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George W. Bush Institute Announces Principal Leadership Program Expansion at Loyola
University’s Program Named Alliance to Reform Education Leadership Site
CHICAGO, November 12, 2012 — The George W. Bush Institute named Loyola University Chicago’s Principal Preparation Program as one of nine new principal preparation sites of the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL), a network of innovative principal preparation programs around the country changing the way school leaders are recruited, selected, trained, evaluated, and empowered.
“Since its beginning, the School of Education has always been focused on developing and maintaining strong partnerships with public and private schools,” said David Prasse, dean of Loyola’s School of Education. “We are excited to continue that legacy with our principal preparation program.”
In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, through the Chicago Leadership Collaborative, and the Office of Catholic Schools, through Loyola’s Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, Loyola’s Principal Preparation program was collaboratively designed with University faculty from both inside and outside the discipline area of educational leadership to ensure that candidates acquire a foundation of educational leadership, teaching and learning, research, data analysis, and community perspectives.
“We all know student learning is determined by the effectiveness of teachers, but one good teacher’s impact can fade if students don’t benefit from effective teachers in subsequent years,” said Dr. Kerri Briggs, program director for Education Reform at the Bush Institute. “Our nation’s 90,000 principals are the critical element required to maintain that learning momentum, so it is our duty to make sure that every school has an effective leader.”
Through AREL’s broad alliance of innovative principal preparation programs, the Bush Institute is working to redefine the role of America’s school leaders. AREL convenes a results-oriented principal preparation program network, spotlights effective principals and the district and state conditions that allow principals to be successful, and inspires stakeholders to support school leadership that makes a difference in a child’s education.
In today’s public schools, the principal plays a critical role in advancing student achievement. He or she must set the vision and create a culture of success on campus, oversee all human capital aspects, including the hiring, developing, and releasing of teachers, and set the expectations necessary to improve achievement for nearly 50 million students attending public school every day. To meet all these needs, AREL is focused on creating a collaborative network of preparation programs that are focused on AREL’s nine competency standards, including a focus on rigorous principal candidate selection process, targeted principal training, a meaningful clinical leadership experience, and continuously evaluating their graduates’ effectiveness in raising student achievement.
A generous commitment from AT&T supported the launch of the AREL initiative in 2010, and its partnership with AT&T has been instrumental in the success of AREL and the continued expansion of the program in 2012. The Sid W. Richardson Foundation, dedicated to funding meaningful organizations to improve our society, continues to be an important partner in supporting the ongoing development and expansion of the AREL program through 2015.
Announced by former First Lady of the United State Laura Bush in September 2010, AREL focuses on enhancing and empowering the performance of America’s school principals as a means to impact student achievement. As the first initiative of the George W. Bush Institute, AREL is one of five major efforts within the Bush Institute’s Education Reform area. Sustained by its national and local partners and supporters, AREL connects principal preparation programs that are committed to the research and effective practices known to make a difference in the development of great leaders. The Alliance builds on the important work of the Rainwater Leadership Alliance, and the Wallace, Kern, and Eli & Edythe Broad Foundations who thought about the leadership challenges facing our schools and developed best practices for leadership preparation. In building AREL, every partner commits to work toward, and challenge, these best practices, thus ensuring an increase in the number of people successfully leading schools and helping more students achieve. There are now 28 AREL Network sites spanning 15 states and the District of Columbia.
About the George W. Bush Institute
The George W. Bush Institute advances freedom through education reform, global health, human freedom, and economic growth. In all its programming, the institute integrates initiatives that empower women and military service personnel. The Bush Institute is the policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the presidential library, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. For more information, visit www.BushCenter.com, Facebook.com/TheBushCenter, and Twitter.com/TheBushCenter.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.