Guiding Leaders

  • Schools That Can Milwaukee believes strong leaders are the heart of high-quality schools. An intelligent, dedicated leader sets a vision for the school, attracts and develops talented teachers for every classroom, and leads implementation of best practices.

    Our organization seeks to identify high-potential leaders from Milwaukee — and across the country. Then, Schools That Can Milwaukee works closely with our schools to match leaders that have been recruited to schools with leadership needs.

    To ensure long-term success, leaders receive ongoing training and development. Our team of school leadership coaches spends more than 300 hours in the field each month, providing intensive, customized support to school leaders all across Milwaukee.

    Nationally, just 73% of school leaders in high-poverty schools return to their jobs in a given year. Thanks to our work to place, empower, and retain leaders, those supported by Schools That Can Milwaukee stay at their jobs at much higher rates than the national average.

    More than 85% of leaders placed by our team in 2015-16 returned to their positions in fall 2016. More than 83% of leaders placed 2 years ago returned.

  • What Are Leaders Saying?

    • Schools That Can Milwaukee has provided significant assistance in our work to recruit and develop leaders that will take on new roles as we grow our network.

      Dr. Patricia Hoben
      Founder and Head of Schools
      Carmen Schools of Science & Technology
    • This was the first year that I felt as if I had a focus for my vision. Schools That Can Milwaukee equipped me with knowledge and strategic tools to make a dent in the transition from being a manager to an authentic instructional leader.

      Jennie Doucette
      Principal
      MPS James Fenimore Cooper School
    • Without Schools That Can Milwaukee, I would feel like I am working on an island.

      Kassy Neiman
      Principal
      LUMIN Pilgrim Lutheran School
    • By connecting with other school leaders through Schools That Can Milwaukee, I can honestly say I feel as though I am part of a broader vision for our city. Those connections have led to ideas, support, and an overall sense of solidarity for the students in our city.

      Kyra Vandebunte
      High School Principal
      Carmen Schools of Science & Technology, Northwest Campus
    • Schools That Can Milwaukee helped to connect me with other great leaders in Milwaukee schools across all sectors. I’ve been able to develop genuine relationships to receive guidance from — and concurrently help to serve as a resource to — others.

      Tianna McCullough
      Assistant Principal
      MPS Dr. George Washington Carver Academy
    • As a new school leader, I relied on the support and guidance of my Schools That Can Milwaukee coach to keep my work focused on student learning when the list of things to do can be overwhelming.

      John Meuler
      Director of Middle School
      Nativity Jesuit Academy

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