LVUSD Center for Educational Excellence Graduates First Class of Graduates
Las Virgenes Center for Educational Excellence Graduates its First Class of Administrators
In November 2017, the Las Virgenes Unified School District became the first district in the state of California to be accredited for three teacher and administrator licensure programs. While most licensure programs reside in state universities, LVUSD formed the Center for Educational Excellence as a new model to provide practical, relevant, and job-embedded preparation for future teachers and administrators. In one year, the three credential programs have enrolled approximately 100 teacher and administrator candidates. In January, the first class of administrator credential candidates graduated from two of LVUSD’s preparation programs.
Fifteen graduates walked the stage at the ceremony held at the Center for Educational Excellence campus in Calabasas. Dr. Dan Stepenosky, Superintendent of LVUSD shared that, “This first class represents the pioneers who have paved the way for hundreds of future teachers and administrators to receive licenses in California.” Of the fifteen graduates, nine have already secured administrative positions. This strong preparation and initial placement rate is unmatched in the area of administrator and teacher licensure. “The Center for Educational Excellence provides an affordable and rigorous pathway for educators to grow in their field. When top talent can access quality preparation, kids win,” said Stepenosky.
The Center for Educational Excellence has ongoing enrollment and has recently received grant funding to expand their preparation programming.