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.
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.