Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This morning Portland School Superintendent Manny Caulk and I held a press conference announcing the first-ever Portland Principal for a Day program. The Portland Regional Chamber and the Portland Schools are bringing business CEO's into each of the City's 16 schools for a day to work side by side with each school principal.
Building business-education relationships is a critical part of improving schools. By pairing up principals with CEO's we hope to catch magic in a bottle.
It isn't enough for the business community to say they want better schools - we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work side by side with our education partners.
So sometime this week in every school in Portland a CEO and a Principal will be spending the day together. They'll visit with students, inspect facilities and talk to staff. They CEO's will learn more about the challenges involved in running a complex institution - and so will the principals.
Relationships will form. Ideas will be exchanged. New ways of solving problems will be discussed. And in the process our schools will grow stronger, and our business leaders will grow closer to the engines of our future economy.
2013 is the first year for Principal for a Day - but it won't be the last. Over time we hope to build a network of business support for our school leaders that lasts decades.
Chris Hall is the CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. He’s been working in Chambers of Commerce in Maine for over 20 years, and Notes from the Chamber will bring you his perspective and comment on what’s happening in the Portland region that’s most important to our economy today and tomorrow.