Fisher hosts Principals Leadership Academy capstone event
On September 18, more than 200 Ohio public school principals gathered for the capstone event of the Executive Principals Leadership Academy (EPLA), a three-year collaboration between Fisher’s Executive Education program, faculty in the college's Department of Management and Human Resources (MHR), the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Outreach and Engagement for Ohio State.
Three nationally recognized experts on education and school reform served as keynote speakers for the event, including: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, managing director of North Star Academies in New Jersey and the author of Leverage Leadership, an authoritative resource for principals of turnaround schools; Gregory Anrig, vice president of the Century Foundation and the author of Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence that Collaboration Builds Effective Schools; and Eric Thomas, chief support officer of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia and the leader of a highly successful three-year turnaround of Aiken High School in Cincinnati. The event was organized by Roy Lewicki, Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professor of Management and Human Resources Emeritus at Fisher.
The purpose of the EPLA was to provide principals of low performing schools in Ohio with a specific plan for improving school performance, and to strengthen the personal skills of these principals to become more effective building leaders. Lewicki served as the academic director of the program, and faculty members Anthony Rucci and Larry Inks of Fisher's MHR department served in key teaching and administrative roles. Overall, 300 Ohio principals participated in the eight-day program over a three-year period. The program was underwritten by U.S. Department of Education Race To the Top funds, a national program designed to stimulate local and regional initiatives for improving the quality of the nation's public schools.
View the video below, featuring Lewicki and program participants, to learn more about the EPLA.