AILP Hosts Principals' Institute
The American Indian Leadership Program (AILP) hosted a "Principals' Institute" at UCLA, November 29–30, 2007. Current participants as well as recent graduates of the AILP participated in the institute, which focused on induction services for first-year principals.
Three experts from the field of Indian Education worked with the participants over a two-day period. The experts included Dr. Roger Bordeaux from Auburn Indian Community School, Dr. Tamarah Pfeiffer from Rough Rock Community School, and Ms. Amy Snow from Hays-Lodge Pole School.
“The institute provided a unique opportunity to bring together experts in the field to share their thoughts regarding effective leadership in Indian education,” said Susan Faircloth, assistant professor of education and co-director of AILP.
Even one of the featured experts found the conference to be helpful. Said Bordeaux, “The interaction (during the institute) has provided me with additional considerations I have to keep in mind when considering the hiring of school principals. I think the Penn State scholars provided pertinent questions to us who work as principals or superintendents.”
John Tippeconnic, professor of education and director of AILP pointed out how all parties benefitted from the conversation, "The dialogue between seasoned school principals and graduate students preparing for leadership roles proved to be very valuable for both groups. We all came away with a renewed sense of commitment to improve education for students, our network grew, and our knowledge increased as we discussed effective leadership in schools, current research to improve practice, early childhood education, and awareness of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA."
The institute was sponsored in conjunction with the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, directed by Dr. Gary Orfield and Dr. Patricia Gandara. The institute fulfilled part of the professional development and induction services component of a personnel preparation grant awarded to the AILP by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education.