nonprofit program producing results for education leaders
a school can feel like a juggling routine. In fact, some teachers
have started tossing actual balls in the air. Among them is
William Truesdale, principal of Chicago Public School's Taylor
Elementary, who led his staff in this exercise at the start
of the new school term this year.
wasn't clowning around, but taking a serious look at how school
leaders can learn new and better success strategies.
learned the activity — an interactive team challenge
designed to enhance collaboration — while participating
in one of the Kellogg School's recently created executive
programs directed at education leaders. Offered through the
Nonprofit Management, the multiday programs focus on leadership,
combining theory and practice in a dynamic setting. Kellogg
has spent two years developing the programs, which include
the seminars Leading for Change and Leading Successful
Schools. Each program runs over three days.
attended both offerings, held in January and June, and says
his staff has learned "how to be synergistic" and
more effective in solving problems as a result. Kellogg has
designed these seminars to equip school leaders with management
skills to direct their organizations effectively.
Livingston Howard '93, associate director of the Center
for Nonprofit Management, said this is an important Kellogg
initiative because "we have an expertise that school
leaders need." She said the program has been "hugely
successful" with more than 60 senior participants enrolling
from a diverse range of schools. "School leaders often
come to their positions with outstanding academic credentials
and experience," said Howard. "However, few of them
have management experience. Our programs help these leaders
better understand the financial, leadership and management
issues they will face."
programs are supported by Kellogg experts and senior education
practitioners. Elaine Schuster, former superintendent
of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the education
fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Management. After spending
35 years in educational administration, Schuster was CEO and
president of the Golden Apple Foundation, where she first
connected with the Kellogg nonprofit center's executive offerings.
When she heard that the center wanted to reach out to school
leaders specifically, her expertise was a perfect fit.
knows that today's academic executives are asked to direct
a complex organization. Doing so demands knowledge of budgeting,
management and fundraising, as well as the ability to work
with a board and the local community. "The leadership
skills, the research and the kinds of knowledge that come
from the Kellogg School's professors can be of tremendous
help," said Schuster.