History of Reach

On The Move School Leadership Coaching

The origins of Reach are rooted in the school reform practices and leadership coaching of On The Move (OTM), which began in 2004. OTM staff members have coached veteran and emerging school leaders at more than 35 schools across the Bay Area.

OTM school reform leaders saw in their schools a continuum of leadership, beginning with new classroom leaders and extending all the way to the school and district level leadership. As OTM leaders worked with their partner schools, they realized that there was a big need for better, more job-embedded, and more authentic forms of new teacher and leader development.

Founding Reach

Reach formally began in 2006-2007 with a grant from the Dean Witter Family Foundation to convene a design team with a simple, but profound, charge: reinvent teacher education. A group of 15 educators from San Jose, the East Bay, and Napa County dedicated hundreds of hours to design Reach and gain accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In 2007-2008 Reach launched its first Teacher Credential Programs with 25 teachers. The programs were combined with a program for training teacher mentors and the “

already well-established leadership coaching program to become “the Reach Institute for School Leadership.

Today, the Reach Institute for School Leadership is accredited by the CTC to confer Intern Teacher, Preliminary and Clear Teaching, and Preliminary and Clear Administrative Services credentials through its Teacher and Instructional Leadership Academies. Reach has provided high quality training and coaching for over 650 educators seeking credentials or other training and support appropriate to their needs.

The Reach Institute for School Leadership is currently seeking WASC accreditation as a graduate school of education. Reach has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that Reach Institute for School Leadership is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation.

note- A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within four years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at wascsr@wascsenior.org or (510) 748-9001.