California Principals' Support Network (CAPS Network)

California Principals’ Support Network

As of Summer 2021, the CAPS Network is functioning independently of UC Davis.


“This is the best training I get every month and it keeps me going in the correct direction.” — CAPS Participant

“These are one of the few workshops that I have attended that truly motivates me.” — CAPS Participant

“The presentations are fun and insightful. I feel like I am learning and growing in my profession.” — CAPS Participant

The California Principals’ Support Network (CAPS) supports principals in their leadership roles in their schools through an annual series of facilitated sessions with a cohort of peers.

In 2020-2021 the CAPS Network supported cohorts of school principals in the following locations:

UC Davis - Program flier with Enrollment link.

Ventura COE (2 cohorts)

Mendocino County (Ukiah USD)

Simi Valley USD

The California Principals’ Support Network was developed through a Stuart Foundation planning grant and successful funding proposal awarded to the Center for Applied Policy in Fall of 2017. In the 2017-18 inaugural year, the California Principals’ Support Network (CAPS Network) had 29 principals in the Northern California cohort and 30 principals in the Southern California cohort. In the following year, CAP-Ed partnered with the Ukiah USD to expand the network through a CalEd grant proposal that was awarded funding to establish the Mendocino cohort. In 2018-2019, Simi Valley USD contracted with CAP-Ed to establish a district wide cohort of CAPS Network principals. In 2019-2020, approximately 139 California school principals and 284 school teachers in 67 school districts are served by the five CAPS Network cohorts throughout the state.

Participants will learn ways to manage demanding schedules and stay focused on the high leverage strategies that impact student and teacher learning. CAPS Network principals examine practices that improve school culture, enhance teacher practice, and methods of enacting school wide supports for student learning.

The CAPS Network offers participating principals opportunities to develop leadership skills to analyze the needs of your school, develop evidence-based action plans to address those needs, and take effective action to improve student outcomes. Through the network, participating principals join a community of supportive colleagues who share the belief that all students can be successful; want to reflect on their leadership and push the thinking and practice of colleagues and want a safe and confidential space to explore the deepest fears and challenges in their work.

Learn from expert presenters Dr. Thomas W. Many, Janel Keating and Dr. Cynthia Pilar. 

Dr. Many is one of the country’s most compelling and sought-after speakers on organizational change, particularly on the principal’s role in leadership that promotes high levels of learning for all students. 

Janel Keating is one of the country’s most compelling and sought-after speakers on organizational change, particularly on the principal’s role in leadership that promotes high levels of learning for all students. She leads one of the highest performing school districts in the country and has been recognized with numerous awards as an exceptional superintendent and principal. During the past 10 years, Janel has shared her thinking and resources to improve school systems, schools and classrooms with more than 300 schools and districts.

Dr. Pilar has established and led learning networks and communities of practice for school and district leaders since 2004. As a teacher, principal and superintendent, she developed supportive, collaborative cultures focused on student learning. 

Six full-days of professional development throughout the year:

DAY 1 & 2 - Leading a Learning Culture

DAY 3 & 4 - Building a Learning-Focused Culture 

DAY 5 & 6 - Improvement of Instructional Practice 

A cohort model of collegial support among 25-30 K-12 principals, as well as coaching support between sessions by expert facilitator coaches. Practical tools, protocols and resources to implement immediately. 

Participating Districts 2020-2021: 

Bellevue USD

Cloverdale USD

Cotati-Rohnert Park USD

Conejo USD

Credo High School

Fort Bragg USD

Goleta USD

Kelseyville USD

Laytonville USD

Mendecino COE

Mendecino USD

Livermore Valley JUSD

Ojai Unified School District

Oxnard Union High School District

Placerville Union SD

Pleasant Valley

RIO School District

San Rafael City ESD

Santa Paula Unified School District

Simi Valley USD

Saugus Union School District

St. Helena USD

Tracy USD

Ukiah USD


Willits Charter School

Willits USD



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