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


The superintendent 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)

Over five or six months superintendents will attend five five-hour sessions.


Dr. John Glaser, CAP-ED Policy Fellow

Dr. Steven Ladd, CAP-ED Policy Fellow

Participating Districts 2019-2020:

Campbell USD

Davis JUSD

Fortuna UHSD

Galt Joint Union Elementary

Galt Joint Union High School District

Liberty Union High SD

Los Molinos USD

Mark West Union SD

Moraga ESD

Newman-Crows Landing USD

Orchard ESD

Petaluma City Schools

Ripon USD

Saint Helena USD

San Benito HSD

Tracy JUSD

Vallejo City Unified School District

Winters USD

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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