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Kenneth Behring Hosts Celebration of School Leaders

A long-time supporter of visionary school leadership, Kenneth Behring hosted a celebration at his Blackhawk Museum to honor those who are making a tremendous impact on building safe, equitable and enriched learning environments in K-12 schools.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joined Behring on March 1 as they celebrated the graduates of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education’s Principal Leadership Institute (PLI).

Mr. Behring’s support of PLI has led to more than 400 vice principals, principals, superintendents and other school administrators developing the knowledge, skills, vision and leadership to improve the quality of teaching and learning in urban public schools throughout California.

“Leaders with vision and the talent to implement that vision are critical for our schools and children. I am pleased to be able to support the Principal Leadership Institute and the quality people who graduate from the program,” said Mr. Behring, who generously underwrote the March 1 event.

Torlakson, who has also served in the State Assembly, has long championed policies and legislation that bolster the quality of public education in California.

“A world-class education is the sum of many parts, including great teachers, engaged students, well-equipped classrooms – and the strong leaders who help make it all possible,” said Torlakson, who earned his master's degree in education from the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.

“That's why I am pleased to help celebrate the talented, dedicated principals and superintendents in our schools who work every day to create safe and rich learning environments for all of California's children,” he said.

Mr. Behring also matched dollar-for-dollar all donations raised for the event, which benefits scholarships for aspiring school leaders.

(Photo: Kenneth Behring (r) shares a laugh with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Photo by Gordon Mah Ung.)