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Kentucky school principals will receive executive-level leadership training through an institute being created and funded by the state’s business community through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation.
Bullitt Central High School Principal Christy Coulter has been selected to participate in the pilot class of the Leadership Institute for School Principals.
“I am very excited,” Coulter said.
Pilot classes will begin this summer for principals (two groups of 24 each) who will participate in sessions at the nationally recognized Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, N.C., and follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.
CCL is a top-ranked global provider of executive education founded in 1970 that established an education and nonprofit section in 1988. Numerous Kentucky corporations use CCL to provide training for their executives.
The institute, which has the support of the AT&T Foundation, is available to Kentucky principals who have at least one year of experience working at any school level. Principals selected for the program will attend at no cost to themselves. Tuition and hotel costs will be paid by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, and each participant will receive a stipend to cover travel and meals.
“Education has consistently been the Kentucky Chamber’s top policy priority, reflecting our belief that a strong education system is the best foundation for a strong economy,” said Dave Adkisson, secretary of the Chamber Foundation and president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “After reviewing many possible ways we could support improvements in education, we believe leadership training is the most appropriate focus of our efforts. 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 that Kentucky principals be given executive-level training similar to that provided for corporate leaders.”