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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Improving Schools: the art of Leadership

Jun 23—29
7 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
USD 4625
USD 660 per day

How it works


Expand your repertoire of management skills, explore new ways to accelerate teacher and student learning, and deepen your sense of efficacy as a school leader.


Leading successful schools requires an extensive set of technical and adaptive leadership skills, but the often-competing demands of the job can make it difficult to find time to reflect, learn, and grow. We’ll help you create that space.

The second within The Principals’ Center leadership development series, Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership provides time for early-career school leaders to reflect on their practice, expand their skills, and become more effective leaders of instructional change. A research-based curriculum equips leaders with tools for effective supervision and evaluation, approaches to solving common leadership challenges, and proven strategies for accelerating learning in every classroom.

Program Details

During this six-day institute, you will have an opportunity to step back, evaluate your efforts, explore successful school improvement models, and practice research-based techniques that will make you a more effective manager of innovation and change.


  • Apply research and best practices to refine your school improvement approach
  • Deepen your understanding of adult learning and become a more skilled developer of teacher talent
  • Learn approaches to shaping a school culture that supports learning for all
  • Develop more sophisticated techniques for managing innovation and change

Who should attend

  • Principals or school leaders with five or fewer years of experience in their roles (including assistant principals, teacher leaders, instructional leaders, and curriculum specialists)
  • Early-career school leaders seeking to improve leadership skills and develop a more focused approach to managing instructional improvement


Pamela A. Mason is director of the Language and Literacy Master's program and the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab and a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional and research interests encompass the interaction of text complexity and background knowledge,...
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