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John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership

Leadership Academy and Middle Leaders Programs

This 2-year program is designed for certificated and classified leaders and managers.   Training focuses on team building, leading change, creating positive work environments, planning and dealing with difficult people.

Cohort members learn, practice, and apply leadership skills to:

  • Build and sustain professional relationships
  • Make decisions that stay made
  • Plan for change in complex systems
  • Recognize and resolve conflict to drive positive change
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Motivate to innovate

K-12 Leadership Academy Registration form

  Community College Leadership Academy Registration Form  




 K-12 Leadership Academy 2021-2023

Enrollment in Progress

2-Year Academy      5 Sessions per year

Spring 2022 sessions will be held virtually  (8:00 am - 11:30 am)

Year 2 will be held face-to-face in North and South Valley locations (8:00 am - 12:30 pm)





"The Middle Leaders training was a great learning experience that I enjoyed and will always remember. I can't say enough about the class and the fabulous teachers/ They are true role models of leadership." - Adam Belmont, Clovis USD


"Our district's participation in the Middle Leaders Cohort has focused our mid-level leaders on the important role they play in building an effective organization, and has equipped them with practical skills to become the leaders we need for the future" - Dr. Eimer O’Farrell Superintendent, Clovis USD

"Middle level leaders face increasingly difficult challenges in our school systems that deserve the unique focus provided by Welty's program. There is nothing like it, anywhere."  - Dr. Bob Nelson , Superindendent, Fresno USD


"The leaders at Welty addressed our pressing needs with practical information that we could implement right away. They continually asked what we needed and what our daily challenges were so they could create as program that supported our needs. Thanks for everything Welty" Matt Canaday, John Walsh Elementary School, CSP

2021-2022 Training Sessions

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New K-12 Leadership Academy Cohort, Year One (Topics)








North Valley Middle Leaders Cohort, Year Two  -- Fresno, Clovis, Central and Sanger School Districts (Topic, Dates and Locations)

  • September 10, 1021
  • Clovis Unified School Distict
  • 362 N. Clovis, Clovis CA
  • Professional Learning Center, Room 9

  • November 5, 2021
  • Sanger USD, District Office

  • January 21, 2022
  • Central Unified District Office

  • March 4, 2022
  • Fresno USD, Center For Professional Development
  • 1833 E Street, Room 100

  • May 6, 2022
  • Fresno State University,
  • Peters Business Bldg, Room 194

For more information, complete and submit the Contact Form below.