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:

 

 

  • Who We Are

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    The Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE), an entity in the Governors State University College of Education, presents a series of professional and executive development programs for senior public school leaders with an overarching focus on rigor, relevance, and research-based student achievement program improvement. MILE has brought world renowned‎ thinkers and educators to GSU: Jonathan Kozol (twice), Harry and Rosemary Wong (twice), noted neuropsychologist Daniel Goldman (twice), Nikki Giovanni‎, Pedro Noguera, and others. Our senior project leaders have over 100 years of successful school-based leadership and we are committed to being a valued and trusted resource to those leading our public schools to excellence. Contact Alicia Rodman McCray, MILE Director, at amccray@govst.edu or call 708.534.4015 for information on any of programs or to discuss any assistance you need. As we enter our eleventh year of providing quality and affordable professional development programs to superintendents, principals, board members, and administrative office staff, please reach out to us regarding your professional development needs.

  • What We Do

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    School Leaders Mentoring and Professional Development Programs

    Over the past nine 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 (teddy@govst.edu), Senior Project Leader, at 708.235.7179. 


    Principal Performance Based Evaluation Model

    Over the past six years, we have 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 (djoy@govst.edu), Senior Project Leader,at 708.534.1649, to learn more about using the model for your district.

     

    Graduate Cohorts in Educational Administration

    Multi-categorical 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, or call 708.534.4536.

     

    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.  To learn more, contact Dr.Tom Eddy, Senior Project Leader, at 708.235.7179.

  • Coming Programs

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    Restorative Practices and Senate Bill 100 The Use of Restorative Practices in Schools and Senate Bill 100

    (Administrators' Academy #1778 – September 2016)
    Join us for this important workshop on Senate Bill 100 () and the use of Restorative Practices. This workshop presents effective classroom/school management strategies and appropriate disciplinary methods that promote positive and healthy school climates, which is a requirement of the New Illinois Discipline Legislation. Participants will learn Restorative Practices that are multifaceted in nature and include: interventions when harm has happened; practices to prevent harm and conflict by building a sense of community; and establishing a sense of belonging, safety, and social responsibility in the school community. Participants will learn informal and formal restorative practices such as restorative questions, pro-active circles, and restorative conferences. Participants will gain the knowledge to develop a school or classroom discipline plan based on the principles of Restorative Practices, which meet the requirements Senate Bill 100. Presenters are Ruth Cross, Senior Consultant, and Dr. Pamela Randall-Garner, Senior Staff Advisor, both of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

    • Administrators' Academy 1778; CPDUs will be available.
    • Cost: $50 Registration Fee
    • $15 Administrators' Academy Fee

     

    Other Professional Development Opportunities

    MILE offers Administrators' Academy workshops geared to the needs and interests of superintendents, principals, and school board members.  Examples of recent workshops this year: Assessing Student Growth: Using Technology to Measure Student Learning;Social and Emotional Teaching and Learning; A Framework for Understanding Poverty; Out of Bounds:  Cyber-Bullying; School Board Networking Dinner: School Finance for Board Members; and The Use of Restorative Practices in Schools and Senate Bill 100.  Please note all of our workshops are State-approved Administrators' Academies.

  • Contact Us

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    Contact Alicia Rodman McCray, MILE Director, atamccray@govst.edu or call 708.534.4015 for information on any of these programs or to discuss any assistance you need. As we enter our eleventh year of providing quality and affordable professional development programs to superintendents, principals, board members, and administrative office staff, please reach out to us regarding your professional development needs.

Staff

MILE Director
Ms. Alicia Rodman McCray
708.534.4015

Assistant to the MILE Director
Jacquelyn McKenzie
708.235.7594

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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