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Stories by Roland Barth

By Matt Weber 06/27/2012 2:15 PM EDT
Ronald Barth
Founded in 1981, The Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education provides aspiring and experienced school leaders from across the country and around the world with exemplary professional development to meet personal and professional challenges. In this edition of the EdCast, Roland Barth, Ed.M.'62, Ed.D.'70, founder of The Principals' Center, reflects on the unique and evolving position of school leader. About the Harvard EdCast The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute...
By Newseditor 11/21/2011 10:45 AM EST
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Video of The Future of Leadership: Perspectives on the Principalship Founded in 1981, the Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education provides aspiring and experienced school leaders with exemplary professional development opportunities. The Principals' Center has dedicated itself to the support and development of leaders who influence the character and quality of a school, providing new perspectives on leadership and enabling participants to engage in personal reflection and develop strong professional networks. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Principals'...
By Colleen Walsh 11/08/2011 2:58 PM EST
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“Learn, or we will hurt you” is a prevailing gospel in the nation’s primary, middle, and high schools, a longtime educator said during a panel discussion Wednesday, and it’s one that needs to change. “Think about all the ways we have devised to hurt people who don’t learn,” complained Roland Barth, a former Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) faculty member, who described measures like detention of students and the threats against educators who could lose their credentials if they fail to comply with certification demands. Barth, the founder of HGSE’s The Principals’ Center, described...
By Newseditor 12/01/2006 11:37 AM EST
Ronald Barth
Roland Barth, Ed.M'62, Ed.D.'70, is an author, consultant, school leader, former HGSE faculty member, but foremost he is an educator at heart. A former teacher and principal, Barth is also the founder of The Principals' Center, a professional development program based at HGSE for school principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. For the past four decades, Barth's work has impacted educators from all over the world. He continues to do so through the many books he has authored including Open Education and the American School, Improving Schools from Within, Run School Run,...
By Newseditor 11/14/2006 12:12 PM EST
Ronald Barth
In 1981, The Principals' Center had just opened its doors to area educators by inviting nearly 1800 school leaders to participate. Roland Barth, then center director, became nervous when only four principals showed up to the meeting. Now, 25 years later, The Principals' Center has attracted thousands of educators from around the world to its programs. The Principals' Center is fully dedicated to the personal and professional development of school principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders, using executive education programs at HGSE and a membership organization to connect...
By Lewis I. Rice 11/02/2006 1:31 PM EST
Ronald Barth
For Roland Barth, it was the ultimate teachable moment. In front of a room filled with principals and other educators, he asked audience members to close their eyes and think back to what inspired their most profound learning experiences. In response, participants told stories about the conditions under which they learned best. Those stories unlock the key to learning that is in the hands of every principal, said Barth. "The educational leader," he said, "is the person who introduces these conditions into the culture of the school." The founder of The Principals' Center at HGSE, Barth gave an...

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