Summer Institute in Education Systems Leadership and Policy

The Summer Institute in Education Systems Leadership and Policy is a week-long interactive seminar in Denver, Colorado designed for current and aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs working in public and private sector organizations engaged in education systems transformation and redesign. The curriculum provides an in-depth introduction to education systems leadership, politics, and policy and offers participants an opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities that come with redesigning how education is organized, governed, and delivered. 

New Education Systems Require New Systems Leaders

Education in the United States and around the world is in the midst of significant transformation. Systems built for a different time do not meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and interdependent world.

To manage the challenges and seize the opportunities that come with this change, a growing number of communities are moving away from a centralized, top-down, “one-size fits all” approach to schooling to one designed to facilitate choice and access for students, empowerment and flexibility for educators, and transparency and accountability. From New Orleans, to Indianapolis to Denver, communities are recognizing that it is better to be a master of change than a victim of it. Read more about why we need to prepare a new generation of education systems leaders here.

Program Overview & Topics of Study

The Summer Institute in Education Systems Leadership and Policy is a week-long interactive seminar in Denver, Colorado designed for current and aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs working in public and private sector organizations engaged in education systems transformation and redesign. The curriculum provides an in-depth introduction to education systems leadership, politics, and policy and offers participants an opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities that come with redesigning how education is organized, governed, and delivered.

Participants will learn in partnership with their peers and with prominent researchers and accomplished practitioners through real-world scenarios and critical dialogue. Potential participants include mid and senior level managers and executives working in non-academic leadership positions in school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, community service providers, and advocacy groups.

Participants in the Summer Institute can earn three graduate credits towards an Advanced Certificate or Masters in Public Administration in Education Systems Leadership and Policy from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Interested participants may also join a cohort to continue their learning during the school-year through a virtual community of practice.

TOPICS OF STUDY

  • The Structure of Education Systems Old & New: the design, operation and governance of public education in the United States.
  • Transforming Education Systems: The need to actively manage change. Exploring regulation and deregulation, decentralization, and collective action challenges.
  • Funding Old & New Education Systems: Exploring Values, Barriers, and Opportunities
  • Performance Management in Complex Education Systems: Flexibility with Responsibility. strategies for managing school improvement, various purposes of measurement and accountability, consider pros and cons of types of data, and balancing accountability and autonomy.
  • Governance and Politics in Transforming Education Systems: the role of leadership and managing politics and power dynamics in creating sustainable, responsive, equitable change in school systems.

Instructors

Parker Baxter
Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis 
University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs

Paul Teske
Dean & Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs

Special Guests

Anne Rowe
President, Denver Public Schools Board of Education

Cliff Chuang
Senior Associate Commissioner for Educational Options, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Chris Gibbons
Founder & CEO, Strive Prep

Robin Lake
Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington – Bothell

Van Schoales
Executive Director, A+ Colorado

Brian Eschbacher , Executive Director of Planning and Enrollment Services, Denver Public Schools

MORE TO COME

What will you get? Participants in the Summer Institute can earn three graduate credits towards an Advanced Certificate or Masters in Public Administration in Education Systems Leadership and Policy from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Interested participants may also join a cohort to continue their learning during the school-year through a virtual community of practice.

WHEN?
July 23-27, 2018

WHERE?
Denver, CO
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs

WHO?
Mid and Senior Level Leaders Engaged in Education Systems Transformation and Redesign. Potential participants include mid and senior level managers and executives working in non-academic leadership positions in school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, community service providers, and advocacy groups.

TUITION?
$3,800*

*Includes three graduate credit hours in Education Systems Leadership and Policy from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs. Tuition discounts are available for groups of participants.

Apply Now

The program is designed for current and aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs working in public and private sector organizations engaged in education systems transformation and redesign. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds and experiences.

Please complete the form below to start the application process or to request more information. If you are applying for the program, please include a description of your current work and your interest in attending. If you are interested in receiving three graduate credits from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs upon completion of the course, please state so below.