Harvard Leadership Program: 2016 Cohort Announced

May 23, 2016 |

After a rigorous, six-month application process, Raise Your Hand Texas this summer is sponsoring 95 principals from all over the Lone Star State to attend a leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This is the largest cohort Raise Your Hand has ever sent to Harvard since the partnership’s inception in 2008. The selection process, led by Raise Your Hand Program Director Dr. André Morgan, involved three steps:

1. Writing an essay

2. Participating in a critical thinking exercise

3. Participating in group and individual interviews

This year, we received nearly 200 applications (the most ever) and completed in-person interviews with over 120 candidates in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio. While at Cambridge, our principals will join other school leaders from around the world on an all-expenses-paid trip and participate in weeklong courses taught by Harvard educators. They will also have the opportunity to connect with their peers, learn new practices, and to share their leadership experiences at one of the most renowned educational institutions in the world. There are a total of six programs principals can choose from, and Raise Your Hand is sending a select group to each of them:

• School Turnaround Leaders: June 05 – 10, 2016
• National Institute for Urban School Leaders: June 19 – 25, 2016
• Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership: June 25 – July 2, 2016
• Closing the Achievement Gap: June 26 – July 1, 2016
• Leadership: An Evolving Vision: July 9 – 16, 2016
• Family Engagement: July 24 – 28, 2016

The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has hosted more than 800 principals through the Raise Your Hand Texas leadership program, and this year’s cohort is the largest group we’ve ever sent. Through these exceptional professional development courses, some of Texas’ brightest will come back to their campuses equipped and energized to make a difference. Congratulations to all the members of the 2016 cohort! We look forward to seeing all of our new alums at the 9th annual Leadership Symposium in Austin next year!


East Point Elementary School Principal Dana Boyd has been named the 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association for her “extraordinary campus leadership … her commitment to students and staff, serving the community, and contributing to the profession.” The Ysleta ISD school leader was in the running for the nod — and the accompanying $10,000 check — with 96 fellow Texas principals. This is the latest in a string of achievements for Boyd; in 2007, she was named Texas Teacher of the Year.


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