■ By Alex Cass / Contributed
The Hemet Unified School District doesn’t only want its students to continue their educational journey, it also encourages its educators to continue to broaden their knowledge. Four HUSD administrators recently graduated from the National Institute for School Leadership’s (NISL) Executive Development Program in California. This program is solely dedicated to strengthening an educator’s instructional leadership with the goal to raise student achievement.
Rancho Viejo Middle School’s Principal Jonathon Workman, Tahquitz High School’s Principal Eric Dahlstrom, Diamond Valley Middle School’s Principal Robert Dominguez, and Director of Professional Development Tracy Chambers were among 22 participants in NISL first graduating class.
Educators were taught how to create a strong school culture and challenging programs in English, mathematics and science. Best practices in coaching and teacher supervision were also developed and explored. Robert Dominguez said this was one of the best professional development programs he has attended. Participants were exposed to understanding current research on the brain, the importance of developing a vision for your school and school organization. He said the experience made him feel better prepared to lead Diamond Valley into the 21st century.
“As a district, our main focus is to provide programs and initiatives that will benefit our students, and a program like this is surely to have an everlasting effect on our school climate and student achievement,” said Superintendent Christi Barrett.