Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

New Group Plans to Recruit and Train New Principals in Chicago

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

New Group Plans to Recruit and Train New Principals in Chicago

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Looking for new blood to, lead some of the Windy City s beleaguered schools, a new group has been formed with $1.2 million in seed money to recruit and train people from outside the education arena to lead some of Chicago's schools.

Comprising the group are Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico; New Leaders for New Schools; the Chicago Public Education Fund: and the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation. New Leaders for New Schools, the spearhead organization, was founded in 2000 by a team of former teachers, business leaders and education policy experts who had attended Harvard Business Schools and Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

The move comes at a time when several school districts, including Denver, are looking at nontraditional leaders for education, in part to shake up the educational system and in part to usher in a new wave of accountability.

In addition to the lofty goals of creating new leaders from outside the education arena, the move is also needed for practical reasons. Namely, Chicago, like most districts throughout the U.S., will lose principals, teachers and administrators in waves during the next several years because of retirements. The new group is designed to help staunch that gap. …

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