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Data Wise Leadership Institute (On-campus)

6/20/16 to 6/24/16

Tuition: $3,675 per person (teams of 4 or more)

2016 participants of this program are eligible to enroll in the 2016 offering of Data Wise in Action at a reduced price. For more information, visit Data Wise in Action.

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What You Will Learn

During this intensive week you will learn a step-by-step process for using 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 10 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 and two or more teachers plus other educators in leadership roles
  • 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, 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.
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, DC. 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 & Fees

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.


The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction. Application and payment for the custom coaching sessions must be done separately.

Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after admission. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. Please note, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.

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