Tom Green

Tom Green is the Head Lecturer of the Principal Leadership Institute. In addition to teaching every semester, Dr. Green supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership programs. He also serves as principle investigator for various research projects. Dr. Green testifies before the California State Board of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Advisory Committee on Special Education, and the University of California Board of Regents.

Dr. Green has served as a public school educator in multiple roles, as a classroom para educator; as a general and special education classroom teacher at all levels and content areas Preschool through 12th grade; as a school board trustee; multiple terms as a teacher’s union president, negotiations chair, and grievance chair; as a site principal Preschool through 12 grade; and as a central office administrator. Every school system in which he served as a leader showed significant growth in student outcomes, especially for historically underserved, underachieving students. A school of which Dr. Green was principal for 10 years, Parkside Elementary School in San Mateo Foster City, was given a Leadership for Equity award by the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative in 2003. He was recognized as the Central Office Administrator of the Year in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District in 2013 and 2015. He retired from Alum Rock as Chief School Transformation Officer in 2015.

Dr. Green has also served as a consultant, program developer, and researcher for county offices of education and educational reform organizations such as City Year and Partners in School Innovation. He annually presents workshops for the California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Educators. He was a founding member of the California Arts Project (TCAP), and served many years as a professional developer for TCAP and county offices of education. He was the lead author of the Amador County Unified School District K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Guide. He directed a multi-year research project for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes during the development of their Learning Center on Campus model.


Ed. D. Educational Leadership for Equity UC Berkeley, 2008

Clear Admin Credential St. Mary’s College 1999

History/Social Science Single Subject Credential, Exam 1995

Preliminary Admin Credential Chapman University1991

Resource Specialist Authorization 1982

M. Ed Learning Handicaps University of the Pacific 1979

Multiple Subject & Specialist-Learning Handicap Credentials University of the Pacific 1979

B. A. Development of Exceptional Learners UCLA 1977

Research Interests

School district central office functions

Arts-centered, arts integrated learning

Systems of coordinated support for historically underserved students

Collaborative adult learning

Professional History

Head Instructor, Principal Leadership Institute, UC Berkeley 2013-Present

Chief Transformation Officer, Alum Rock School District 2010-2015

Director Educational Services, San Carlos School District 2008-2010

Principal, San Mateo Foster City School District 1999-2008

Teacher in Charge, Court, Community, Independent Study Programs, Amador County 1997-1999

Resource Specialist, Amador County School District 1979-1997

Awards and Honors

Administrator of the Year, Alum Rock School District 2015

Administrator of the Year, Association of California School Administrators 2013

Leadership for Equity, Bay Area School Reform Collaborative 2003

Selected Professional Activity

Consultant, City Year 2015-2018

Consultant, Partners in School Innovation 2015-2017

Trainer, Response to Intervention 2008-2015

Trainer, California Arts Project 1989-1999

Trainer, coordinated support for below grade level students 1989-2015

President, Negotiations & Grievance Chair, Tri County Special Educators Association 1981-1994

Trustee, Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees 1994-1997

Selected Publications

RTI/MTSS/UDL/Full Inclusion- It All Means Collaboration CARS 2019

From Compliance to Outcomes: How to Get There CARS 2018
School-Wide Transformation Toward Arts-Centered Integrated Instruction and Learning

Bringing School Leadership Into Focus: A Study Identifying Key Leadership Characteristics of Principals Leading Schoolwide Transformation Toward Arts-Centered Integrated Instruction and Learning Through the Principal Leadership Network of the Alameda County Office of Education UC Berkeley 2017

Inclusion Means Everyone: Students, Staff, Parents, Community CARS 2017

The Changing Face of Service Delivery California Association of Resource Specialists (CARS) 2015

What Would You Like to Say to Your Boss? CARS 2014

The Revolution is Now: Special Educators as Change Agents CARS 2013

Legal Issues in Special Education Reform CARS 2012

The Current State of Response to Intervention CARS 2011

Central Office Reorganization ACSA, 2009

The Case for Coordinated Services for Below Grade Level Students EdCal 2009

English Language Learners and IEPs San Carlos School District 2008

District Coordination of Educational Support Services for Students

Below Grade Level: Problems & Opportunities UC Berkeley, 2008

One Site’s Implementation of Response to Intervention CARS 2008

Tom Green

Tom Green, PLI Head Lecturer


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