May 25, 2011

Executive Education develops Principal Leadership Academy

After nearly a year of planning and preparation, Ohio State's Office of Outreach & Engagement—in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education and Fisher College of Business has launched the Executive Principals Leadership Academy.

The Academy is a state-of-the-art executive training program specifically designed to train Ohio primary and secondary school principals in leadership and management skills to enhance the teaching and learning atmospheres in their buildings. The Fisher College’s Executive Education department, led by Dr. Carol Newcomb, houses the Academy and has taken a leadership role in crafting a curriculum with a significant business leadership bent, focused on impactful performance and effective management. This curriculum follows six strategic instructional pillars, fortified by a series of focus groups that engaged principals and their educational partners to inform the content and best practices utilized in the Academy.

 This Academy is part of the greater statewide education transformation project funded by the federal Race to the Top program through the School Improvement Grant process. This partnership with the Ohio Department of Education ensures that the Academy initially serves school leaders whose buildings can benefit most from this brand of non-traditional and innovative instruction. The Academy will welcome 300 principals and other educators through the two-year life of this $3 million grant project, investing in Ohio’s educational leadership and providing tools that help elevate principal standards and ensure accountability for school leadership.

The interdisciplinary, collaboratively developed program combines the expertise of Fisher’s established Executive Education program, academic scholars from the Colleges of Education & Human Ecology and Arts & Sciences, national public education turnaround experts and the community-building experience of Ohio State’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement. Senior Vice President Joyce Beatty served as the principal investigator on the grant.