District 158 Superintendent Nathan Schilling graduates from school leadership program

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Nathan Schilling
From left: Dr. Nancy Blair, ISAL Facilitator; Dr. Gary Zabilka, ISAL Facilitator; Dr. Nathan Schilling, Superintendent of Lansing SD #158; Vicki Tabbert, ISAL Coach. (Photo provided)
Schilling becomes fellow of program developed by Illinois Association of School Administrators
By Josh Bootsma

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 20, 2022) – District 158 Superintendent Dr. Nathan Schilling has become an ISAL Fellow upon completion of the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ (IASA) 18-month School for Advanced Leadership program. According to a press release from IASA, the program is “designed to elevate superintendents’ leadership skills and impact student achievement.”

Schilling, who has been superintendent of Lansing D158 for four years, received his diploma from the program on June 17 in Springfield, one of 26 superintendents to complete the program this year.

“The IASA School for Advanced Leadership is a comprehensive program of professional learning that challenges school district superintendents to reflect, grow and improve, not just as leaders but also human beings,” said Schilling. “Substantial time is committed to developing the person, in addition to the professional, through emphasis on vision, goal setting, workshops, peer collaboration, and mindfulness practices. ISAL is a meaningful, relevant, and powerful experience that has challenged me to reach the next level of my leadership potential.”

Schilling joins 150 Illinois superintendents to become ISAL Fellow’s since the program’s start in 2010. ISAL was developed and is sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Administrators, a statewide organization that represents public school superintendents and administrators.

According to the press release, “The mission of ISAL is to provide experiences that build exemplary leadership, knowledge, and skill sets essential for ensuring successful student achievement at the local level. As part of the academy, each superintendent develops a personal and professional growth plan, as well as a district plan for student achievement that includes conducting a comprehensive needs assessment. Each of the ISAL participants are assigned a veteran superintendent as a coach.”

District 158 headquarters is located at 18300 Greenbay Avenue in Lansing.

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