Liz City helps educators improve instruction through leadership development and the strategic use of data and resources. She works with Education Resource Strategies, the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, and the Data Wise Project and is a faculty member at Bostons School Leadership Institute. Liz has served as a teacher, principal, and instructional coach. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2007 with a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. Her dissertation focused on how high schools use their resources to support student learning. She is co-editor of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2005) and co-author of The Teachers Guide to Leading Student-Centered Discussions: Talking About Texts in the Classroom (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006).
Doctorate Program in Education Leadership, Walton Family Foundation, (2013-2016) The Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is a practice-based doctorate like an M.D. or a J.D. It is a three-year program comprised of two years in residence at Harvard and a residency and capstone project with a partner organization. The program has generated over 2,000 applications for 75 places in its first three cohorts. This extraordinary response reflects the demand for a practice-based doctorate in education and the attractiveness of a model that integrates curriculum content in education, management, and policy, delivered by faculty from HGSE, Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Ed.L.D. program offers an innovative and integrated core curriculum that provides students access to powerful insights, concepts, and research-based practices from the fields of education, business, and public policy. We incorporate a variety of pedagogies, such as case teaching, simulations, and team projects, to allow students to place themselves in the roles of leaders.
Support from the Walton Family Foundation would fund four critical aspects of the Ed.L.D. program:
1)Fellowships: The fact that all Ed.L.D. students receive a fellowship removes barriers to pursuing a career in public service and is critical to recruiting talented, experienced leaders to the education sector.It is essential for this program to attract the brightest and most entrepreneurial candidates individuals who have the ability to truly re-invent the education sector. With that in mind, the Ed.L.D. is tuition-free for students, who also receive a stipend for living expenses.
2)Online courses: HGSE will develop three online courses or modules based on Ed.L.D. curriculum on edX, a new digital learning platform collaboratively developed by Harvard and MIT. The most compelling potential of this new initiative is the opportunity to achieve impact at scale. Through its current on-campus executive education offerings, HGSE reaches roughly 3,500 educators each year; with the new edX platform, HGSE will have the ability to engage a much larger audience and to influence their practice through the innovative Ed.L.D. curriculum.
3) Alumni Support: A critical missing feature in many university-based education leadership programs is extended career and in-service support after program completion. The Parthenon Group market research study found that few other leadership development models provided comprehensive in-field support through mentoring, assessment, community support, job placement, and professional development. Implementing a similar model at HGSE is essential for maximizing the impact of Ed.L.D. graduates.
4) Partnership with the Walton Family Foundation: HGSE welcomes the opportunity to build a highly collaborative relationship with the Walton Family Foundation. Ideally, this partnership would be one in which both parties share knowledge and capitalize on their respective strengths to improve the education sector.