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Dr. Milli Pierce

Dr. Milli Pierce earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she also directed The Harvard Principals' Center until 2004. She has degrees from Boston State College and Northeastern University as well as coursework from Lesley University. In addition to leading the Principal's Center, she served part time on the HGSE faculty where she taught courses on leadership. She also consulted to schools and districts as close as Cambridge, Massachusetts and as distant as Germany. The Principal's Center focuses on exemplary leadership development for an international body of school leaders. The Center's mission is to educate principals and aspiring principals to be inspiring instructional leaders; grow and maintain learning relationships among rural, suburban and urban principals; engage a national board of educators to create and provide quality professional development; assist school districts in strengthening leaders and their teams in their efforts to improve schools; provide a forum for HGSE researchers and public/private school principals to collaborate in bridging the theory/practice gap by sharing research and craft knowledge and; as a faculty member teach, advise and mentor aspiring school leaders. Since 1988, Milli grew The Principals' Center enrollment from an organization serving local school leaders to an organization serving a vast group of diverse school leaders within the United States. The Principals' Center now serves as a model for numerous Principals' Centers within the United States and abroad. After moving to Maryland, Milli directed development at the Howard University School of Education where she enabled, through vigorous fundraising efforts, the school to increase the number of scholarships to deserving students of color. Milli believes in the enabling powers of education and most particularly in the influential role of school leaders in transforming children's lives.

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