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Lee Teitel

Faculty Director, Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project
Lee Teitel

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1988)
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Lee Teitel teaches courses on integrated schools and leading and coaching for equity and diversity, leadership development, partnership and networking, and on understanding organizations and how to improve them. He is the faculty director of the newly launched Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project at HGSE. For eight years, he directed the School Leadership master's program; prior to that he was the founding director and then faculty senior associate of the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, a five-year collaboration of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Business School, and Kennedy School of Government that focused on bringing high quality teaching and learning to scale in urban and high need districts.

Teitel's research focuses on principal and superintendent leadership development, on interorganizational collaboration and other partnerships, especially between schools and universities, and on improvement of teaching and learning through approaches like Instructional Rounds. As a consultant, he has worked with numerous individual partnerships, networks, and with statewide school and teacher improvement efforts, as well as urban and high-needs districts in the U.S. and Canada. He has facilitated or helped launch instructional rounds networks in ten states in the United States and in Australia, Canada, and Sweden. Teitel has coached individual superintendents, helped set up ongoing learning networks among superintendents and among principals, and has worked with intact leadership teams to help them support school and district improvement.

Teitel is co-author, (with Liz City, Richard Elmore, and Sarah Fiarman) of Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, (Harvard Education Press, 2009). His most recent book is School-Based Instructional Rounds: Improving Teaching and Learning Across Classrooms, (Harvard Education Press, 2013).

Teitel has taught at HGSE since 1999 as a part-time lecturer and then visiting professor (2004-2005). He came to HGSE full-time in 2006, after more than 15 years in teaching and writing about educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, where he was full professor and associate chair of the Department of Leadership in Education.

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Areas of Expertise

Teitel, Lee (2015, March/April) “Making Rounds Work: Instructional rounds engage teachers in prescribing school improvement solutions” in Principal the publication of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.,(2015)

Teitel, Lee “Instructional Rounds,” Chapter 13 in Lois Easton, (ed.) Powerful Designs for Professional Learning, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), 2015,(2015)

Teitel, Lee (2013) School-Based Instructional Rounds Cambridge MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2013)

Teitel. Lee (2014, January/February) “School-based Instructional Rounds” in Harvard Ed Letter. Vol 30 #1.,(2004)

The Professional Development School Handbook: Starting, Sustaining, and Assessing Partnerships that Improve Student Learning,(2003)

How Professional Development Schools Make a Difference: A Review of Research.,(2001)

Assessing the Impacts of Professional Development Schools. (with I. Abdal-Haqq),(2000)

Governance: Designing Professional Development School Governance Structures.,(1998)

The Transformation of School Leadership in Professional Development Schools.,(1995)

The Advisory Committee Advantage: Creating an Effective Strategy for Program Improvement.,(1994)

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