. (2004). Spoken Word: Performance Poetry in the Black Community. In J. Mahiri (Ed). What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth. New York: P. Lang.
Sablo Sutton, S. and Rojas Concha, M. (2020). UC Berkeley Impact Report: Flying With Our Own Wings” The essential role of leaders in supporting pedagogical mentoring. Berkeley: University of California.
Cheung, R., Sablo Sutton, S., Cázares, L., Bristol, T. (2019). Equity Action Framework Tool. Berkeley: University of California.
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations
Sablo Sutton, S. & Nguyen, V. (2021) Deepening our Commitment to Equity: Professional Learning for Leadership Coaches. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. [Virtual].
Cheung, R., Sablo Sutton, S., Gong, N. (2021) Supporting Principal Resilience and Sustainability: Change Making in an Age of Attrition. Symposium: Finding Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Different Stakeholders in Schools. American Educational Research Association [Virtual].
Sablo Sutton, S. (2020). Change Makers: Cultivating Critical Resilience and Leader Sustainability through Networks of Support. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. [Virtual].
Sablo Sutton, S. (2020). Innovative Pedagogical Mentoring in Chilean Schools: Lessons from the Global South. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. [Virtual].
Sablo Sutton, S., Cuéllar Becerra, C., González Vallejos, M. P. (2020). Leadership and Pedagogical Mentoring in Chilean Schools: An Innovative Approach to Professional Development. American Educational Research Association [Virtual]. San Francisco, CA.
Sablo Sutton, S. & Cheung, R. (2019) Creating a Leaders of Color Network: Combating Leader Burnout. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Cázares, L. & Sablo Sutton, S. (2019). Special Dollars for Special Scholars: Equity Centered Resource Allocation. Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Orlando, FL.
Sablo Sutton, S. & Paul Castro, A. (2012). Integrating Arts for English Learner Success. California Association of Bilingual Educators Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.
Sablo Sutton, S. & Paul Castro, A. (2011). Revolutionary War Journals: Integrating Art, Social Studies and English Language Arts. California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Conference, Sacramento, CA.
Invited Lectures and Workshops
Sablo Sutton, S. (2020). UCB Principal Leadership Institute: Educator Preparation Program Overview. Invited by University of Oregon, College of Education, Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership Department. [Virtual]
Sablo Sutton, S. & Wetzel de Cediel, N. (2020). “Educational Leadership, Anti-racist Practice, and What’s Next”. Invited by Ed Prep Lab Fall Forum. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. [Virtual}
Sablo Sutton, S. (2019). Leadership for Social Justice. International Graduate Master’s Seminar. Invited by Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.
Sablo Sutton, S. (2019). “Collective School Leadership: Towards a model of sustainable reform”. Invited by Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, Santiago, Chile.
Sablo Sutton, S. (2019). “Pedagogical Mentoring & Coaching”. Invited by Universidad Diego Portales, Centro de Desarrollo de Liderazgo Educativo, Santiago, Chile.
Sablo Sutton, S. (2018). “Instructional Coaching”. Invited by Universidad Diego Portales, Centro de Desarrollo de Liderazgo Educativo, Santiago, Chile.
Principal, Roosevelt Elementary School, San Leandro Unified School District (2014-2017)
Assistant Principal, Wilson and Jefferson Elementary, San Leandro Unified School District (2013-2014)
K-12 Instructional Coach, San Leandro Unified School District (2012-2013)
Elementary Teacher, San Leandro & Oakland Unified School Districts (2006-2012)
Regional Director, Kaplan K12 Learning Services (2001-2006)
Interests and Professional Affiliations
Urban School Leadership
School Supervision and Evaluation
Instructional Coaching and Mentoring
International Education Reform
Literacy in Non School Settings
Coordinator, California Administrator Performance Assessment (2019-2020)