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Leading Successful Schools

Position Your School for Excellence

Today’s school leaders are expected to implement policy and instructional standards, articulate and communicate vision and strategy, and create effective communications for key stakeholders, while achieving high standards of excellence. This newly designed program will allow participants to enhance and deepen their management and leadership skills, positioning their teams for greater levels of success.

Combining the research of academic faculty with the expertise of nonprofit practitioners, this three day program will provide school leaders with leading edge theory in leadership, strategic vision, the art of decision making, and communications. This exciting educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to share best practices and challenges with each other.

Note: 2015 dates are to be determined. Email or call 847-491-3415 for more information.

  1. Superintendents, Principals, Assistant/Associate Principals, Lead Teachers
  2. School Senior Leadership Teams
  3. Board Members
  1. Improve the ability to think strategically about the school and match vision with a strategy for success
  2. Strengthen leadership capabilities including decision making, communications, and others
  3. Build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development
Distributive Leadership
  1. Develop an understanding of key conceptual tools for examining organizational leadership and management
  2. Understand the entailments of taking a distributive perspective to organizational leadership
  3. Help participants apply a distributive perspective for diagnosis and design work
  4. Understand the challenges in taking a distributive perspective in everyday leadership practice

The Art and Science of Decision Making
  1. Blend cutting edge insights from the social sciences with an experiential learning opportunity to make more successful, effective decisions
  2. Provide strategies for spotting and counteracting the psychological traps that undermine effective decision making
  3. Develop strategies for making smarter individual and group decisions

Strategic Communications through Change
  1. Communication as a powerful tool during organizational & environmental change
  2. Develop a communication strategy to be applied during the change process
  3. Understand how to leverage the different communication strategies times of change and
  4. uncertainty

Path to Excellence – Using Data to Identify and Spread Promising Practices

  1. Focus on the use of data in schools and education organizations to identify and propagate promising best practices
  2. Strengthen participants’ understanding of how an outcomes-based view of program and practices can support student and organizational excellence
  3. Scale excellent practice through effective stakeholder engagement

Lead from Your Passion DNA
  1. Interactive leadership storytelling session
  2. An introspective deep-dive into your leadership values
  3. Suite of mining tools that will help you uncover and articulate your authenticity
  4. Frameworks for telling stories with no time to prepare
  5. Master leadership story facilitation skills
  6. Leading and speaking with palpable, infectious passion and authenticity
Shana Carroll - Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication; Senior Advisor, Office of the Dean

Esther Choy - Founder of Leadership Story Lab, Guest Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management

Pranav Kothari - Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation for StriveTogether & Guest Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Jim Spillane - Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall

Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street
Maps and Directions

Programs typically start promptly at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Once you have registered and paid for a program, you will receive a detailed schedule which includes daily start/end times, session titles, and faculty names.

Program Fees
All two and three-day programs cost $950.00 each. Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. Additional funding available for Charter Schools.

Application Deadline
The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.
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