Developing a Culture of Excellence: Center for Leadership at FIU

In a unique partnership with Miami Northwestern Senior High School, and with the support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the FIU Center for Leadership is committed to inspiring, motivating, and encouraging Miami Northwestern’s non-instructional staff to connect and develop relationships with their students that will contribute to the student’s overall development and future success.


A part of the M-DCPS’ Education Transformation Office (ETO) and a traditionally underachieving school, Miami Northwestern has made important achievements over the past decade. In 2013, the school received its first ever ‘A’ designation by the Florida Department of Education. To continue this trajectory, now more than ever it is important to build service leadership knowledge and skills in Miami Northwestern’s non-instructional staff, which, in turn, has a ripple effect that lifts the educational capacity and attainment of the citizens of our community. With the purpose of expanding the net of support for student success, the Center for Leadership has designed a series of “Service and Leadership” workshops for Miami Northwestern’s non-instructional staff.


Each year, more than 1,700 students walk through the doors of Miami Northwestern to finish their public school education and create a future for themselves and for their families. The non-instructional staff’s role in helping them achieve that dream is critically important. By developing service and leadership skills across the entire school, Miami Northwestern will be able to complement their educational achievements, increase parent and community involvement and provide excellence in service to students, parents, alumni, colleagues, and to the community.


The Accelerator Grant would be used to fund the Service and Leadership workshops during the 2014-2015 academic year.



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