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Effective School Leadership

Position Your School for Excellence

Today’s school leaders are expected to articulate and communicate vision and strategy as well as motivate and mentor a diverse, talented workforce, all while inspiring others to build a strong, sustainable culture of achieving high standards of academic excellence. At the same time, effective leaders need to deepen their own skills to fulfill their personal leadership potential. This newly designed program will allow participants to enhance and deepen their management and leadership skills and help them lead with a more compelling sense of mission and purpose. 

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 investing, maintaining and leveraging social capital, in taking a different approach to changing minds and behavior within their teams and the broader school community and looking introspectively at their own personal executive presence. This exciting educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to network and share best practices and challenges with each other.

**All New Curriculum**

Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    July 6-8, 2016
  • Apply Online
    July 13-15, 2016
  1. Superintendents, Principals, Assistant/Associate Principals, Lead Teachers
  2. School Senior Leadership Teams
  3. Board Members
  4. Instructional Leaders

***Participants are encouraged to come as a team. However, there will be a limit of four team members per school***

  1. To lead with a greater sense of purpose and mission
  2. To utilize coaching as a tool for greater leadership success within your schools
  3. To equip senior leaders with practical strategies to develop and nurture the talent of those you lead and with whom you work
  4. To learn about the critical role of social capital as the fuel for 21st Century Leadership
  5. To learn the key components that make up Executive Presence and to diagnose key areas where you can improve
  6. To learn the science of behavior change
  7. To structure your physical environment to cause behavioral change within your teams
  8. To enhance and deepen the individual leadership skills of participants
  9. To build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development
The Leader as Coach
  1. To help school leaders understand a powerful model for establishing a coaching relationship and how to implement it
  2. To use this model with a classmate to identify a meaningful leadership issue and track its progress over time
  3. To equip participants with coaching strategies to apply this model with their colleagues

Connected: Leadership and the Power of Social Capital

    1. To learn about the critical role of social capital as the fuel for 21st century leadership
    2. To give leaders the opportunity to diagnose their social network and opportunities for growth
    3. To offer leaders practical strategies for investing in, maintaining and leveraging social capital

    Generating Better Ideas with Your Team

      1. To learn about barriers to individual and group idea generation
      2. To use professional ideation techniques to amplify your team’s ability to generate creative and practical ideas
      3. To learn a method for structuring focused, engaging ideation sessions
      4. To elevate your leadership skills to get better ideas from diverse teammates

      Executive Presence

      1. The key components that make up executive presence – that elusive quality that telegraphs to others that you are a leader worth listening to
      2. How to diagnose key areas where you can improve and apply specific tools for improvement
      3. How to give feedback effectively to the people that you lead and mentor on developing their own presence

      Behavioral Design: A New Approach to Changing Minds and Behavior
      1. To learn the science of behavior change
      2. How to identify the behavioral challenges of your internal and external stakeholders
      3. To structure your physical environment to cause behavioral change
      4. To learn strategies and techniques to change these behavioral challenges
      Liz Gerber - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Professor of Design, McCormick School of Engineering

      Fred Harburg - Clinical Professor of Executive Education; Executive Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI)

      Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

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

      Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

      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. There are up to 50% scholarships available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations and schools. 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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