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The Data Wise Leadership Institute (Online)

7/31/17 to 8/4/17

Tuition: $2,575 per person (teams of 4 or more)

We are currently accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis, as space is available. 

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

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Faculty Chair Kathryn Boudett on Data Wise Leadership Institute (Online):

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

An intensive experience in the comfort of your own school, it will allow your team to get energized about the work of improvement by building community as you dig into the task of integrating Data Wise into your own unique context. You will receive all the materials and structure you need for a week of learning and planning with your colleagues: video mini-lessons explaining how to do key tasks; detailed meeting agendas for your leadership team meetings; and a complete schedule for the week that includes live online sessions with Harvard faculty and your own dedicated Data Wise coach.

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 of 4 or more people comprised of a principal, two or more teachers, and one or more other educators in leadership roles.
Faculty Chair

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

The Data Wise Leadership Institute (Online) is a team-based program. Please carefully review each step of the process before beginning an application.

Identify Your Team and Team Coordinator

  • Before beginning the application process, you will need to identify a team coordinator amongst your team members.
  • Please note that teams must consist of at least four members including the coordinator.
  • The coordinator will be the primary point of contact during the application process and preparation for the program.
  • The coordinator will need to participate in the program.

The Application Process

  1. An individual member application to be completed by each member of your team.
    Please note that the team coordinator should only complete one application in total.
  2. A team application to be completed once by the coordinator.
  • 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.
Fees and Policies

Tuition includes all instructional materials. 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 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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