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 programme was established to help leaders from urban school systems drive improved performance by applying proven management concepts to the unique challenges of their districts.

What you can expect

Drawing on in-depth analyses of management and leadership best practices in successful school districts, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, participants will explore how to:

  •     Develop, communicate, and implement a strategy that achieves excellence across all district schools
  •     Create a coherent organization to implement the improvement strategy
  •     Build and sustain high-performing district teams
  •     Enhance both individual and group leadership skills
  •     Adapt effective practices from other participating districts

How will my school district benefit?

Going far beyond the basic transmission of skills and theories, this offering provides applicable lessons within the classroom that can be implemented successfully across your school district. The programme is designed and taught by Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) faculty who are leading authorities in their respective fields. As recognized thought leaders on crucial management issues, they maintain dynamic relationships with the highest-performing urban school systems, nonprofit organizations, and corporations worldwide. Moreover, you will find yourself immersed in learning with a diverse and collaborative group of public education leaders whose insights and perspectives will contribute to your learning both during the programme and well beyond. You will have access to a valuable professional network of PELP participants. Additionally, you will return to your school with the tools, skills, and confidence to refine your management model, develop new strategies, and improve the performance of your school system.

ProgrammeDate : July 2018

Location:  HBS campus

Who is right for the programme

The Public Education Leadership Project is designed for teams of eight participants, including district office personnel, school principals, and regional supervisors, who are responsible for school systems with at least 30,000 enrolled students. Teams from returning PELP districts must have one member who has attended a previous PELP programme; teams that do not meet this requirement must include the district superintendent as a team member.

Typical participant titles may include, but are not limited to:

  •     Superintendent
  •     Other central office administrator
  •     Principal
  •     Union president
  •     Teacher leader
  •     Community liaison
  •     School board member

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