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Illinois Principals Association Names Professional Development Scholarship Winners

Springfield,Illinois (PR MediaRelease) July 17, 2017

Brandi Bruley, principal at North Elementary School in Taylorville, IL and Dr. Femi Skanes, principal at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago, IL, have received the 2017 John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarships sponsored by the Illinois Principals Association.

Brandi Bruley has served as principal at North Elementary School since 2005.  During this time, she has been recognized as Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year in 2014, presented at several education leadership conferences, received grants, and organized several school community activities such as Family Literacy Nights, Family Fun Nights, Kindergarten Round Up, and an after-school tutoring program.

As principal, Bruley credits the outstanding, inspiring administrators she interacted with as a teacher for her aspiration to become a principal. “An administrator must be a motivational speaker, an instructional coach, an advocate for children, a curriculum designer, a business manager, and a lifelong learner,” said Bruley. “Seeing the growth in our students is the true reflection of how successful an administrator can be within his or her district. Instructional leaders must not only provide the staff development, but move it toward classroom practice.”

Dr. Femi Skanes has served as principal at Al Raby School for Community and Environment since 2012. Dr. Skanes previous administrative roles include Assistant Principal at Manley Career Academy and Literacy Director at Christian Fenger Academy. Skanes has also presented at a variety of educational conferences on the topics of data literacy, dropout prevention, technology, and MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Support) instruction.

“Effective principals excel beyond the supervisory responsibilities and serve as instructional leaders for staff, students, parents, and many other stakeholders,” said Skanes. “After serving as the leader of Al Raby for the last five years, I have followed instructional leadership principals such as creating and articulating an academic vision for all stakeholders, fostering teacher collaboration by providing a safe space for practice through observation and feedback, and remaining committed to self-growth by engaging in ongoing professional development beyond my comfort zone.”

The John Ourth & Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarships were established in 2007 to recognize the contributions of John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton, former Field Directors for the Illinois Principals Association. The scholarship provides funding to assist individuals in the pursuit of graduate study, attendance at national conferences, and attendance at other relevant professional development to further the capacities of school administrators to be instructional leaders. Two $750 scholarships are awarded each year.  Mr. Ourth passed away shortly after the creation of the scholarship on December 10, 2007. Dr. Singleton retired in 2014 after 50 years of service in education.

Bruley and Skanes will be recognized in October at a special ceremony during the IPA Education Leaders Fall Conference held in Springfield, IL.

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves over 5,300 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. The John Ourth & Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarship is supported by funds provided by the Illinois Principals Association Foundation.

For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.

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The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves over 5,300 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders.

Alison Maley
Illinois Principals Association
Governmental Relations/Public Relations Director
217-525-1383
alison@ilprincipals.org
Jason Leahy
Illinois Principals Association
Executive Director
217-525-1383
jason@ilprincipals.org
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