Think Outside of the Classroom
Ron McGuire (left), a consultant for the Ohio Department of Education, and Roy Lewicki (right), Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professorship and professor of management and human resources, led sessions during the Executive Principals Leadership Academy.
Ron McGuire (left), a consultant for the Ohio Department of Education, and Roy Lewicki (right), Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professorship and professor of management and human resources, led sessions during the Executive Principals Leadership Academy.

Initiative Urges School Administrators to Think Outside of the Classroom

When nationally acclaimed school turnaround expert Gillian Williams learned that Fisher’s Executive Education program was leading the development of the Executive Principals Leadership Academy, she said, “I was really excited about working with Fisher College of Business.”

In its pilot year, the academy is a partnership between Fisher, the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio State’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement, the College of Education and Human Ecology, and the Office of the Provost.

The academy’s goal is to help primary and secondary school principals in Ohio develop management and organizational leadership skills that will make them more successful in improving academic performance.

Led by Roy Lewicki, Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professorship and professor of management and human resources, the Executive Education team at Fisher worked with consultants from the state’s department of education to develop the curriculum. What they created was a one-of-a-kind program that combined best practices from the business world with expertise from the education field and the School Turnaround program, founded by Williams.

After more than a year of observation, holding focus groups with principals, meeting with school personnel, and consulting with educational experts, Lewicki and his team developed six instructional pillars: organizational leadership and management; goal setting; team building and communication; cultural understanding; accountability and responsibility; and educational strategy.

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