California Superintendents Collaborative Network

California Superintendents Collaborative Network

A program of the Center for Applied Policy (CAP-Ed) at UC Davis


“Being a part of this collaborative has been a valuable professional learning opportunity. Thank you to everyone involved.” — Superintendent Network Participant

“It is so crucial to receive a variety of perspectives on key issues from individuals who are in the job of superintendent. Sometimes when you are in the thick of an issue you may not see key details or strategies. Feedback was provided in a way that enabled me to immediately reflect on additional implementation strategies and ideas.” 

— Superintendent Network Participant

“There were many pieces from each presentation that I have tried to incorporate, however working as a team to develop the twelve most valuable components to successful systems leadership was extremely beneficial. I am also beginning to utilize some of these approaches with our school board.”

— Superintendent Network Participant


California Superintendents Collaborative Network’s primary objective is to form an ongoing network of practicing superintendents who are deeply committed to creating coherent and effective systems of instruction in their districts; a network of superintendents who have a genuine willingness to collaboratively explore a variety of implementation strategies that support teaching and learning of all students using a “problems of practice and theories of action” model of inquiry.

The Network will aim to strengthen superintendents’ core leadership capabilities of seeing systems, having reflective conversations and having creative orientation to personal and shared vision with tools to shift leadership toward fundamental solutions (Senge). The network will provide opportunities for dynamic inter-district partnerships as opportunities arise.

Leading Collaborative Professionalism, Andy Hargreaves (4:10min video)

Each year superintendents attend day long and virtual sessions at UC Davis.


Dr. John Glaser, CAP-ED Policy Fellow

Dr. Steven Ladd, CAP-ED Policy Fellow

SELF Network Participating Districts 2020-2021:

Arcadia Unified School District 

Aromas-San Juan USD

Buckeye UESD

Calaveras USD

Campbell USD

Canyon ESD

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Coronado Unified School District

Davis JUSD

Dublin JUESD

Eastside UESD

Eastside Union School District

El Monte City SD

Encinitas Union School District

Encinitas USD

Escondido Union School  District

Fortuna UHSD

Geyserville USD

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

Laguna Beach Unified School District

Lake Tahoe  USD

Lakeside Union School District

Los Molinos USD

Mark West UESD

Moraga ESD

Nevada Joint Union High School District

Oakland USD

Old Adobe Union

Palm Springs USD

Rincon Valley USD

Ripon USD

Roseville JUHSD

Sacramento City USD

San Benito HSD

San Ysidro Unified  School District

Santa Clara USD

Scotts Valley USD

South Bay Union School District

Stockton USD

Temecula Union School District 

Travis USD

Vallejo City USD

Vista Unified School District

Yolo COE

To learn more about the California Superintendents Collaborative Network at UC Davis please contact CAP-Ed Executive Director, Dr. Christina E. Murdoch at

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