February 04, 2005
Garfield Elementary School Principal Jill Baker was selected recently to participate in the prestigious Broad Superintendents Academy. The 10-month academy trains working CEOs and other top executives from business, non-profit, military, government and education backgrounds to lead urban public schools. Baker is the only school principal in the group.
"I feel truly fortunate to be a part of the 2005 Broad Superintendents Academy," Baker said. "The rich leadership opportunities that have challenged me throughout my career in LBUSD have prepared me well for the challenge of being a Broad Fellow."
Baker submitted an in-depth application and participated in several interviews. Participants in the academy, which is run by the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation, will attend seven extended weekend training sessions in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis. They will use case studies to learn about finance, management, operations and organizational systems.
The 2005 class includes five senior military officials, six executives who spent the majority of their career in business and government, and nine career educators. The newest class is the fourth to be trained by the Broad Superintendents Academy. Forty-three percent of the 63 graduates in the first three classes have been hired as superintendents or into cabinet positions or have been promoted to those positions.
"We have identified and trained stellar leaders who are making a difference improving student achievement in urban school systems where the need is greatest," said billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, which funds The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. "We are excited that this new class has made a commitment to public education and is ready to tackle the challenge of learning the skills necessary to effectively manage an urban school district."
The Broad Center covers tuition, travel and all expenses during the academy.