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The Santa Clara County of Education (SCCOE) is Committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
In direct support of the SCCOE goal to be a premier employer, we are initiating the 2019-20 session of the Champions for Leadership program. The purpose of the program is to identify future leaders from each branch, match them with a mentor, and provide them with professional development opportunities.
Permanent employees (certificated and classified) including existing managers, teachers, office staff, classroom staff, and service workers are eligible to participate in this program. Nominees for the program may be self-nominated or nominated by another employee including his/her supervisor, direct report, or any other SCCOE staff member.
The 2019-20 cohort begins on August 22 with an orientation, followed by monthly evening professional development seminars at Ridder Park. Seminar topics include effective leadership, communication, team building, change management, and interviewing skills. Seminar leaders include members of the Superintendent's Cabinet and other SCCOE leaders. In addition to attending monthly seminars, participants in the program meet with a mentor on a regular basis and complete a work-related project. This cohort concludes in June 2020 with a project showcase.
The program selection process includes an evaluation of a written essay, readiness to be mentored checklist, and an oral panel exercise. Our ultimate goal is to grow leaders from within our organization and to develop staff to their full potential. By doing so, we hope to match the needs of the SCCOE to the career aspirations of individuals. If you would like more information, please
email or call me at (408) 453-6686.
Demerris R. Brooks, Ed.D. Director, Workforce & Organization Development
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