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June 8, 2016 |

2016 Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Leadership Program

The first set of Raise Your Hand Texas-sponsored public school principals have made their way to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to participate in this summer’s Harvard Leadership Program. By mid-July, more than 90 Texas principals will have taken a week-long professional development course at the prestigious university and will be added to our list of alums (totaling nearly 1000 principals over the last seven years.)

Each winter, Raise Your Hand Texas identifies some of the state’s stellar school leaders and sends them on the all-expenses-paid summer trip to Cambridge.

Above, Principal Brian Williams of New Boston ISD shares his thoughts about the first days of his experience at Harvard. Below, three other Raise Your Hand Texas-sponsored principals share their impressions.

June 22, 2016 update:
Below: Meet the second set of principals who’ve made their way to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a weeklong course on Urban School Leadership. Check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for posts about their experiences. 

The first course of the summer is called “School Turnaround Leaders” and is chock-full of sessions — some led by Harvard Graduate School of Education lecturers — designed to help principals perfect their plans to improve student achievement on their campuses.

While there is some extracurricular fun to be had during the week, our principals will tell you this is no vacation. Raise Your Hand Texas caught up with some of them to get their impressions of the first few days of the intensive course. Visit the Programs page of website for more information about (or to see if you are eligible to apply for) the Harvard Leadership Program.

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