Principals' Center

The Principals’ Center is founded on the belief that school leaders who are purposeful, passionate, and reflective about their work, and who are engaged in sustained exchange of ideas with colleagues, have greater potential to transform schools to ensure student achievement.

Participation in the programs/services organized and sponsored by the Principals’ Center is open to all leaders of public, parochial, and private K-12 schools/districts. Many Principals' Center programs carry the option for participants to earn graduate credits from the University. Questions about the Principals’ Center and its programs/services can be directed to any member of the Board of Directors or to or (414) 410-4688.


Register for Our Event

Please register here for each Breakfast Conversation of your choice. Each Breakfast Conversation costs $40.00 to attend. This year there is a special rate of $210 for registering for all six events by October 4, 2018. Due to the nature of the series, you need to register for each event and each participant individually. Payment by credit card or electronic check can be made online.

One or two graduate credits are available for attendance of the entire Breakfast Conversation Series. To earn 1 or 2 credits, you will need to apply to the university as a non-degree student to be registered for the Educ 536 Best Practices: Equity and Mindfullness for Educators. The cost is $165 per credit. Further information will be shared upon registration for the Breakfast Series.

To encourage school leaders to actively engage in leadership development, the Principals’ Center will:

  • sponsor and lead workshops, conversations, and reflection, based on current research and best practice

  • provide opportunities to build collegial relationships

  • promote the mutual exchange of ideas relevant to professional growth

  • engage the Cardinal Stritch University Master's in Educational Leadership students and College of Education and Leadership faculty in a mutual exchange of ideas with school leaders so that all will learn from one another

  • support school leaders in facilitating effective practice that positively impacts student achievement

The Principals’ Center is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are practicing or retired school leaders and a faculty liaison from the University.
Mike Budisch 
Eric Dimmitt (Faculty Liaison)
Mary Garcia-Velez
Michelle Garven (Co-Chair)
Dennis Griffin (Co-Chair)
Melissa Horn
April Nelson
Steve Newcomer
Debra Paradowski
Jocelyn Sulsberger
Michele Trawicki

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