UCLA Women’s School Leadership Academy 2021


UCLA WSLA is a pioneering leadership program for women. It provides courageous women leaders with the tools and knowledge they need to be more impactful educational leaders. The 6-month program goes beyond the K – 12 leadership basics to help women realize their own voices and to shape their own stories.

The program is the anchor of an academy that offers program graduates continuing options for networking and learning. Instructors are expert leaders in education. Keynote speakers are outstanding leaders in a variety of fields. The program embraces social justice and is designed for working professionals.

Its three strands are:

  • Communicating for impact
  • Navigating public and private lives
  • Effectively leading up and down

These strands are informed by four themes:

  • Leading as a woman
  • Making decisions considering multiple perspectives
  • Building relationships and cultivating mentors
  • Networking for career development


In WSLA, women learn from one another and from leaders through:

Three 2-Day 4 hour Intensives: January 15-16, April 9-10, and June 25-26

Eight Monday Evening Sessions (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.): February 8, 22; March 1, 15; April 5, May 3, 17; June 7

Four Saturday Mornings (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.): February 28, May 20, May 22, July 10

A Sampling of Instructors and Topics 2020


Why Participate in UCLA WSLA

Academy Write-up in Ampersand Magazine

WSLA Program Schedule 2021

WSLA Application Form (pdf)


For further information, contact Dr. Linda Rose at lrose@g.ucla.edu.


Transformative Voices #2: Educators for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

August 4, 2020 5:00 PM PST



Join us for this webinar featuring a panel of school activists, administrators and teachers moderated by Dr. Annamarie Francois, Executive Director, Center X, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, social justice educator preparation.

Dr. Peter Flores III
Director, Student Services, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District; Director, Equity Division, Center for Equity Leadership and Research (CLEAR)

Dr. Brooke Rios
Executive Director, New Los Angeles Charter Schools; research on anti-racist and culturally responsive school leadership

Dr. Manuel Rustin
Teacher, John Muir High School, PUSD; Chair of the History-Social Science Subject Matter Committee on the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission, Milken Educator Award

Ryan Young
Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; former Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy for the Education Trust