Four Principals Off To Harvard

Harvard_shielduniversityAccording to CPS, four principals have been given the chance to go to Harvard for a week, thanks to Washington Mutual bank.

The
participating principals are Tresa Dunbar, Nash
Elementary School; Shirley Ewings, Beidler Elementary School;
Dr. Shirley Scott, Ellington Elementary School; and Dr. Shirl
ey A. Scott, Faraday Elementary School.

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CPS
Principals Bound for Harvard This Summer

Washington Mutual Covers Four Principals’ Tuition

 

Washington
Mutual will send four Chicago Public Schools elementary school principals to
Harvard this summer, from July 22 to 27, to attend Harvard’s National Institute
for Urban School Leaders.

 

“Learning from the best and the brightest at
Harvard will have a strong impact on these leaders and their schools,”
said Arne Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

 

The
participating principals are Tresa Dunbar, Nash
Elementary School; Shirley Ewings, Beidler Elementary School;
Dr. Shirley Scott, Ellington Elementary School; and Dr. Shirley A. Scott, Faraday Elementary School.

 

Washington
Mutual selected principals from Chicago’s
West Side as part of the company’s ongoing partnership with Chicago public schools in
this region.

 

WaMu’s
relationship with CPS started with the company’
s
involvement in the annual CPS Principal for a Day program. Jim Keith, regional vice president of Washington Mutual in Chicago, serves as Principal for a Day at Faraday Elementary
  School
, 3250 W. Monroe St.

 

“At
WaMu, we are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,
and helping our local schools is fundamental to that effort,” Keith said.
“Our partnership with these West Side
schools will extend beyond the Harvard institute week, and we’re looking
forward to continuing to work with them.”

 

Each CPS
principal participating in Harvard’s National Institute for Urban School
Leaders will get a $6,000 grant from WaMu, to cover the $2,395 institute tuition,
travel, boarding and meals.

 

Harvard’s
National Institute for Urban School Leaders is designed to help principals and
other school leaders create more effective urban schools. Participants will examine
schools in relation to the community—exploring race, culture, equity,
special education and social justice in today’s diverse urban classrooms.

 

In six days
of study, participants will focus on strategies for improving teaching and
learning, and how to engender commitment from the community to support the work
of schools. Participants will work with leading researchers, practitioners and
colleagues to refine leadership skills, examine successful practices from urban
settings, set expectations for high achievement and explore strategies to
promote high student achievement school wide.

 

There will be
community-building activities in daily small-group interaction and outside of
the lecture hall, independent readings that address specific institute themes
from the perspectives of researchers and practitioners, reflective writing in
daily journal entries, and large- and small-group interaction
.

 

Later this year, WaMu also will give five CPS teachers
each a $3,000 grant to enable them to attend an institute by the Public
Education & Business Coalition in Denver,
Colo.

 

Washington Mutual operates 146 retail banking stores
in the Chicagoland area. In 2006, the company spent more than $16 million
supporting kindergarten-to-12th-grade education across the U.S.

 

The Chicago Public
Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system. It includes more
than 600 schools and serves about 415,000 students.

 

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