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Data Wise Leadership Institute: June (On-campus)

6/19/17 to 6/23/17

Tuition: $3,875 per person (teams of 4 or more)

2017 Data Wise Leadership Institute participants will receive reduced tuition for Data Wise in Action. For more information, visit Data Wise in Action

While the 2017 cohort has reached capacity for the Data Wise Leadership Institute (On-campus), we are pleased to consider teams for admission to the Data Wise Leadership Institute (Online) and other future Data Wise offerings.

What You Will Learn

During this intensive week, you will learn a step-by-step process for using a wide range of data sources — from standardized tests to student work to observation of teaching practice — to improve instruction and student outcomes.

Program Overview

This week-long leadership institute supports your team in planning a thoughtful launch of the Data Wise Improvement Process in your setting. An intensive experience on Harvard’s campus, it will allow your team to get energized about the work of improvement by interacting face-to-face with the Data Wise teaching team and peers from diverse settings who are committed to learning how to lead collaborative inquiry.

To ensure that you have ongoing guidance as you work through the Data Wise Improvement Process with your faculty after the institute, we strongly recommend that in addition to the leadership institute you also enroll your team in the Data Wise in Action Program. This program provides extensive materials and 4 months of virtual support from your own Data Wise coach. Teams applying for both programs will be given preference during the admissions process.

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Program Objectives
  • Understand the Data Wise Improvement Process as a way of organizing and bringing coherence to the core work of schools
  • Cultivate the habits of mind that can improve the effectiveness of teams and help foster a supportive culture of continuous improvement
  • Experience more than ten protocols that you can bring home to engage your faculty in collaborative inquiry
  • Create a plan for integrating the Data Wise Improvement Process into your daily work
Who Should Attend
  • School-based teams comprised of a principal, at least one teacher, and two or more other educators in leadership roles. Preference will be given for teams that include at least one curriculum and instruction specialist (for example a literacy or mathematics coach) since teams that include a person in this role will be best positioned to ensure that the school will make substantial improvements to instruction.
  • System-level teams comprised of central office staff members responsible for supporting schools in using data to improve teaching and learning (for example, data coaches, instructional coaches, directors of curriculum and instruction).
  • System-level teams comprised of senior leadership committed to adopting a system-wide approach to improvement. In this case, the system-level team would attend with multiple school-based teams. This allows the system team to understand their role in the process and the school teams to serve as example sites that other schools can learn from.
  • Educator preparation program teams comprised of a dean or executive level member, at least one faculty member, and a principal or other leader from a partner district.
What People Are Saying

"The Data Wise Institute was a hugely impactful experience for my school team. We were able to experience the Data Wise process by learning about other school's journeys as well as develop our own plan for our school." — Brittany Skipper, District of Columbia Public Schools, Data Wise Leadership Institute June 2016

"The Data Wise Institute is a fantastic learning experience. This work is not about data, it is about a school improvement process that needs to be integrated within the context of the work schools are already doing. This work is ultimately about student learning. The team at Harvard are a standout in their understanding of the work and their modeling of all of the principles and practices encompassed within the Data Wise Improvement Process. Their attention to detail, their care and their humility are amazing. They are genuinely interested in meeting the learning needs of the group, constantly seeking feedback and adjusting the program accordingly. I know this work will have a profound affect on my leadership, my school and most importantly improving the learning of my students." — Natalie Odgers, The Department of Education Tasmania, Data Wise Leadership Institute June 2016

"The Data Wise Institute provided me with the tools and skills I need to take my instructional leadership to the next level to help facilitate continuous improvement in my schools and positively impact student achievement. The opportunity to work side by side with a group of knowledgeable and committed educators for a full week was truly a career changing experience." — Maria Hawk, Archdiocese of Chicago, Data Wise Leadership Institute June 2016

Faculty Chairs

Candice Bocala is a certified Data Wise coach, co-chair of the Data Wise Summer Institute, and a senior team member for the Data Wise Project at HGSE. Since 2009, she has been working with educators to use the Data Wise Improvement Process, and she has directly supported school teams in districts such as Prince George’s County, MD to integrate Data Wise into their work. She also conducts policy research and program evaluation for WestEd, where her research interests include data use, educator effectiveness, professional development, and school improvement. Previously, she taught elementary school in Washington, D.C. Candice holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, an M.A. in policy analysis and evaluation from Stanford University, an MAT in elementary education from American University, and an Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kathryn Parker Boudett is lecturer on education and the director of the Data Wise Project at HGSE. Her passion lies in supporting educators in working together effectively to improve learning and teaching. She oversees a portfolio of on-campus and online programs (including a MOOC) that teach educators how to integrate the Data Wise Improvement Process into their core work. She also leads the Data Wise Coach Certification Program, which is designed to help schools and systems bring wise data practices to scale. Her publications include Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators (2014), co-authored with Elizabeth City; Data Wise: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, Revised and Expanded Edition (2013), co-edited with Elizabeth City and Richard Murnane; Data Wise in Action: Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning (2007), co-edited with Jennifer Steele; and Key Elements of Observing Practice: A Data Wise DVD and Facilitator’s Guide (2010), co-authored with Elizabeth City and Marcia Russell; all of which are published by Harvard Education Press. Boudett holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.


Enrollment Instructions

Data Wise is a team-based application program. Data Wise is designed for groups of educators who will be working as a team. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible.

Identify Your Team Coordinator

  • Before beginning the application process, you will need to identify a team coordinator.
  • The coordinator will be the primary point of contact during the application process and preparation for the program.
  • The coordinator does not need to attend the program and will have the opportunity to indicate if they will be attending during the application process.

The Application Process

  1. A team application to be completed once by the coordinator.
    Please note that the team coordinator should only complete one application in total.
  2. A team member application to be completed by each member of your team.
  • In order for your team to be considered for review by the admissions committee, each team member will need to complete the individual member application.
  • Once started, the team application must be completed in a single session. It should take 15–20 minutes to complete.
  • Application Questions: During the team application, you will be asked to upload a response to several application questions. 
  • When your coordinator is ready to complete the team application, it can be accessed by continuing to the next page.
Fees, Hotel Accommodations, and Policies

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction. 

Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered.

Please click here for more information on hotel accommodations for on-campus programs.

Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at or 1-800-545-1849.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

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