At the turn of the 21st century, the South Carolina Department of Education found itself facing a dilemma. Personnel statistics showed nearly half the state’s principals would be eligible to retire within just five years. That meant the department soon would face an unprecedented demand for new school leaders who could perform at the top of their game across the system, which serves 701,749 students in 1,100 public schools in 85 school districts.
State executives turned to the Center for Creative Leadership’s Education and Nonprofit Sector to help them address the looming challenge. Together they created a two-year School Leadership Executive Institute (SLEI) that has trained hundreds of K-12 principals and school superintendents since its inception in 2000.
The Institute is now a yearlong program that delivers a powerful, three-pronged curriculum: leadership training from the Center, instructional excellence training from the Department of Education and management skills training from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Quarterly, three-day sessions bring together between 25 and 30 principals and superintendents from diverse backgrounds, schools and school districts.Download Article