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Jason Detre, principal of the New Haven School, is among 48 Kentucky school leaders who will receive executive-level leadership training at an institute funded by the state’s business community through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and a grant from the AT&T Foundation.
Detre’s participation in the Leadership Institute for School Principals pilot program is sponsored by a contribution from Ann-Michelle and Bill Tatum.
“I would like to thank the Kentucky Chamber for investing in Kentucky education, and providing administrators the opportunity to increase their capacity for leadership. I am honored to be in the initial cohort and look forward to the professional growth that the Leadership Institute for School Principals will provide. The Institute will hopefully generate a ripple effect throughout the Commonwealth increasing both student efficacy and achievement,” Detre, a graduate of LaRue County High School, said.
Detre and the other selected principals will attend classes this summer at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., a top-ranked global provider of executive education founded in 1970 that established an education and nonprofit section in 1988. The principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.
“The AT&T Foundation’s focus is to keep kids in school. We felt that the Leadership Institute was a perfect pilot program to see if leadership training for principals can make a difference in school systems,” said Mary Pat Regan, AT&T Kentucky President.
Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing public and private schools applied for the institute. The participants were selected by a committee of an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents. “Employers understand the positive impact of strong leadership in the workplace, and the same is true of schools,” noted Dave Adkisson, secretary of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “That’s why we think it is important that Kentucky principals be given executive-level training similar to that provided for corporate leaders.”