Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership (MU-ATLL) kicked off Cohort Four on July 15 with a dinner for students, faculty, staff and honored guests at the Steffen Music Center on campus. Judging by the enthusiasm displayed by the evening speakers and guests, this may be the most successful year yet for the highly regarded school leadership program.
MU-ATLL is designed to develop and prepare aspiring and practicing school leaders to effect change and positively impact student achievement. MU-ATLL is a Bush Institute Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) affiliate and a KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF) member.
Lindan Hill, Ph.D., assistant vice president and director of MU-ATLL, opened the evening’s festivities before introducing President Daniel J. Elsener, who spoke of Marian University’s history of “educating educators.” That mission is as important now as it was more than 75 years ago, according to President Elsener, due to the numerous reform efforts facing our nation’s education system today.
Following brief remarks from Ken Zagzebski, Chair of the Board of Visitors and CEO of IPALCO, keynote speaker Dr. Ian Mitroff delivered his keynote speech about crisis management. Dr. Mitroff, who has served as a professor at University of Southern California, Saybrook University-San Francisco, and St. Louis University, currently serves as senior investigator at the Centre for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California-Berkley. He is widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of crisis management.
“The fact that a leader as renowned and well respected as Dr. Ian Mitroff would be willing to fly to Indianapolis to address our students speaks directly to the importance of our program,” Dr. Hill said. “Many experts in our country would describe the current state of education in America as at, or near, crisis level. I think his words were quite impactful for those in attendance.”
MU-ATLL’s fourth cohort is a diverse group of central Indiana educators. Teachers and administrators from public, private and charter schools – including representatives from Indianapolis Public Schools, MSD Lawrence Township, Indiana Math and Science Academy, Charter Schools USA, and Ivy Tech – comprise the class of 20 students. Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and institutions of higher education are all represented. The cohort includes a reading teacher, science teacher, French teacher, a physical education teacher, a home school advisor, and others.
Several education leaders from Central Indiana joined the students and Marian University staff and faculty for the opening dinner, including: Peggy Hinckley, Interim Superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools; Jason Kloth, Deputy Mayor for Education Innovation, City of Indianapolis; Ronni Kloth, Director of Communications , Lilly Endowment; Brandon Brown, Director of Charter Schools, City of Indianapolis; Taylor Brown, Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America; Rebecca Thompson-Boyle, Executive Director, Teach For America; Dr. Tom Oestreich, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, MSD Washington Township Schools; and Elise Foster, leadership consultant and co-author of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools.