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The Leadership: An Evolving Vision Institute provides you the opportunity to strengthen your leadership and management skills and revitalize your personal vision of leadership. Learn new methods for improving individual, group and organizational performance. The 2020 session will be held 7/10/20 to 7/18/20.

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

  • Connect theory to practice as you examine leadership practices that enhance organizational performance and enable sustainable change.
  • Discover new methods for improving individual, group, and school performance.
  • Learn specific strategies for fostering a positive school culture, valuing diversity, and communicating effectively with constituents.
  • Study proven techniques for increasing personal growth and improving relationships with colleagues and staff.
  • Explore organizational processes that improve the learning and life chances of children under your charge.

For a detailed explanation of the program visit the Harvard website. 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. Raise Your Hand Texas applicants must complete this application below and do not need to complete an additional application to The Principal’s Center on the Harvard website.

Application and selection is a five-step process:
  1. Online Application: Applicants must submit an application, answer essay questions, and submit their resume by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.
  2. Application Review and Interview Selection: Applications will be reviewed and interview finalists selected by Friday, February 7, 2020.
  3. Interview Process: Interview finalists are required to participate in a virtual/video interview process that begins Monday, February 10, 2020.
  4. Final Cohort Selection: All selected finalists will be notified by Monday, April 13, 2020.
  5. Attendee Confirmation: Attendees must submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Monday, May 4, 2020.


Raise Your Hand Texas is sponsoring individual principals serving Texas public schools to attend the Leadership: An Evolving Vision Institute. Sponsorship includes tuition, airfare, hotel accommodations and a stipend.

Application Instructions

  1. After clicking the apply now button, there are three tasks that you must complete to submit your application.
    • Create a login and password to begin the application. If you’ve already created an account, use your previous login and password.
    • After logging into your account, select the first task in the application labeled, “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership Application”.
    • Fill out all the necessary fields, and select “MARK AS COMPLETE” to move on to the essay questions.
  2. You must answer both essay questions individually before moving on to the next stage of the application process.
  3. Once you have submitted your essays, you must select the “MARK AS COMPLETE” button, and move to the final stage of the application.
  4. To complete the final stage of the application process you must upload a copy of your resume and select “MARK AS COMPLETE” button.
  5. When all three tasks are complete, select the “REVIEW & SUBMIT” button.
  6. If everything looks correct, select the “SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION” button.


Applicants must be a current Texas public school principal who has more than four years of experience as a head principal and intends to remain a principal or district leader in a Texas public school in the 2020-21 school year. A change in role after you are selected may result in forfeiture of your sponsorship.

Applicants sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas to participate in the Harvard Leadership Program in 2019 are NOT eligible to apply for sponsorship in 2020. Those sponsored for institutes other than Leadership: An Evolving Vision in any previous year (2008-2018) 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 also apply.

Expectations of Attendees

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

Before Harvard

  • Identify a campus-level problem and a professional leadership goal to address
  • Develop goals for summer learning
  • Communicate with Raise Your Hand Texas on program deadlines, travel, and other logistics
  • Sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) certifying that you agree to the terms of the partnership
  • Attend a one-day workshop in Cambridge, MA facilitated by Raise Your Hand prior to the start of the Leadership: An Evolving Vision institute

During Harvard

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


  • Attend a one-day workshop in Texas in late July or early August facilitated by Raise Your Hand
  • Develop and submit a plan to Raise Your Hand Texas outlining how you will use your summer learning to address your campus problem and meet your personal leadership goal
  • Submit related campus documents as requested
  • Make revisions to your plan and keep Raise Your Hand Texas updated on progress throughout the year
  • Participate in monthly virtual calls with your Raise Your Hand Texas cohort
  • Attend the 2021 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Symposium
  • Attend at least one Raise Your Hand Texas alumni site visit
  • Volunteer to host a Raise Your Hand Texas site visit

Key Dates

JAN. 24

Application deadline for summer 2020 Harvard Institutes – 5:00 p.m. CST.

FEB. 7

Finalists are notified they are accepted for an interview.

FEB. 10

Finalist interviews begin.

APR. 13

Final selections are complete and applicants are informed.


Finalists confirm participation.

JUL. 10-18

Leadership: An Evolving Vision Institute