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The information below is based on the program offered in 2015, and does not reflect potential changes to faculty and course content for the 2016 course.
In today's education system, the need to establish a culture of collaboration and accountability is greater than ever. Through a partnership between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this leadership development program was established to help leaders from urban school systems drive improved performance by applying proven management concepts to the unique challenges of their districts.
By participating in this unique program, you'll explore how to develop, communicate, and implement a strategy that achieves excellence across all school districts by drawing on in-depth analysis of management and leadership best practices in successful school districts, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to building strategies for effective, long-term administrative performance, you'll also gain tools to develop high-performing district teams.
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Alongside other members of your school district, you'll engage in dynamic discussions on how to establish a culture of cooperation, high expectations, and accountability for your district. In addition to developing new leadership and management skills, you'll have opportunities to interact with other multilevel leadership teams from across the country.
The Public Education Leadership Program is designed for teams of eight participants, including district office personnel, school principals, and regional supervisors, who are responsible for urban school systems with at least 30,000 enrolled students.
The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. Grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School, this initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make a difference in the world.
A joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School, the Public Education Leadership Project utilizes the art and science of management to help public schools improve student performance. We believe that to truly serve all students and meet the demands of the new accountability environment, school districts must develop a coherent strategy that's directly linked to teachers and students in the classroom.
Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.
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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.