Outstanding Instructional Leader Award
California ASCD proudly announces the 2017 CASCD OIL Award Winner
Every year CASCD selects an Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) who has significantly impacted/influenced public education in California. Individuals, who influence, advocate for and support professional growth and instructional leadership to ensure success for each learner are nominated by their CASCD peers. The award is given in recognition of Helen Heffernan who provided California with outstanding service, keen insight, vision and leadership. This year CASCD is pleased to recognize two outstanding California instructional leaders who have made significant contributions to the education of California's K-12 students. This year's winner is:
Dr. Linda Kaminski
As superintendent of Azusa Unified School District, Dr. Linda Kaminski has taken vision, courage, leadership, and intent and blended them into a coherent system to bring results to Azusa. Successful examples of her work include supporting professional learning communities, positive behavioral interventions and supports, assessments built to mirror expectations of state standards, investment in leadership, and successfully passing a bond to modernize facilities.
Parents see Dr. Kaminski as a person who is visible and supportive at school events and who genuinely cares for both students and parents. They appreciate her approachability, desire to increase student learning, and her commitment to partner with parents.
On the state level, Dr. Kaminski has worked diligently to advocate for equity in such areas as the new state evaluation rubrics, success criteria, and districts of choice. In addition, she has played leadership roles with the Association of California School Administrators and is a member of the board of directors of California ASCD.
Dr. Kaminski received her Bachelor Degree from Santa Clara University, Master of Science from Pepperdine University, and Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Harvard University.
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