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Leading Successful Schools

Position Your School for Excellence

All-New Curriculum for 2015.

Today’s school leaders are expected to articulate and communicate vision and strategy, to build a strong, sustainable culture to achieve high standards of excellence, to inspire and motivate a diverse, talented workforce and to explore and create key partnerships within the community to expand the school’s mission, while achieving high standards of academic excellence. At the same time, strong leaders need to deepen their own skills to fulfill their potential. 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 and culture, the art and science of motivation, and drawing upon the key strengths of community partners to further their school’s mission. This exciting educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to share best practices and challenges with each other.

Upcoming Sessions

  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’s vision and culture to build a stronger school community
  2. Equip school leaders with practical strategies on how to motivate and nurture the talents of a diverse work force
  3. Better understand the benefits of developing community partnerships to further the school’s mission
  4. Enhance and deepen the individual leadership skills of participants
  5. Build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development
Engaged: The Art and Science of Sustaining Motivation
  1. Help school leaders understand the significant challenges in keeping a diverse workforce motivated and engaged
  2. Engage participants in candid dialogue regarding their perspectives on generational differences
  3. Equip school leaders with practical strategies on how to motivate, integrate and strategically leverage individuals across the generational divides within and outside of their schools
  4. Apply these motivational strategies to advance the mission of the school and promote its workforce sustainability

Building a Strong, Sustainable School Culture

  1. Create a culture in order to build a stronger school community
  2. Utilize a practical and applicable definition of culture to gain a deeper understanding of their school’s culture
  3. Focus on tools that can be used to shape their school’s culture in order to maximize student learning and the impact of instruction

Living the Vision

  1. Develop an understanding of the motivations of various stakeholders which is the foundation for sharing vision and developing a strong school organizational culture
  2. Understand a school lives its vision in the many ways a leader inspires faculty, staff, and volunteers to work with a larger sense of purpose in mind
  3. Explore the three major activities the leader must do in direct support of others
  4. Hire with an eye to purpose
  5. Connect individual roles to the school’s larger purpose
  6. Ensure that the school’s values translate to observable actions

The Craft and Science of Partnering: Groups and Organizations

  1. Understand the rationale behind alliances as a key component of your school’s strategy
  2. Identify, select and sustain the right set of partners and set of partnerships to expand your school’s mission
  3. Provide and evaluate tools to help leaders understand and assemble their portfolio of partnerships
  4. Explore methods to make the most of collaborations with other organizations

Growing As a Leader and Nurturing Talent

  1. Demonstrate effectiveness in leading successful schools
  2. Prove leadership qualities through effective communication strategies
  3. Show capacity for envisioning future direction
  4. Grow talent and lead successful teams
Gail Berger - Lecturer

Tom Collinger - Associate professor, Executive Director of Medill IMC Spiegel Digital and Database Research Center, Senior Director of Medill Distance Learning Initiative

Jeannette Colyvas - Associate Professor of Human Development & Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy

Lisa A Fortini-Campbell - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Candy Lee - Clinical Professor of Journalism; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

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. 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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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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