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Apply for Driving Change: A CAEL Module for Graduate Credit.
Change is a complex process that presents us with both obstacles and opportunities. In Driving Change, you’ll examine what is known about the change process in school organizations. You’ll explore how people experience disruption and change. And you’ll learn how to manage constraints and exploit opportunities in order to implement change with intention and success.
Together with motivated peers, you’ll take a close look at the principles of change development. You’ll develop an understanding of how you think about the problem you want to solve. You’ll consider how you might work with others to develop a theory of action. And finally, you’ll create a strategy for change.
This program will teach you how to analyze components such as culture, structure, systems, and stakeholders as you consider your goals and how you might achieve them. You’ll learn how to address the various constituencies affected by the proposed change, including leaders inside and outside the organization. And you’ll practice concrete strategies to build awareness of the need for change, cultivate a sense of shared mission, and develop a common agenda.
Driving Change takes place over 12 weeks. It moves through a cycle of learning, application, performance, and demonstration. You’ll engage in a range of activities and activities both online and in your personal and professional contexts.
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, paced work during the “learning” weeks (weeks 2, 3, 4, and 8) and more job-associated practice and application during weeks 5-7 and 9-12.
Driving Change is one of five online modules of the Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) program. Designed for current and aspiring school system leaders, CAEL is based on the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. If you’re interested in pursuing the full certificate, please visit the CAEL program page.
Current and aspiring leaders in preK-12 school systems, including:
Taking Driving Change as a Graduate Credit Participant
Participants can complete CAEL modules for HGSE graduate credit. The tuition is $2,995 per person/module. Please note that the application, as well as acceptance specifications, differ from the non-credit CAEL requirements. If you are not admitted to the program for HGSE graduate credit, you can always apply and enroll as a non-credit CAEL participant.
Participants who have been admitted to complete CAEL modules for HGSE graduate credit should plan to complete their final projects during weeks 9-12. Participants should estimate an additional five hours of study during that period.
Taking Driving Change as a Team
Taking this course as a school-, district-, or organization-level team is a powerful way to enact a collective impact on learning in your system. You can tackle a more significant problem of practice, identify unified goals and objectives together, and collectively apply what you learn as you learn, all while building skills you can apply to future problems.
Your team will work on a single, shared problem of practice across the 12 weeks, submitting a single midterm and final project that represents your collective effort. Along the way, you’ll also submit individual assignments focused on more personal learning.
Participants admitted to complete CAEL modules for graduate credit will complete a specialized version of the final activities Participants can complete CAEL modules for HGSE graduate credit. The tuition is $2,995 per person/module. Please note that the application, as well as acceptance specifications, differ from the non-credit CAEL requirements. If you are not admitted to the program for HGSE graduate credit, you can always apply and enroll as a non-credit CAEL participant.
Click here to apply for Driving Change: A CAEL Module for Graduate Credit.
Tuition assistance is available for this program on a need- and application-basis. Tuition assistance is granted based on participant and institutional needs. Requests for tuition assistance have no effect on an applicant's prospects for admission. You may access the tuition assistance application after you have submitted your program application.
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