Welcome to the Principals to Watch web site!
Here you'll find resources for middle school principals in addition to information on our free training program for middle school principals in Los Angeles County, the Principals to Watch Academy.
The Principals to Watch program was developed as a partnership between United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the California League of Middle Schools with the goal of reaching students in Los Angeles County middle schools before they make the decision to drop out upon transitioning to high school.
To reach that objective, principals participating in the Principals to Watch Academy are first trained in the research-based criteria that define a high performing, student learning-centered middle school.
Then they tour model middle schools in Los Angeles County that are part of California's Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program, receive mentorship from the principals of the model schools, and conduct collaborative, school-wide evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of their own sites with their entire teaching staffs.
Finally, all of this information is distilled into a three-year school improvement plan grounded in research-based practices and the specific needs of the students at their own sites.
The end result? Higher performing middle schools that better serve the needs of all students.
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