DR. LORRAINE MONROE, President and CEO, of The Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute (LMLI) was the founding principal of the renowned Frederick Douglass Academy, a highly successful middle and high school in Central Harlem. Dr. Monroe translates her extensive experiences in the New York City public schools-as teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal and Deputy Chancellor for Curriculum and Instruction-into the guiding set of principles that define the work of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute. Dr. Monroe's groundbreaking work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Tony Brown's Journal, The McCreary Report with Bill McCreary, the Tom Snyder Show and in national and international print media including The New York Times, Ebony, The Reader's Digest, Fast Company and Parade magazines.
In 1991, Dr. Lorraine Monroe founded the Frederick Douglass Academy, a
public school in Harlem, in the belief that caring instructors, a
disciplined but creative environment, and a refusal to accept mediocrity
could transform the lives of inner-city kids. Her experiment was a huge
success. Today the Academy is one of the finest schools in the country,
sending graduates to Ivy League colleges and registering the third
highest SAT scores in New York City. The key to its success: a unique
leadership method Monroe calls the "Monroe Doctrine," which she
developed through decades as a teacher and principal in some of
America's toughest schools.
Dr. Monroe's moving tribute to the power of education to transform
children's lives- Nothing's Impossible: Leadership Lessons from Inside
and Outside the Classroom-has been translated into Swedish, Finnish, and
Taiwanese. In her book, The Monroe Doctrine: An ABC Guide to What Great
Bosses Do, Dr. Monroe draws lessons from her experiences as educator
that are applicable for leaders in all walks of life.
Dr. Monroe is a powerful keynote speaker and highly effective consultant
who has shared her messages about how to educate all children well with
tens of thousands of educators in almost all of the fifty states in the U.S. and
also shared her experiences internationally in Jamaica and throughout the West Indies, Sweden, Norway, New
Zealand, Tanzania, Canada, and South America.
Dr. Monroe has
earned degrees from Hunter College, Bank Street College of
Education, and Columbia University Teachers College . In addition,
Dr. Monroe has received six honorary degrees from Trinity College,
Hunter College, Mt. Holyoke College, Long Island University, Hofstra
University and Brown University.
Sources:mtholyoke.edu, MSU.edu (Michigan State Univ.), Dr. Lorraine-Monroe Leadership Institute