Learn how schools can more effectively promote students’ commitment to justice and caring for others, including for those different from them in culture, race, political orientation and other characteristics.
Making Caring Common: Justice, Care, and Equity Leadership Institute
Offered in collaboration with the Making Caring Common Project (MCC), a national effort to help raise young people who care about others and the common good, the Justice, Care, and Equity Leadership Institute is an opportunity for a diverse and talented group of district- and school-leaders from across the country to engage with each other and national experts on how schools can more effectively promote students caring and a commitment to justice during this politically and morally troubled time.
Together, participants will learn ways to prepare young people with the capacities to heal the divisions in our communities; engage meaningfully within and outside their school communities around issues of justice and equity; and explore best practices to develop in all school stakeholders the motivation, awareness, and skills required to create caring and just school communities.
These sessions are a great way for both new and experienced district- and school-leaders to expand their network of like-minded educators, collect and share insights, and engage with both diverse Harvard University faculty members as well as other experts in the field of education on these crucial topics.
Over a series of five, live interactive sessions, school- and district-leaders will develop a framework for advancing caring, equity and justice in their schools, learn about concrete tools for developing a caring and just community, and gather insights and strategies for developing in students the capacity to care across difference and to challenge unjust systems, including racist systems.
Prior to joining virtual sessions, participants will undergo both self- and organizational readiness audits and administer a brief survey to students and staff at their school to measure both the strengths and needs of their school community. This work will provide real world data to analyze and work with during live sessions.
During sessions, participants will work directly with their own data, alongside Harvard faculty, expert practitioners, and a cohort of fellow school leaders, to develop their own easy-to-implement action plan to improve their school’s culture and to cultivate in students the skills and capacities needed to create a more caring and just world.
By the end of this program, participants will have a defined plan and concrete, easy to implement strategic interventions in hand that they can put into action immediately to create key changes in their school.
This program requires live-online session attendance.
- Session #1: Leading for Justice, Caring and Equity
June 8, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Speakers: John B. King, President and CEO of The Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education; Richard Weissbourd, Faculty Director of Making Caring Common and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Session #2: Using Teaching and Learning as a Gateway for Promoting Equity, Justice and Student Voice
June 17, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Speaker: Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools
- Session #3: Preparing Students to be Caring Citizens and Change Makers
June 30, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Speakers: Pedro Noguera, Dean of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education; Meira Levinson, Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Session #4: Anti-Racism Work in Schools
July 15, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Speaker: Daren Graves, Associate Professor of Education and Social Work at Simmons University and Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Session #5: Bridging Differences and Promoting Justice in a Morally Troubled Time
July 22, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Speakers: Glenn Manning, Senior Project Manager at Making Caring Common; Richard Weissbourd, Faculty Director of Making Caring Common and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Develop a framework for advancing caring, equity and justice in schools, learn about concrete tools for developing a caring and just community, and gather insights and strategies for developing in students the capacities to care about others and to challenge unjust systems, including racist systems
- Identify key areas for personal and organizational growth and develop data-informed action plans to promote equity and justice in school communities
Who Should Attend
- K-12 school- and district-level leaders
- District Leaders (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Charter Management Executives)
School Leaders (Principals, Heads of School, Vice and Assistant Principals, Deans, Department Chairs)
Senior Lecturer on Education
Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology
President and CEO of The Education Trust
CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools
Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA
Professor of Education
Senior Project Manager, Making Caring Common
Fees & Policies
Full tuition is due by the indicated payment deadline, please refer to the individual program’s community and application page for payment deadlines. While a purchase order confirms enrollment, full payment is still required by the final payment deadline. Please note that failure to pay by the payment deadline will result in your withdrawal from the program.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. The school is not responsible for any planning expenses incurred.
Closed Captioning and Accessibility
This online course consists of live web conferences. For live events, we will arrange for captioning services upon your request. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require these accommodations and did not note so in your registration. If possible, requests should be made at least a week in advance. Please note: we will make every effort to secure services, but all are subject to availability.