The Kentucky Chamber Foundation is seeking donations from businesses in County County to provide new principals in the County school district the opportunity to attend the Leadership Institute for School Principals. The Institute provides public- and private school principals the opportunity to receive executive-level leadership training from the internationally acclaimed Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).
Businesses large and small have stepped up to support this program that has been called a “game changer” for Kentucky education. Contributing businesses designate which counties they support, and only principals from those counties can be selected to attend the program. Although more than $1 million has been raised, the Chamber Foundation would still like to receive donations from all 120 Kentucky counties so all principals in the Commonwealth will be eligible.
The cost to attend the institute is $9,000 per principal – but because of the donations, there are no out-of-pocket expenses for them to attend. The training includes a three-day session at the CCL campus in Greensboro, N.C., and four days of training by CCL instructors at the Kentucky Chamber’s headquarters in Frankfort.
The Chamber Foundation began the project by investing $400,000 in a pilot program in 2011. Principals who participated in the pilot were overwhelmed by the the effectiveness of the program and the generosity of the Kentucky businesses who sponsored them.
“The Leadership Institute was the single most effective professional development experience in which I have ever participated,” said Jeff Jennings, principal of Butler County Middle School. “When I left Greensboro, I had a solid plan of action that will have a positive impact on student achievement.”
The deadline to pledge support to principals in each county is February 1. Businesses interested in supporting a principal from a specific county or from a county where the business has customers, can contact Kelly Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 695-4700.