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Building Strong School Leaders

Tools and Techniques for Driving Impact

Today’s school leaders are expected not only to be academic thought leaders but also to be effective leaders setting vision and strategy, creating change and managing the teams necessary to improve their schools and build a successful school community. This new program offered at the Kellogg School of Management will provide school leaders (including principals, assistant principals, superintendents, lead teachers, board members, and executive directors of education based nonprofits) with theories, tools and tactics to build their leadership capacity and support their ability to move their schools to greater success. 

Combining the rigor of academic faculty with the expertise of nonprofit practitioners, this three day program will provide school leaders with leading edge theory in leadership, strategy and change management along with key lessons in using data to make decisions, managing conflict in and among their teams.

Upcoming Sessions

  1. Superintendents, Principals, Assistant/Associate Principals, Lead Teachers
  2. School Senior Leadership Teams
  3. Board Members
Participants are encouraged to come as a team to this program and we have special pricing available for teams. This team could include principals, assistant principals, board members, and key instructional leaders. This unique educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to network with each other as well as to learn from leading experts in management.
  1. Improve the ability to think strategically about the school and match vision with a strategy for success
  2. Enhance leadership capabilities including conflict resolution, team building and others
  3. Better understand theories of change and the barriers to managing change in the school
  4. Learn to use data to make decisions and the role that data plays in building a successful school community
  5. Build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development
Leading Mission Driven Change
  1. Understand key drivers of change
  2. Understand eight stages of change
  3. Learn to engage key stakeholders in change process
  4. Create a culture of change within your school
Team Building
  1. Explore various approaches to team leadership,
  2. Examine ways that teams can improve decision-making
  3. Discern different types of conflict impact teams
  4. Discover effective communication strategies
  5. Session includes team building activities that can be replicated at the organization
Succeeding in an Era of Outcomes
  1. Learn to focus on the outcomes not the activities
  2. Identify measures of school success beyond test scores
  3. Build a culture of measurement among school leadership, staff, and students
  4. Articulate outcomes to key stakeholders
Leading and Mobilizing People
  1. Understand leadership models of successful schools
  2. Think strategically about the people resources of your school
  3. Understand how to mobilize political and social capital around a shared strategic vision
  4. Understand others’ goals and actions and how to motivate for success
Conflict Resolution
  1. Identify sources of conflict
  2. Gain skills in managing internal and external conflict among individuals and teams
  3. Build strong understanding of ways to resolve disputes amicably among diverse constituents
Gail Berger - Lecturer

Lynn Cohn - Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law, Director of Center on Negotiation and Mediation, Northwestern University School of Law

Brayden King - Professor of Management & Organizations

Pranav Kothari - Guest Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management; Senior Director, Innovation, at StriveTogether

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

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.

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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Cancellation Policy:
Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend.  Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund.  Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.  

 *Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation.  Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option.  The participant must continue with the rollover process.

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