“Learn to change the world.”
That’s the ubiquitous directive on the grounds around the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fitting, since hundreds of principals from schools around the world are in Cambridge this week for the kick-off of the 2016 Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Leadership Program at The Principals’ Center to learn skills to help them continue to do just that.
Each year, Raise Your Hand Texas identifies impressive public school leaders in Texas and sends them — all expenses paid — to one of several week-long summer courses taught by HGSE professors. This summer’s Raise Your Hand cohort is more than 90 principals strong — the largest the organization has ever sent to The Principals’ Center.
A favorite presenter each year is HGSE Senior Lecturer Dr. Katherine Merseth who — in her classically jocular manner — welcomed the first group of principals with session information and expectations. There will be a total of six week-long courses running from today through mid-July.
“These next few weeks will be intensive for the principals we’re sponsoring,” said Raise Your Hand program director Dr. Andre Morgan. “The idea is for them to learn proven and innovative educational practices from professors of one of the most renowned universities in the world, and return home and implement what they learn on their campuses to ultimately raise student achievement and success.”
Click here for more information about the Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Leadership Program or to find if you or a principal you know is eligible to apply for a sponsorship in 2017.