Inland Empire Principal Network

Counties and other universities offer "job-alike" professional development and networking opportunities for superintendents and district personnel. However, few, if any similar opportunities exist for principals, especially that allow for cross-county collaboration. In response to a specific request from our district partners and identifiable need, the Education Administration Program at the University of Redlands created the Inland Empire Principal Network to serve the principals in our region. The program consists of four meetings each school year, two in the fall and two in the spring. At these meetings, we seek to provide principals with an opportunity to network with other principals and administrators, learn new tools, theories of action, or the information and then discuss implications for practice. 

In addition to providing valuable (no-cost) professional development for administrators across the Inland Empire, we believe this format will help principals build their network of peers in their own district, across districts, and across the Riverside/San Bernardino county lines.

Invited Districts: Banning USD, Beaumont USD, Coachella Valley USD, Colton Joint USD, Desert Sands USD, Fontana USD, Hemet USD, Moreno Valley USD, Palm Springs USD, Redlands USD, Rialto USD, San Jacinto USD, Val Verde USD, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint USD

Upcoming Events



Past Events

February 20, 2020

Orton Center

7:30 to 8:00 a.m Continental breakfast and networking

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Presentation and Discussion

The Discipline of Special Education Students

A discussion related to the discipline of special education students with Jack Clarke, Jr. and Dina Harris - experienced attorneys from Best, Best, & Krieger - special education expert Ann Vessey, and University of Redlands faculty member Paul Jessup.

April 23, 2020

Orton Center

7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and networking

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Presentation and Discussion


November 21, 2019

Principals' Connections to the CA Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

Dr. Melissa Bazanos Hutton, Executive Director of Accountability, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement, Riverside County Office of Education

Dr. Melissa Bazanos Hutton serves as the Executive Director of the Assessment, Accountability, and continuous Improvement (AACI) unit at the Riverside County Office of Education. The AACI unit provides data, assessment, accountability, and technical assistance services to support districts with improving student access and outcomes through data analysis, program evaluation, and comprehensive planning with the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). Resources developed by the AACI unit have been shared statewide including CA School Dashboard in Tableau, CA School Dashboard analysis tools, and county-district data-sharing processes. Dr. Bazanos Hutton and her team contribute to providing differentiated assistance to school districts eligible for Level 2 support in the CA System of Support. The AACI team partners with external agencies bolster data capacity including the National Student Clearinghouse, the CORE Data Collaborative, and the University of CA, Riverside. Dr. Bazanos Hutton also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Redlands teaching courses in curriculum and program development and assessment and evaluation. 

October 17, 2019

Sacramento Update: A New Governor, Legislature and State Board of Education, and What that Means for California's Public Schools

Mr. Jeff Vaca, Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools

For more than three decades, Jeff Vaca has been working in Sacramento on behalf of public education interests. Jeff's experience includes successful tenures advocating for the California State University system, the California School Boards Association, and the California Association of Chief Business Officials. Since 2015, Mr. Vaca has represented the interests of Riverside County's public school children as Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. Jeff's presentation focused on the new Governor and recently signed legislation as well as the on-going policy discussions in the Capital and at the State Board of Education that will directly affect California's public schools.