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Tap the shoulder of the next great leader in your organization

April 25, 2019 by Brandman University
Dodge Derwin
Tamerin Capellino, Ed.D.

It’s rare for any organization to take something that’s already working and blow it up.

But that’s exactly what Brandman University’s School of Education did five years ago when the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing revamped the preliminary administrative services standards. Instead of simply squeezing in new standards into the existing coursework, Brandman took the opportunity to completely revamp its successful program and design a new innovative one to prepare 21st century leaders based on the new benchmarks.

“The new standards meant a big shift in having students know theoretically what to do versus applying that knowledge in the field in authentic ways,” said Tamerin Capellino, Ed.D., associate professor in Brandman’s School of Education and chair of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Administration (MAELA) with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Capellino developed every course in the program. Each are aligned with the new California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA), incorporating clinical practice, or fieldwork, in every course.

Brandman MAELA students are assigned a leadership coach from the beginning of the program to help them develop their leadership skills and become ready for a career in school administration. Students are placed in a cohort, as it’s been shown cohort models help students with learning and application, retention and support. Three leadership seminars were specifically designed to support students in successfully passing each of the three cycles of the CalAPA.

Technology also plays a significant role in the program; students earn tech badges as they master using different tools as part of their leadership development. Students learn data management and analytics systems. A heavy emphasis on multimedia tools such as infographic creation, video production and blogging enhance communication skills for their work as leaders with stakeholder groups. After every course, students showcase their learning on a blog, including samples of their coursework, vision videos for their schools, data infographics, video journals and opinion pieces. The blog replaces a traditional portfolio and tracks their work from the first MAELA class to completion.

“Our students are putting into practice what they’re learning in the classes. They’re out there practicing leadership, not just learning about it in a text book. A key distinguishing factor in Brandman’s MAELA is they’re not just doing papers. They’re facilitating meetings with stakeholder groups. They’re giving multimedia presentations regarding data. They’re developing site budgets and staff development. They are doing the work of an administrator,” Capellino said.

Currently enrolled in Brandman’s MAELA program are teachers, program specialists, vice principals, counselors, program directors, curriculum developers and more with the passion for making a difference in K-12. Learn more about this program and share it with someone you think could be the next great leader in your organization.

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