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Developing and Retaining High Caliber Educational Leaders

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On July 1st, 2007, the Riverside County Office of Education will be implementing a new initiative called the Division of Educational Leadership Services to help address this problem.

This new RCOE division will focus on preparing and developing the highest caliber of leadership at all levels in educational administration and support staff.  An extraordinary educator and leadership facilitator, Diana Blackledge, has been appointed to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership Services beginning on July 1.

Blackledge spent 10 years as a classroom teacher before becoming a highly successful site administrator, including her role as principal for several schools in the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

She came to RCOE a number of years ago and served in a variety of positions, including Executive Director of the Division of Educational Services and Program Director for the California School Leadership Academy, a model training program for educational leaders.

Most recently, she has been serving as an Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services at Riverside Unified School District. She received her bachelor's degree from California Baptist College and master's degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Newly appointed County Superintendent Kenneth Young said, "Diana Blackledge will not only be guiding the development and launch of this important effort, but she will help to guide its successful implementation and refinement for many years to come.  We are very fortunate to have Diana back with the RCOE organization."

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