2017 Harvard Application

The Harvard National Institute for Urban School Leaders provides you the opportunity to refine your leadership skills and broaden your understanding of teaching and learning. You will examine successful practices from urban settings, set high expectations for achievement, and explore strategies that promote student engagement. The 2017 session will be held 6/11/17 to 6/16/17.

By the end of the program you will understand how to:

    • Identify leadership roles and styles required to improve teaching and learning in the instructional core
    • Examine the beliefs, cultural changes, and teaching and learning strategies required to promote high student achievement
    • Consider the effects of race, class, and culture on the learning community
    • Learn effective approaches for ensuring the inclusion of all students
    • Explore practice-based techniques for closing the achievement gap

For a detailed explanation of the program visit https://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/program/national-institute-urban-school-leaders

How to Apply

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

    • Applicants must be a current Texas public or public charter school principals in one of the 11 major urban districts.
    • 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 improvment plan
    • Submit your campus improvment 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. All applicants must be assigned to schools or districts designated as “Major Urban” by the Texas Education Agency.

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, and 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 leadership framework. Maximum 500 words. Questions to consider:
        1. What traits and characteristics must a leader possess?
        2. What is your decision-making process and how do situational factors influence the way you lead?
        3. What do you view as your formal and informal roles as a leader on your campus?
    • 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 principals in one of the 11 major urban districts.

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.