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

  • Performance-Based Principal Evaluation Program


    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

  • School Leaders Coaching


    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


    • School Board Networking Dinner
      Join us on January 14 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 708.534.4014 or Gabrielle Sutton 708.235.7591 to learn more about this program.


    • School Board Member Leadership Academy
      MILE 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. Contact Alicia McCray 708.534.4015 or Gabrielle Sutton 708.235.7591 to learn more about this program.

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MILE Director
Ms. Alicia Rodman McCray

Assistant to the MILE Director
Ms. Gabrielle Sutton

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
Ms. Alicia McCray / Dr. Dor Fitzgerald

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

Graduate Cohort Program Director
Dr. Dor Fitzgerald