School Leadership: GEAR UP Principals Institute

Spring 2009 | | May 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

The second GEAR UP Principals Institute was held March 30, 2009, at the Hilton Oakland Airport with 52 Principals from schools involved in the planning phase in attendance. Participants shared and explored leadership philosophies, management strategies and coaching practices that will support their efforts to develop and sustain a college-going culture at their schools.

“Perspective, Balance and Attitudes” was the theme, acknowledging the role of the principals in educational reform and systemic change. A highlight of the day featured presentations by a panel of GEAR UP principals including: Dr. Harriet MacLean – Davidson Middle School, San Rafael; James Dierke – Visitacion Valley Middle School – San Francisco; and Martin Mares – Parlier Middle School- Parlier (2008 California and National Principal of the Year and Director of the Oxford Project).  

Participant dialogue was supported by video presentations and a Resource Manual.Links to these resources are available at under Services, School-Based, Activities, Principals Institute:

  • Comparing the School Self-Assessment Rubric (SSAR) to California Professional Standard for Leaders and Teachers
  • The 7th Condition (addendum to the GEAR UP SSAR)
  • The Tao of Leadership 

Video presentation contact information:

  • John Alston’s DVD presentation:“Life is a gift, don’t trash it” (800) 200-9225
  • DeWitt Jones DVD presentation:“Focus Your Vision” (800) 242-3220

principal institute panel
GEAR UP Panel: Mr. Martin Mares, Dr. Harriet MacLean, and Mr. James Dierke with Moderator Lynn Baranco, retired UC Berkeley Administrator and GEAR UP Program Manager in back


Some of the principals who attended the Principals Institute 2009

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