The CANDEL program is designed to prepare exemplary educational leaders in schools, community colleges, and related educational capacities that reside in the greater Sacramento Valley, Bay Area and Northern California. Graduates of this program are prepared to lead for change in educational environments that promote learning, equity, and achievement for all students.
Launched in 2005, CANDEL is fully accredited by WASC and aims to cultivate educational leaders from public schools, community colleges, state and local educational agencies, and organizations serving education in northern California. Program participants include principals, superintendents, district office and county office of education staff, teachers, education program managers, consultants, education policymakers, community college faculty, presidents, and vice-chancellors as well other current or aspiring leaders in education.
Cassandra Hart is assistant professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s recent work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.
Interested in earning your doctorate in educational leadership? Learn more about how the CANDEL Ed.D. program can help you reach your professional goals by attending one of our upcoming information sessions.
The CANDEL program curriculum is constructed around four overarching and inter-related themes that are seen as integral to the academic and professional development of educational leaders:
Congratulations to CANDEL alumna Susan D. Catron (EdD, 2009) on being named interim dean of UC Davis’s Division of Continuing and Professional Education! In her current role as Senior Associate Dean at UC Davis Extension, Catron leads academic strategic planning, oversees the division’s professional education portfolio, and directs an innovation incubator responsible for identifying, assessing and nurturing new program initiatives. We are excited to see her bring the CANDEL energy to her new role.