Tuition: $1,675 per person
Faculty Chair Rick Weissbourd on Making Caring Common:
Discover strategies and processes to promote positive school culture, develop students’ social-emotional and ethical strengths, and address challenging student behaviors such as bullying.
Schools can foster cultures of care and respect by promoting strong relationships between and amongst students and staff and by building key social-emotional and ethical skills. Collecting data from students and staff about their perceptions of school climate can help school leaders better understand and address challenges and customize solutions. In this highly interactive program, school teams will learn how to implement a low-burden strategic data cycle to create caring school cultures, improve student safety and prevent bullying, identify high-quality research and practitioner-based solutions to school climate challenge areas, and work with school stakeholders to implement a strategic action plan.
The plan you develop will include a summary of school challenge areas, priorities, and goals and will identify one or more responsive strategic interventions. You will present a draft of your plan and receive direct feedback from peers and faculty through a facilitated consultancy exercise. By the end of the program, you will have a defined plan and strategic interventions in hand that you can put into action right away.
By the end of the program you will understand how to:
Prior to coming to campus, you will be provided a survey tool to administer to staff and students that will assess student safety and school climate. You will receive a report of all results, which you will use during the April session to create an action plan. Schools that are unable to administer the survey in advance of the program are still welcome to apply; they will be encouraged to complete it upon conclusion of the program.
Educators who attend as part of a team are able to increase the impact of their learning both while on campus and once they have returned home. Free from the usual distractions of the work setting, your team will benefit from additional opportunities to focus on your specific plan. Teams are able to collectively review and respond to school wide data, build a shared vision for moving forward, and will be better prepared to implement the plan as soon as you return home.
Richard Weissbourd is Senior Lecturer in Education at HGSE and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and director of the of the Human Development and Psychology master’s program at HGSE. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children. Along with Stephanie Jones, Weissbourd directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising. He started a school in Boston and has advised on family policy and school reform at the city, state and federal levels. His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development, was named one of the top 24 books of 2009 by The New Yorker.
Making Caring Common is an application program. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible. As the work of the program is team-based, it is highly encouraged that educators attend as a school-based or district-wide team. Both individuals and teams are welcome to apply. The Admissions Committee will notify you of a decision via email within three weeks of your application. As our programs fill quickly, early application is encouraged.
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.
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The Application Process
There are two parts to the application process:
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 is due 30 days after registration. 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.
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.
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.