Habeeb M. Quadri
Morton Grove, Illinois
Habeeb Quadri has served as principal of the Muslim Community Center Academy (MCCA) since 2002, where he has focused on changing school culture, financial turnaround, and transforming educational standards. He led MCCA to become one of the first Islamic parochial schools to receive national accreditation by implementing a comprehensive improvement plan that engaged stakeholders at all levels, a process that restored parents’ trust in leadership and improved standardized test scores from a 72-percent average to 88 percent. Quadri also undertook a dramatic financial restructuring that allowed the school to pay off its debts and balance its budget while building a sizable endowment to purchase a new property to accommodate its extensive waitlist. Through this transition, Quadri worked closely with families and teachers to identify curricular improvement goals and implement measures to make change sustainable, including adding new layers of administrative leadership. Today, MCCA plays an essential role in the community and offers students rich opportunities to grow academically, socially, and culturally to become global citizens. Quadri is on the principal advisory board and a part-time staffer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principal Center and the founder of High Quality Educational Consulting. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University and a B.A. in the Teaching of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has pursued continued advanced studies with Harvard University’s Professional Development Program.