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Women in Education Leadership

3/4/18 to 3/6/18

Tuition: $2,650 per person

Priority Application Deadline: January 21, 2018

Early application, in advance of the priority deadline, is strongly recommended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

What You Will Learn

Learn how to drive organizational change, enhance your leadership skills, and be better positioned for personal and organizational success.

Program Overview

Established by former HGSE dean Kathleen McCartney, Women in Education Leadership convenes senior leaders interested in strengthening and leveraging their leadership skills to advance education initiatives. The program provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and renewal with like-minded women.

The program focuses on how senior leaders must navigate the multiple responsibilities and constituencies of their roles. Through workshops, lectures and case discussions you will analyze and practice advanced leadership techniques, exploring topics such as negotiation and communication. You will learn to think more strategically and strengthen your leadership capacity.

The interactive nature of the program is designed to facilitate continual assessment, rich reflection and peer-to-peer networking. You will create lasting connections with other women leaders who are as committed as you are to leading change in education.

Program Objectives
  • Identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today
  • Understand when and how gender plays a role in both organizational and personal advancement
  • Learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders
  • Gain new strategies for building and leading senior-leadership teams
  • Raise the visibility of women as senior leaders in education
  • Create a lasting network of women leaders across the sector who are affecting change in education
Who Should Attend

Senior leaders across K-12 and higher education are welcome to attend. 

  • Superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers and principals
  • Chief state school officers and state-level leaders
  • CEOs of nonprofit organizations and foundations
  • Program directors, department chairs, and other administrative leaders in higher education

Faculty Chair

Deborah Jewell-Sherman is professor of practice at HGSE. Jewell-Sherman is a graduate of the school’s Urban Superintendents Program and has built a reputation over the past decade as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country. She served as superintendent of the Richmond, Virginia, schools from 2002 to 2008. During her tenure, 95 percent of Richmond’s lowest performing schools achieved full accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning legislation, and the district as a whole improved from 18 to 91.7 percent. In 2009, Jewell-Sherman was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and in 2015 she received the Morningstar Family Award in recognition of teaching excellence. She has done extensive work with the University of Johannesburg in South Africa as the principal investigator for an initiative between the faculty of HGSE and the University of Johannesburg. Recently, she has begun collaborating with the Qatar Education Foundation on leadership, communication and strategic planning. Currently, Jewell-Sherman serves as a key faculty member for HGSE's new Doctor of Education Leadership Degree (Ed.L.D).


Enrollment Instructions

Women in Education Leadership is an application program. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible.

Step One

You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.

Step Two

You will be asked to respond to the following question:

  • How would you describe your leadership style? What are your aspirations as a leader, and how might this program help you accomplish your goals? (250 word limit)
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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