School Leadership Network to assist urban school principals

Announcing this after the board of trustees approved the new initiative, Kari Schlachtenhaufen, President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation said, "We recognize the crucial role of principals in the life of the school and the success of its students. We decided to bring together educators from the Archdiocese, charter schools, Detroit Public Schools and Lutheran schools to develop a collaborative approach to helping the urban principal become a leader addressing the academic, social and psychological needs of urban children."

The School Leadership Network seeks to create a pool of potential principals for urban schools and retool veteran principals to more effectively meet the needs of urban leaders and their families.

The first three recipients of grants for the School Leadership Network are:

  • The Charter Schools Development & Performance Institute for an Administrator Leadership Program with $533,000 over three years
  • School District of the City of Detroit for the Detroit Public Schools Leadership Academy with $786,000 over three years
  • Archdiocese of Detroit for the Program for Principal Proficiency with $540,000 over three years.

All three grantees of the School Leadership Network agree to operate collaboratively to attain the program goals, identify common issues and concerns, share lessons learned and to open their individual activities to all the principals in the network.

Other grants approved at the February board meeting include the one-year grant to five private schools participating in the Skillman Scholars program: Cranbrook Educational Center at $156,124; Detroit Country Day at $176,400; Interlochen Center for the Arts at $31,450; Roeper City and Country Schools at $80,190 and University Liggett at $122,201.