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Elizabeth City

Senior Lecturer on Education
Faculty Director, Doctor of Education Leadership Program

Elizabeth City

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (2007)
Email:  [javascript protected email address]
Phone:  617.496.1076
Vitae/CV:   Elizabeth City.pdf
Office:  Gutman 433
Office Hours Contact:  Email the Faculty Assistant to set up the appointment
Faculty Assistant:  Cherise Kenner


Liz City is lecturer on education and director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. City has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential. City's work is a combination of pragmatic: "How can we do our work better every day for children now?" — and imaginative — "What might learning and the systems that support learning look like in the not-too-distant future?" City fell in love with teaching in a closet-turned-classroom in St. Petersburg, Russia. She still loves teaching, and sees leadership as a continuous act of learning and teaching. From her early passion for adolescent literacy as a middle school Humanities teacher to her current work in developing leaders, common themes in City's work are collaboration, discussion, asking the right questions, thinking and acting strategically, and learning through doing. City's recent work in the field includes supporting instructional rounds networks, developing a statewide induction program for new superintendents, and helping to cultivate personalized learning across rural districts and schools.

She has authored/coauthored many publications, including Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators (2014), Data Wise, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (2013), Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching (2009), Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning (2009), and Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement (2008).

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Areas of Expertise
Boudett, K. P., & City, E. A. (2014). Meeting wise: Making the most of collaborative time for educators. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2014)

Boudett, K. P., & City, E. A. (2013, May/June). Lessons from the Data Wise Project: Three habits of mind for building a collaborative culture. Harvard Education Letter, 29(3).,(2013)

City, E. A. (2013, April). Leadership in challenging times. Educational Leadership, 70(7).,(2013)

Boudett, K. P., City, E. A., & Murnane, R. J. (Eds.). (2013). Data wise, revised and expanded edition: A step-by-step guide to using assessment results to improve teaching and learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2013)

City, E. A., Elmore, R. F., & Lynch, D. (2012). Redefining education: The future of learning is not the future of schooling. In J. Mehta, F. M. Hess, & R. B. Schwartz (Eds.), The futures of school reform (pp. 151-176). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2012)

Elmore, R. F., & City, E. A. (2011, May 16). Using technology to move beyond schools. Education Week.,(2011)

City, E. A. (2011, October). Learning from instructional rounds. Educational Leadership, 69(2).,(2011)

Boudett, K. P., City, E. A., & Russell, M. K. (2010). Key elements of observing practice: A Data-Wise DVD and facilitator’s guide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2010)

City, E. A. (2010, November). Will unbundling provide the best education for all? Phi Delta Kappan, 92(3).,(2010)

City, E. A., Elmore, R. F., Fiarman, S. E., & Teitel, L. (2009). Instructional rounds in education: A network approach to improving teaching and learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2009)

Curtis, R. E., & City, E. A. (2009). Strategy in action: How school systems can support powerful learning and teaching. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2009)

Curtis, R. E., & City, E. A. (2009, November/December). The real race to the top. Harvard Education Letter, 25(6).,(2009)

City, E. A. (2008). Resourceful leadership: Tradeoffs and tough decisions on the road to school improvement. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2008)

Elmore, R. F., & City, E. A. (2007). The road to school improvement. In Walser, N. & Chauncey, C. (Eds.), Spotlight on leadership and school change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. Also in (2007, May/June). Harvard Education Letter, 23(3).,(2007)

City, E. A. (2007, September/October). Is coaching the best use of resources? Harvard Education Letter, 23(5).,(2007)

Hale, M., & City, E. A. (2006). The teacher’s guide to leading student-centered discussions: Talking about texts in the classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.,(2006)

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