Current and Recent Offerings

What We Offer 

The Regional Academies offer three types of support to school leaders: Communities of Practice, Localized Professional Learning, and Leadership Coaching.

This year, the focus for Communities of Practice will be Equity and Distance Learning.

Who May Participate

In conjunction with the 21CSLA State Center, the 21CSLA Alameda Regional Academy covers Title II receiving educational institutions in six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano. Click here to view a complete list of Alameda Region schools that we serve. 

Not in one of these counties? Visit the Center website to find out which Regional Academy supports your area.

Communities of Practice

Creating Equitable Access to Engaged Learning through Student Cohorts and Stable Groups

The series will develop a community for leaders supporting in-person, small cohort and hybrid/stable groups instructional models. We will work to disrupt inequitable practices, policies, and system designs within these models to catalyze change, build communication and trust with families, balance physical distancing with the social emotional needs of children, and maximize student engagement.

Application deadline: April 12th, 2021

Antiracist Practices in Math and Writing Instruction

Together, we will explore how the values inherent in our curricula, instruction, and schools must be interrogated if we are truly committed to developing and sustaining antiracist practices in schools. Meetings will focus on examining the self within the larger historical context of schooling and mathematics. Participants will collect and analyze artifacts of student learning and teacher instruction, considering implications for transformation.

Application deadline: April 12th, 2021

Past Community of Practice Offerings

Embedding SEL Practices in Online Pedagogy

Despite an increased emphasis on the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in many schools and districts, SEL practices are often not fully realized. Given the current context of remote learning, it is even more clear that social-emotional learning is a critical need for achieving equitable outcomes for students. A shared sense of urgency towards improving SEL practices and implementation will guide the work of this welcoming, Bay Area Writing Project-led, community of practice. Participants will focus on embedding rich SEL practices in online learning. Together, participants will use an inquiry process to explore the practices, and to refine and assess our growth in better meeting the SEL needs of all students.

Application deadline: February 19th, 2021

Leading for Equity: Reopening Schools

Site leaders this school year are balancing the immediate needs of students and staff along with increasing calls for reimagining and reinventing schools and programs for more equity when we fully reopen post-pandemic. In acknowledging the need for both immediate responses and long-term planning, this Community of Practice is designed for site leaders to interrogate, investigate, and experiment around key issues that they currently face.

Application deadline: January 21st, 2021

LeadIn Special Education

LeadIn Special Education is a Leadership Inquiry Group that connects equity-conscious system-level leadership teams of 2 or more from across the Bay Area through 6 virtual sessions from January–April.

Application deadline: December 18th, 2020 at 12pm (noon)

LeadIn Math

In this three-month community of practice, diverse Bay Area teacher leaders will join together to learn, practice, reflect on, and improve their instructional coaching skills, with a particular emphasis on improving math outcomes for students furthest from opportunity, including students of color, multilingual learners, and students with disabilities. We will approach coaching as a catalyst to support the growth and learning of teachers.

Application deadline: November 8, 2020 at 5pm PDT

Professional Learning

African American Male Leaders Professional Learning Group

Recent social movements have moved many of us in Leadership Programs to deepen our work toward racial justice. In our conversations it became clear that the needs of African American male leaders, a tremendously under-represented group of leaders, should be elevated. To inform our work, we started by convening focus groups of African American male leaders to hear about their lived professional experience as well as the support they seek. With their input, we are creating a Learning Group that focuses on convening a consistent group of African American male leaders to improve their practice together.

This Learning Group has concluded for the 2020–2021 academic year. If you are interested in future offerings, please contact us at

Past Professional Learning Offerings

Talking is Learning: Fostering Communication, Community, and Curiosity in the Online Environment

COVID-19 and the shift to virtual and hybrid instruction has forced educators to find new ways to foster community, sustain student curiosity, and facilitate peer to peer communication in online spaces.

Application deadline: February 25th, 2021

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is designed to build the capacity of site administrators, systems leaders and full-release teacher leaders who are committed to equity and growing  a culture of deep reflection in their institutions with a focus on equitable outcomes for each and every student.

Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now open!