The Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education supports the professional, leadership and executive development needs of senior education leaders in Southern Cook, Northern Kankakee and Eastern Will County school districts. Our practice areas:

  • Reflect research–based strategic drivers for successful public schools.
  • Are integrated with the University's mission and values.
  • Offer value to the regional educational leaders we serve.

MILE is a thought leader and trusted resource for senior leaders in public education. In the context of a public forum, MILE aggregates best practices for sharing across and within school districts. We collaboratively build and sustain tools and resources for public school partners in meeting the needs of students, teachers, school leaders and related personnel in changing environments. We bring the resources of GSU to help you address matters in your district.

MILE Programs

  • 2014 Education Leadership Conference

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    2014 Education Leadership Conference:  The DNA of Successful Schools = Academic Press + Community of Care 

    Join us downtown Chicago on September 25 and 26 to hear one the nation’s top ten Education Scholars (Education Week, January 2014) present a powerful framework to help you strengthen your school and district culture.  You will learn the practices and structures that have historically resulted in high-performing schools and will help you design a supportive district and school cultures for the greatest impact on student success.  To learn more, click here.

     

  • Programs for Senior Leaders in Education

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    We offer a series of workshops, several of which are eligible for CPDU’s or Academic Academy Credit. This year’s programming theme focuses on how the interplay of academic, social, and emotional learning can lead to better student achievement. These programs address how effective communities (teachers, administrators, boards) and professional culture work together to improve outcomes for student learning. Taken as a series or individually, the MILE series of PD programs provide education leaders with relevant and rigorous focus on strategies, tools and resources that will help you and your colleagues implement realistic and research-based practices that can have a significant impact on academic achievement. This year’s programs include an emphasis on academic, social and emotional learning.  To learn more, call 708.534.4015

     

  • Programs for All School and Community Members

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     Tuesday-Wednesday, July 15-16

    CLASS Blended Coaching Training

    If you are interested in blended coaching, and are looking for a professional development program to improve your mentoring effectiveness and outcomes, the MILE program at Governors State University is offering free CLASS (Coaching Leaders to Attain Student Success) Training presented by the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). The characteristics of effective school leaders are complex and are described in the Illinois Performance Standards for School Leaders (IPSSL) and in the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards for educational leaders. CLASS is consistent with IPSSL and ISLLC standards, and emphasizes the development of school leaders who:

                 have a relentless focus on student achievement

                 understand the power of collaboration

                 have an inclusive and collaborative leadership style, and

                 support teachers and their professional development, building a focus on student achievement.

    We offer CPDU’s, as well as mentoring strategies, planning tools, articles, sample documents, and links to other resources. To register or learn more, call 708.534.4024.

    Sunday, September 7, 1:00 p.m.

    How Families Can Support Social and Emotional Learning for Your Child’s Success in School.  Come hear Dr. Ruth Cross share how you can make a positive impact on your child’s academic success by supporting social and emotional learning. Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students' social and emotional skills. Learn how your involvement can play a significant role by encouraging student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom.  To register, or learn more, call 708.534.4024.

  • Performance-Based Principal Evaluation Program

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    We developed and piloted a Performance-Based Principal Evaluation Plan that meets all Illinois requirements while considering the behaviors that improve the quality of instructional leadership in schools. This plan is used throughout Northern Illinois by nearly 200 principals. The design team of over thirty educators was facilitated by Dr. Joseph Murphy, professor at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education, and a recognized leader in the area of school improvement. To learn more about the GSU Principal Performance-Based Evaluation or to become a partner with GSU in this initiative, email Dr. Donna Joy, Project Leader, at mailto:djoy@govst.edu.

  • School Leaders Coaching

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    MILE has been designated an Illinois New Principal Mentoring provider, where educational mentors are provided to coach school leaders (principals, assistant principals, directors, deans, etc.) and provide them with opportunities to achieve measured growth. This program includes on-site visits as well as professional development through Governors State University. Contact: Alicia McCray 708.534.4015 or Lynne Hostetter 708.534.8043 to learn more about this program.

  • School Board Members

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    • School Board Networking Dinner
      Join us on January 29 (tentative date) at Idlewild Country Club for this annual dinner on legal updates for Board Members featuring Jim Bartley, Partner, Klein Thorpe and Jenkins. Contact Alicia McCray 708.534.4015 or Gabrielle Sutton 708.235.7591 to learn more about this program.

     

    Mandatory State Training for School Board Members

    School Board Leadership Academy 

    This workshop is required for newly elected board members and for mid-term board members who want to enhance their leadership skills. MILE, in conjunction with IASA South Cook, Partners at Klein Thorpe and Jenkins, LLC, and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), has been authorized by the Illinois State Board of Education as an approved school board training entity in connection with a revision in the Illinois School Code. School board members elected or appointed after June 13, 2011 must complete a minimum of four hours of professional development leadership training covering topics in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities of a board member.

    This workshop is presented at a low cost ($50 per attendee), in person, by education professionals you know and trust. Check back for workshop dates or call 708.534.4024 for more information. 

     

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    Staff

    MILE Director
    Ms. Alicia Rodman McCray
    708.534.4015

    Assistant to the MILE Director
    Ms. Gabrielle Sutton
    708.235.7591

    Project Leader

    Dr. Tom Eddy

    708.235.7179

    Principal Performance-Based Evaluation Project Leader
    Dr. Donna Joy
    708.534.1649

    Assistant to the Principal Performance-Based Evaluation Project Leader
    Ms. Jacquelyn McKenzie
    708.235.7594

    New School Leaders / Mentoring Program
    Dr. Tom Eddy

    Assistant to New School Leaders / Mentoring Program
    Ms. Lynne Hostetter
    708.534.8043

    Graduate Cohort Program Director
    Dr. Dor Fitzgerald
    708.534-4536

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