Our Mission

Our mission is to help schools grow their own highly effective teachers and leaders, pursuing equity in underserved urban and rural communities. We also seek to advance the efficacy and adoption in higher education of inquiry-based instructional methods and job-embedded degree pathways. 

Leadership Showcase 2018

Leadership Showcase 2021

Rose Zapata

Thesis Title: The Impact of Practice Clinics on Novice Teachers’ Acquisition and Implementation of English Learner Specific Instructional Strategies 

Kelly Le

Thesis Title: Maker Education in K-12 Settings: An Equity-Focused Approach Towards Needs Assessment and Implementation Planning

Jai David-Valentine

Thesis Title: The Impact of Effective Teams on Student Engagement

Gaëlle Belhseine

Thesis Title: The Effectiveness of Peer Observation, PLCs, and Coaching Observation and Feedback Cycles on Small Group Instruction

Brian Jimenez

Thesis Title: Equitable & Effective Academic Intervention: Exploring Research-Based Response to Intervention (RTI) Practices in a Second Through Fourth Grade Math Setting

Andy West

Thesis Title: Impacting Teaching and Learning Through Equitable Grading Practices

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Reach Institute for School Leadership

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Teacher Profiles


Rosalinda Rocha

Rosie Rocha is currently a 6th grade teacher resident at Alpha Blanca Alvarado Middle School in San Jose. She is teaching a self-contained classroom (all subjects).


Valerie Douglas

“Change has to happen-the children are literally our future”.
Principal at Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School.

Words of Gratitude

  • Nhi Truong

    Before Reach, I thought I knew all about teaching! However, Reach has challenged me to become a better educator by shifting my views on what high-quality education looks like for my students.

  • Dashiell Gerdes

    The Reach Instructional Leadership Academy has provided me with invaluable experience and support, for which I will always be grateful.

  • Sierra M. Thai-Binh

    I wish for all Bay Area administrative and teacher leaders the opportunity to be part of a cohort of educators such as the ones I've had the joy to learn with this last year. That, together with the incredibly caring, knowledgeable, and sweetly demanding faculty of Reach, have made finally finishing my Masters degree a rewarding reality. I am especially grateful for the way I was pushed out of my comfort zone and supported in developing skills in areas of academic collaboration and intervention for our most struggling students.”

  • Herinder Pegany

    I've been an educator for 25 years but I feel like I am setting out on a new journey, both professionally and personally. I am grateful for the leadership skills that I have gained through the Reach ILA program. I am even more thankful for the relationships that I have developed with the Reach faculty and my cohort members.

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