Thanks to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the businesses that are putting some cash behind their talk on education.
The Chamber is raising money — $1.2 million, so far — to create a Leadership Institute for Principals. Lots of research has shown that strong leadership at the school level can make all the difference in the success of schools and students.
The commitment grew from a $400,000 pilot program launched by the state chamber last year that got good reviews from participating educators.
The training, which costs about $9,000 per principal, will be provided by the Center for Creative Leadership and includes stints at CCL headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. and at the Kentucky chamber's headquarters in Frankfort.
Businesses large and small have contributed, including LG&E, KU, Toyota, Kentucky American Water, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Hilliard Lyons, UPS, Makers Mark, Alliance Resources, Booth Energy of Inez, Planters Bank of Hopkinsville and Computer Services, Inc. and Harper Industries of Paducah.
However, more contributors are needed. Businesses designate which counties they support, and only principals from those counties can be selected to participate.
A lot of counties still have no sponsor.
Fayette County has only partial sponsorship, which means more principals will be able to train if more businesses pony up.
Think of it as an investment in your future work force.
For more information, go to: http://kychamberblog.com/2012/01/20/kentucky-chamber-members-commit-1-million-to-train-school-principals/