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Leadership: An Evolving Vision

7/9/17 to 7/15/17

Tuition: $4,500 per person 

Priority Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

We are currently accepting and reviewing applications as space is available. For consideration, please submit an application at your earliest convenience, no later than June 30, 2017. 

 Joseph Blatt and Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell discuss Leadership: An Evolving Vision

What You Will Learn

Strengthen your leadership and management skills and revitalize your personal vision of leadership. Learn new methods for improving individual, group and organizational performance.

Program Overview

Leadership: An Evolving Vision provides experienced school leaders with an opportunity to reflect, learn and stretch — and so to strengthen — the leadership skills needed to address key challenges and raise student achievement. Participants work with Harvard faculty and experts on school leadership and education reform to examine effective strategies for building successful schools. You will return to your school revitalized and prepared to tackle your leadership challenges.

The program includes a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from colleagues from across the United States and around the world. Through plenary sessions, expertly facilitated group discussions and personal reflection, you will connect theory to practice — and develop a customized improvement agenda for yourself and your organization.  

Program Objectives
  • Examine leadership styles and practices that enhance organizational performance and enable sustainable change
  • Implement specific strategies for leading instruction, valuing diversity, fostering a positive school culture, and communicating effectively with a variety of constituencies
  • Respond to the expectations of a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Learn proven techniques for enabling personal growth and for improving relationships with colleagues and staff members
  • Lead a systematic process of improving the learning, happiness, and life chances of children and young people
Who Should Attend
  • Experienced school leaders responsible for thinking strategically about their schools and districts
  • Experienced principals, heads of school, assistant principals, assistant heads of school and department heads
What People Are Saying

"I have found myself with an expanded support structure that makes me believe I can truly make a difference. With the help of my friends, the use of the incredible information presented over the course of the week, a laser focus on kids, a defined and calculated strategy, and a critical eye on the culture of our learning environment, I am prepared to continue the work of leading, loving, and tirelessly championing…”- Bradford Hubbard - Principal, Antioch Community High School

"I'm still processing all of the insight, knowledge, and skill I gained from Leadership: An Evolving Vision. What I do know is that I will be a different and more effective principal this coming year. How could I not be? After this program, I'm not the same person I was before.” - Deborah L. Rapport, Interim Principal, Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School


Faculty Chair

Joseph Blatt is senior lecturer on education and the director of the Technology, Innovation and Education Program at HGSE. Blatt’s work focuses on the effects of media content and technology on development, learning and civic behavior. He has created television series and websites for many types of learning environments, and is now helping to renew the historic relationship between HGSE and Sesame Workshop. 


Ebony N. Bridwell-Mitchell, associate professor of education, HGSE

Elizabeth City, senior lecturer on education, HGSE and director of the doctor of leadership program (Ed.L.D.) and

Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, HGSE

Howard Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, HGSE, and adjunct professor of psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Karen Mapp, senior lecturer on education and director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, HGSE

Metta McGarvey, adjunct lecturer on education, HGSE

Katherine Merseth, senior lecturer on education, HGSE

Jal Mehta, associate professor of education, HGSE

Jon Mundorf, teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida


Enrollment Instructions

Admission to Leadership: An Evolving Vision is competitive; we regret that we are unable to accommodate all applicants. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible. As the program fills quickly, early application is encouraged.


Step One
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and institutional information.

Step Two
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work and describe one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)

  2. In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience and perspective to contribute to group discussions? (250 word limit)

Step Three
You will be asked to upload your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as a single PDF document. Please ensure that the document lists the following elements of your professional and educational background in reverse-chronological order, beginning with your most recent activities.

Professional Experience
For each position you have held, include:

  • Organization name
  • Dates worked
  • Title or position
  • A brief description of responsibilities

Educational Background
For each educational institution you have attended, include:

  • College or university name
  • Dates you attended or date your degree was conferred
  • Degree earned


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.

Application Process

  • A team application to be completed once by the coordinator.
  • 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 team member application. The coordinator will receive a link to the team member application once the team application is complete.
  • Once started, the team application must be completed in a single session. It should take 15–20 minutes to complete.
  • A list of required questions will be provided at the beginning of the team application.
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. 

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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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