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The Principals' Center

Who We Are

Founded in 1981, The Principals’ Center (TPC) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is committed to the support and development of school leaders around the world. Through professional development programs and an extensive learning community, TPC assists principals in leading change to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. 

Supporting You Now

In the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the worldwide demonstrations calling for racial and social justice, TPC and Professional Education are committed to providing professional development opportunities to support school principals. In response to educator feedback, we have developed several new online programs and resources to meet the current needs of school leaders. 

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Online Professional Development Programs

Program Description
School Leaders of Color Organizational Development Collaborative
  • April 27 – June 30, 2021
  • Join a collaborative community of school leaders of color to explore ways to make school leadership even more effective by applying organizational development principles to real-time, shared practice problems facing today’s schools.
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course design with heavy facilitation and peer learning support
  • 10-week live online series will be comprised of bi-weekly 90-minute webinars

Navigating Complexity: A Leadership Program for Principals

  • April 15 - May 27, 2021
  • Hone and develop the leadership skills necessary to successfully lead schools through uncertainty and change. 
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course design with heavy facilitation and peer learning support
  • Approximately 15 hours over six weeks
The Path Forward: School Leadership Today
  • June 14 - 25, 2021
  • Engage with expert faculty and leaders from across the country to reflect on the past year, assess what is needed for the year ahead, and make preparations to address urgent challenges.
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course design with heavy facilitation and peer learning support
  • Approximately three hours of live sessions per day in addition to asynchronous activities
A Role Reimagined: Leadership Development for Principals
  • July 12 – 16, 2021
  • Realize your school’s vision of academic success through a professional development program designed to expand your repertoire of management skills and deepen your sense of efficacy as a school leader. 
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course design with heavy facilitation, coaching, and peer learning support
  • Approximately three hours of live sessions per day in addition to asynchronous activities
The Principals’ Network
  • Online learning community and network for school leaders
  • Free through September 1, 2021
Leading Change: A CSML Course
  • Learn to drive school change and help diverse stakeholders establish priorities and improve practice. 
  • Part of the Certificate in School Management and Leadership
  • Asynchronous, case-based course design
  • Approximately 16 hours over 4 weeks
Leading Schools: A CSML Course
  • Learn to identify existing challenges, incorporate and support innovation, and take a strategic problem-solving approach to planning and driving school improvement
  • Part of the Certificate in School Management and Leadership
  • Asynchronous, case-based course design
  • Approximately 16 hours over 4 weeks
Leading People: A CSML Course
  • Identify ways to manage and motivate staff, foster continuous improvement, and build leadership capabilities among individuals, groups, and teams throughout the school.
  • Part of the Certificate in School Management and Leadership
  • Asynchronous, case-based course design
  • Approximately 16 hours over 4 weeks

 

Residential Professional Development Programs

For 40 years, The Principals’ Center has convened school leaders from around the world in its transformative residential programs. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, dates for the next offering of these programs are not yet confirmed, as health and safety is our utmost priority.

 

Programs Description
Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools
  • For K-12 educators interested in deepening their understanding of the intersections of race, identity, power, and privilege in our society and schools.
  • Identify concrete strategies for building inclusive institutions and build your toolkit to teach it, model it, and practice it
School Turnaround Leaders
  • For K-12 educators and change agents directly responsible for leading or overseeing school turnaround efforts.
  • Develop a theory of action for turning around under performing schools, and learn strategies for successful implementation.
Leadership for School Excellence
  • For principals and school leaders from government, independent, and catholic schools across Australasia
  • Hosted in Sydney, Australia
  • A leadership program designed to cultivate and strengthen the management and leadership skills of school principals in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.
National Institute for Urban School Leaders
  • School leaders and teams working in urban settings.
  • Explore in-depth the leadership skills needed to set high expectations for all and to accelerate learning across classrooms.
New and Aspiring School Leaders
  • New or aspiring school leaders with 0-2 years of leadership experience.
  • Join a cohort of emerging school leaders to unpack common leadership challenges, clarify your vision of an effective school, establish your core values, and develop the foundational skills of an effective school leader. 
Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership
  • School leaders in their early careers with 1-5 years of leadership experience.
  • Explore successful school improvement models and practice research­ based techniques that will make you a more effective manager of innovation and change. 
Leadership: An Evolving Vision
  • Experienced school leaders with 5+ years of leadership experience.
  • Reflect, stretch, and strengthen your leadership skills, examine challenges to raising student achievement, and work with experts in school leadership to master effective strategies for building successful schools.

Additional Resources for School Leaders