This is an online program with significant job-embedded learning.
Applies toward the Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership.
Individual Tuition: $2,250 per module | Teams of three or more: $1,995 per team member
Priority Application Deadline: March 6, 2017
We are currently accepting and reviewing applications as space is available. For consideration, please submit an application at your earliest convenience, no later than April 17, 2017.
Why is it so hard to improve schools? Why is improving classroom practice such a difficult task?
In Driving Change, participants will examine what is known about the change process in school organizations, understand how people experience disruption and change, and learn how to manage constraints and exploit opportunities in order to implement new practices with purpose and success.
Together with other participants, you will explore the principles of change development, beginning with an understanding how you think about the problem you are trying to solve, followed by how you might approach working with others to develop a theory of action and finally, to develop a strategy. This program will teach you how to scan your educational setting, examining components such as culture, structure, systems and stakeholders as you consider what you are trying to accomplish and what process might lead you there. You will learn how effective change management targets and develops the various constituencies affected by the proposed change, including leaders at all levels of the organization itself and those outside the organization. Additionally, you will use tools and practice concrete strategies to help you work with others to build awareness of the need for change, a shared mission, and a common agenda.
The final project will connect the knowledge and skills you have practiced in earlier weeks to a specific problem of practice in your organization, and allow you to test your hypothesis about that problem and potential solutions with others in a cycle of improvement. Our ultimate goal is for you to become an educational leader who can lead others to make the right kind of change happen in your organization.
Each module takes place over 12 weeks, moving through a cycle of learning, application, performance, and demonstration. Throughout the program, you will engage in a range of activities online, plus exercises carried out in your professional context.
Online activities include:
The experience is designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The activities are asynchronous, meaning you can choose when within a given week you do them. Each week will require five to seven hours of work, with more guided work during the “learning” weeks (2, 3, 4, and 8) and more job-embedded practice and application during the other weeks of the module. Each participant will have a designated online learning facilitator whom he or she can contact directly for support.
Driving Change is intended for current leaders in preK-12 school systems, including:
Andrés Alonso is professor of practice at HGSE. A graduate of the Ed School’s Urban Superintendents Program, and former deputy chancellor for teaching and learning in New York City, Alonso served as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools for six years. While in Baltimore, he led a reform effort that yielded marked improvement in achievement and climate data across all levels, and the first increases in enrollment in 40 years. A native of Cuba, Alonso graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law before changing course and spending 12 years as a teacher of English language learners and students with disabilities in Newark, NJ, an experience that is at the core to his approach to leadership.
The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership is designed to help current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders develop a robust understanding of the complexities within educational systems, while honing the leadership skills to create transformational change.
The CAEL certificate is comprised of four online modules. All participants must complete the Leading Learning module, and can select three of the remaining four offerings. Leading Learning can be taken at any point within the certificate timeline.
Each module spans approximately 12 weeks. Coursework is flexible — you can begin with any module and complete modules in any order.
Following successful completion of four modules, a final assignment will be required to receive the Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership. This final assignment provides an opportunity to reflect on the CAEL journey and to look forward, considering opportunities for further application.
The project will result in a 2-3 page reflection and is due one month after your fourth CAEL module. The primary audience for this document is YOU. A facilitator will provide brief feedback.
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:
Identify Your Team Coordinator
The Application Process
Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of competency as well as a letter confirming the amount of clock hours awarded per module (60 hours). CAEL does not provide course hour equivalents.
Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. While a purchase order confirms enrollment, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.