Last year, Principal Matthew Brown led the charge in opening the new Diane Patrick Elementary in Arlington. He was well-equipped to do it, too. Brown used some of what he learned during his Raise Your Hand Texas-sponsored, week-long program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to guide his decisions — which teachers to hire, what kind of school culture to cultivate, and how to successfully manage an at-capacity, majority minority school with an almost 95 percent socioeconomically challenged student population.
“My experience at Harvard gave me the tools to see how to build a sustainable system with my staff, community, and students,” Brown said. “The week truly allowed me to stretch my thinking and learning to effectively manage change and growth on my campus, and to ultimately become a more strategic instructional leader.”
Then there’s Susan Cleveland, principal at Boerne Middle School in the Boerne school district. In 2014, Raise Your Hand Texas selected her to attend a course at Harvard called, Leadership: An Evolving Vision. Cleveland recently reported, “That week will become who I am. Not just what I teach.”
There are many more Harvard leadership program alums we can quote. In fact, Raise Your Hand has sponsored more than 700 visionary principals for the summer courses. We cover travel, hotel stay, tuition expenses, and we provide a daily stipend for all principals selected.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re currently a seated principal at a public or charter school in Texas who’s looking for transformational professional development, apply now for a sponsorship. The deadline is Thursday, January 29th.