CLI: Collaborative Learning Initiatives

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The Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) envisions P-12 schools, colleges, community organizations, and businesses working together with Sonoma State University to consider innovative ideas and approaches to support learning for ALL students.  


The Initiative supports systematic research-based change in our local P-16 educational community through bringing together many stakeholders to collaboratively share ideas and educational innovations.  CLI seeks to be a catalyst for linking theory and practice and encourage our partners In the North Bay area to work together for positive change in our schools.

Operating under the leadership of Sonoma State University School of Education CLI provides a unique opportunity for our community to work together and delve more deeply into educational change and creativity.


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Bring together educational leaders; support collaboration

  • Support and collaborate with county offices of education, public and private schools and districts, community organizations, and teacher leaders, to support leadership initiatives.
  • Bring together the rich resources of our region to work more collaboratively in reaching our educational goals.
  • Bring quality educational thinkers and researchers to speak to our local educational community about successful current school practices and support debate and discussion about these ideas.

Do what the University does best:  Go Deeper

  • Provide a forum where the K-16 educational community can not only hear innovative and provocative ideas but also delve more deeply into discussion, debate and research implications of these ideas.
  • Link theory to practice.
  • Utilize Sonoma State University School of Education faculty expertise to assist in addressing local educational challenges and opportunities

Advise Sonoma State University

  • Serve as a vital link to ensure that Sonoma State University’s School of Education remains responsive and relevant to the needs of our educational community.

Create sustainability and longevity

  • Develop an ongoing sustainable resource-base to fund the initiative through public and private partnerships, collaborations and grants.
  • Provide a vehicle to recruit future leaders into Sonoma State University School of Education programs.


Paul Porter, Director

Jenny Baker-Dunn, Administrative Coordinator