Forty-six Kentucky school principals recently began executive-level leadership training through an institute funded by the state’s business community. Participants in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals will complete the program in the spring of 2016.
Leadership training for the principals began in June at the nationally recognized Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, N.C. It will continue with two follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year at the Kentucky Chamber’s headquarters in Frankfort. CCL is a top-ranked global provider of executive education founded in 1970. Many Kentucky corporations use CCL to provide training for their executives.
Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both public and private schools applied for the institute; participants were selected by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents. The institute is being supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $2 million has been spent on nearly 300 principals since the program began in 2011.
“We are proud of the fact that Kentucky is the only state in which the business community has made this kind of investment in its principals,” said Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. “Employers understand the positive impact of strong leadership in the workplace, and the same is true of schools. That’s why we think it is important Kentucky principals be given executive-level training similar to that provided for corporate leaders.”
The participating principals attend at no cost to themselves. Tuition, travel and hotel costs will be paid by the Chamber Foundation.