2017 Harvard Application

The Harvard Closing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Excellence with Equity institute provides you the opportunity to learn how to raise achievement levels for all students—while narrowing the gaps between groups—by increasing teacher, student and family engagement. Return to your school or district with a concrete strategy to engage key stakeholders in striving for excellence with equity. The 2017 session will be held 7/10/17 to 7/14/17.

By the end of the program you will:

    • Understand theoretical and practical frameworks for approaching the challenge of closing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic achievement gaps.
    • Examine instructional leadership techniques to improve teacher engagement with students who do not perform to their potential.
    • Explore how to mobilize students to effectively improve levels of peer support for achievement among all learners.
    • Learn how to effectively involve parents and families in raising student achievement.
    • Consider how to engage your community in public discourse about achievement gaps, mapping against an external standard to help push all student groups ahead.

For a detailed explanation of the program visit https://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/program/closing-achievement-gap-strategies-excellence-equity

How to Apply

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

    • Applicants must be a current Texas public or public charter school principal.
    • Precedence will be given to applicants who serve campuses that missed Index 3 in the state accountability system.
    • Applicants sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas to participate in the Harvard Leadership Program in 2016 are NOT eligible to apply for sponsorship in 2017. Those sponsored in any previous year (2008-2015) ARE eligible to apply.
    • If you previously attended The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education through an organization other than Raise Your Hand Texas, you may apply.

NOTE: Applicants who apply directly to The Principals’ Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education will not be eligible for funding from Raise Your Hand Texas. Eligible Raise Your Hand Texas applicants must complete the application on the Raise Your Hand Texas website and do not need to complete an additional application to The Principal’s Center.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ATTENDEES?

If selected for the Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program, we ask that participants:

    • Develop goals for summer learning
    • Communicate with Raise Your Hand Texas on program deadlines, travel, and other logistics
    • Submit campus improvement plan to Raise Your Hand Texas
    • Grant Raise Your Hand Texas access to your campus data for internal program evaluation

During Harvard

    • Attend all classes at Harvard during selected course
    • Participate in all Harvard activities and complete all assignments
    • Participate in all Raise Your Hand Texas events

Post-Harvard

    • Construct and submit a prospectus to Raise Your Hand Texas explaining your plan for applying your summer learning to the implementation of your campus improvement plan
    • Submit your campus improvement plan
    • Make revisions to your plan and keep Raise Your Hand Texas updated on progress throughout the year
    • Present an overview of summer learning to principal colleagues in the district and to district administration, and invite the Raise Your Hand Texas Team
    • Attend the 2018 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Symposium
    • Grant Raise Your Hand Texas access to your campus data for internal program evaluation
    • Attend at least one Raise Your Hand Texas alumni site visit
    • Volunteer to host a Raise Your Hand Texas site visit

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PRINCIPALS

Current Texas public or public charter school principals may apply to attend this session.

STEP 1: APPLICATION

    • Principals applying for this institute must submit an application that includes the following information:
      1. Campus name and ID
      2. Contact info: Full name, title, home address, mobile phone number, work and personal email addresses
      3. Background: Education, years of experience as a teacher, years of experience as a principal, years of experience as a district leader (if applicable)

STEP 2: ESSAYS and DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

    • Write an essay that identifies a persistent problem on your campus and why you think this institute will help you address this problem. Maximum 500 words. Questions to consider:
      1. Is this problem affecting teaching and learning across the campus?
      2. Why do you think this is a persistent problem?
      3. What systems and processes must change to address this problem?
      4. Who needs to change to address this problem?
      5. What barriers will you face when addressing this problem?
    • Write an essay that describes your thoughts on the achievement gap. Maximum 500 words. Questions to consider:
      1. Why do you think the achievement gap exists?
      2. What can schools do to close the achievement gap?
      3. What you have done as an educator to close the achievement gap?
    • Upload 2016-2017 campus improvement plan
    • Upload current resume

APPLICATION AND SELECTION TIMELINE

Application and selection is a four-step process

    • Step 1 – Online application: The first step of the application process is to complete the full online application process by December 12, 2016.
    • Step 2 – Application review and selection: Applications will be reviewed and finalists selected by January 23, 2017.
    • Step 3 – Interview process: Selected applicants are required participate in an interview process that begins February 13, 2017.
    • Step 4 – Final selection: Selected attendees will be notified by March 27, 2017. Attendees must confirm participation in the Harvard Summer Institutes by April 24, 2017.

APPLY NOW

Applicants must be a current Texas public or public charter school principal.

Key Dates

OCT. 28

Application for summer 2017 Harvard Institutes is available.

DEC. 12

Application for summer 2017 Harvard Institutes closes at 9:00 a.m. CST.

JAN. 23

Applicants are notified if they are accepted for an interview.

FEB. 13

Final interviews begin.

MAR. 27

Final selections are complete and applicants are informed.

APR. 24

Finalists confirm participation.