About MILE

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 Program

The Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE), Governors State University College of Education, once again presents a series of professional and executive development programs for public school senior leaders with an overarching focus on student achievement and continuous program improvement. Please note all of our workshops are approved Administrators Academies.  As we enter our tenth year of providing quality professional development programs to senior leaders in education, we are pleased to present our 2015-2016 programs and offerings:



  • Graduate Cohorts


    Graduate Cohorts in Educational Administration, Multicategorical Special Education and Reading

    If you would like to host a Graduate Cohort in your District please email Dr.Dor Fitzgerald, Graduate Cohort Director, at dfitzgerald@govst.edu, 708.534.4536.


  • Principal Performance Based Evaluation Model


    Over the past five years, we partnered with over 30 school districts and more than 300 school leaders (principals and assistant principals) who participated in a comprehensive, formative, and performance-based evaluation model. Call Dr. Donna Joy, Senior Project Leader,at 708.534.1649, to learn more about using the model for your district.



  • School Leaders Mentoring


    School Leaders Mentoring and Professional Development Program

    Over the past eight years, over 150 school administrators have participated in the MILE state-approved New Principals Mentoring program. This year-long program pairs new school leaders with experienced principals for 50 contact hours focusing on communication, team-building, and time management skills, as well as strategies for success. MILE mentors have received CLASS and VAL-ED training and, together with their mentees, have access to additional professional development experiences through this program. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Eddy, Senior Project Leader, at 708.235.7179.

  • Mandatory School Board Leadership Training


    GSU/MILE is approved by the ISBE to offer this four-hour training on professional development leadership training, covering topics in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, the Open Meetings Act, and the fiduciary responsibilities of a board member. The next program is scheduled for April 9, 2016. MILE will host a School Board Networking Dinner at Idlewild Country Club on Thursday, February 11, 2016. To learn more, contact Dr. Tom Eddy, Senior Project Leader, at 708.235.7179.

  • Other Professional Development Opportunities


    This year we are offering three Administrators’ Academy workshops geared to the needs and interests of superintendents, principals, and school board members:

    • Assessing Student Growth: Using Technology to Measure Student Learning  September 24, 2015
    • Social and Emotional Teaching and Learning  October 28, 2015
    • Bridges Out of Poverty:  Making a Difference  December 3, 2015

    Contact Alicia Rodman McCray, Director, at amccray@govst.edu or call 708.534.4015 for information on any of these programs or to discuss any assistance you need. MILE wants to partner with you on matters related to school leadership and encourages you to let us know how to better meet your continuing professional development needs and interests. We are committed to being a valued and trusted resource to those leading our public schools to excellence.


MILE Director
Ms. Alicia Rodman McCray

Assistant to the MILE Director
Jacquelyn McKenzie

Project Leader

Dr. Tom Eddy


Principal Performance-Based Evaluation Project Leader
Dr. Donna Joy

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

New School Leaders / Mentoring Program
Dr. Tom Eddy

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

Graduate Cohort Program Director
Dr. Dor Fitzgerald