2017 Harvard Application

The Harvard School Turnaround Leaders Institute provides your campus leadership team the opportunity to analyze the details of your turnaround plan and develop a theory of action for successfully turning around your school. In turn, your theory of action should be use to refine your turnaround plan and the develop your targeted implementation plan. The 2017 session will be held 6/5/17 to 6/9/17.

By the end of the program your team will understand how to:

    • Transform school culture.
    • Identify and achieve early success.
    • Measure your results.
    • Understand how to align school-level efforts with district and state goals.
    • Implement your new theory of action.

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

How to Apply

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

All applicants for the School Turnaround Leaders Institute must currently be assigned to an Improvement Required (IR) Year 2 or above campus

    • Campus leadership teams assigned to campuses identified as IR Year 2 or above
      1. Campus leadership teams must include the principal, teacher leader(s), and the district coordinator of school improvement (DCSI)
      2. Campus leadership team may include assistant principals, school counselors, instructional coaches, a local Education Service Center turnaround team member, the campus’ professional service provider (PSP)
      3. Campus team may include up to five team members
    • Individual principals may apply to attend this session; however, precedence will be given to team applications

Other Information

          • 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 plans 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 school turnaround plan and targeted implementation plan
        • Submit your targeted implementation 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 TEAMS

STEP 1: IDENTIFY A TEAM LEADER

        • The team leader is responsible for submitting the team application documents and serving as the primary point of contact for the team.

STEP 2: TEAM SELECTION

        • A team selection form must be submitted by the team leader. The team selection form includes basic information about the campus, and the names and email addresses of the individual team members. When completing the team selection form, the team leader should be prepared to include the following information:
          1. Campus name and ID
          2. Full name and email address for each team member

STEP 3: CAMPUS OVERVIEW ESSAY and DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

        • Teams are required to complete a campus overview essay that describes their current approach to improving academic performance on their campus. This activity must be completed as a team. Maximum 500 words.
            Questions to consider:

            1. What is your current vision and mission for your campus, and how do you use your vision and mission to inform decisions?
            2. What are your current strategies and interventions for school turnaround or school improvement?
            3. What is included in your campus professional development plan?
            4. What role does the district play in supporting your campus, and how is the district’s support for your campus different from other campuses in your district?
            5. How does your campus leadership team work together to continuously improve teaching and learning?
        • Upload 2016-2017 targeted improvement plan
        • Upload campus turnaround plan, if applicable
        • Team leaders will upload all of the above documents on their individual Team Member Application

STEP 4: INDIVIDUAL TEAM MEMBER APPLICATION

        • After the team selection form is submitted, each team member, including the team leader, will receive an email with a link to an individual Team Member Application that must be completed by the application deadline, 9 a.m. December 12, 2016.
        • When completing the individual Team Member Application all team members should be prepared to submit 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)
        • Team members must each work independently on an essay that identifies a persistent problem on their campus and why they think this institute will help 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?

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUAL PRINCIPALS

Individual principals may apply to attend this session alone; however, precedence will be given to team applications. All applicants for the School Turnaround Leaders Institute must currently be assigned to an Improvement Required (IR) Year 2 or above campus

STEP 1: APPLICATION

        • Principals applying for this institute must submit an application that includes the following:
          1. Contact info: Full name, title, home address, mobile phone number, work and personal email addresses
          2. 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

        • Applicants are required to complete a campus overview essay that describes their current approach to improving academic performance on their campus. Maximum 500 words.
            Questions to consider:

            1. What is your current vision and mission for your campus, and how do you use your vision and mission to inform decisions?
            2. What are your current strategies and interventions for school turnaround or school improvement?
            3. What is included in your campus professional development plan?
            4. What role does the district play in supporting your campus, and how is the district’s support for your campus different from other campuses in your district?
            5. How does your campus leadership team work together to continuously improve teaching and learning?
        • Applicants must also write an essay that identifies a persistent problem on their campus and why they think this institute will help 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?
        • Upload 2016-2017 targeted improvement plan
        • Upload campus turnaround plan, if applicable
        • 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

Campus leadership teams must include the principal, teacher leader(s), and the district coordinator of school improvement (DCSI)
Individual principals may apply to attend this session; however, precedence will be given to team applications.

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.