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Canadian educators import former NYC principal for inspiration

UCLA management professor William Ouchi, whose 2003 book “Making Schools Work” provided something of a blueprint for Chancellor Klein’s reforms, believes that much of the DOE’s current structure is imported from the successful school district of Edmonton, Alberta. But it appears that Canada could have something to learn from New York City as well — teachers in Quebec recently imported a former city principal to speak at a conference there.

Lorraine Monroe, the founding principal of Harlem’s selective Frederick Douglass Academy, was the keynote speaker at the Small High Schools conference last week in Upper Canada, the southern portion of Quebec. Since leaving FDA after five years as principal in 1997, Monroe has promoted the “Monroe Doctrine” for school leadership through her consultancy, the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute.

Unlike education officials in Washington, D.C., and Australia, some folks out there don’t seem to be terribly interested in the new and improved New York City schools. The only substantive content about Monroe’s hour-long speech in the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder’s conference report:

She admitted that for a time she locked all the bathrooms in the school to prevent students from using them for illicit activities.

She also had a convenience store across the street closed because she suspected owners were selling drugs to her students.

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