The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) in partnership with the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) are collaborating on the Leadership Institute. The ultimate goal of the Leadership Institute is to creating networks and support systems for small school district leaders so that they gain the skill set and confidence needed to effectively lead their districts. The LI aims to empower educational leaders in an authentic environment of learning and grace to grow in service to their students, staff, and communities.

Registration for the 2023-24 Leadership Institute is now open and scheduled to start July, 2023.

Areas of focus include:

  • Development of clear goals with impact for the Board and the Superintendent
  • Alignment and allocation of resources for transformative system improvement
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Capacity building to sustain and scale
  • Create a professional learning network among other small school district leaders

Leadership Team:

  • Chris Hartley, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE
  • Julie Boesch, Assistant Director, State System of Support, CCEE
  • Tim Taylor, Executive Director, SSDA
  • Jana Rosborough, Consultant, CCEE
  • Melissa Hodgson, Program Specialist, CCEE

Faculty Coaching Team:

  • Amy Alzina           Cold Springs Elementary School
  • Nikol Baker          Lake Elementary School District
  • Ken Burkhart        Alpine County Unified School District
  • Liz Bystedt            Jamul-Dulzura Union School District
  • Todd Cutler           Tahoe Unified School District
  • Merrill Grant          Fall River Joint Unified
  • Tom O’Malley        Modoc Joint Unified School District
  • Stuart Packard      Buttonwillow Union School District (retired)
  • Jeremy Powell       Hamilton Unified School District
  • Terri Rufert            Sundale Union Elementary School District (retired)
  • Heidi Torix             Eastern Sierra School District

Leadership Institute 2023-2024

For more information or to join the upcoming Leadership Institute Network, please contact Julie Boesch at