Amarillo Principal Goes to Harvard Over the Summer


Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to strengthen and improve public education, sponsored 95 principals from 61 school districts and four charter school organizations to participate in a summer leadership program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

With this year’s group, Raise Your Hand Texas has sponsored more than 900 principals to attend Harvard in the eight years of the program. Raise Your Hand covers all expenses for those selected, including program tuition fees, travel, hotel and other discretionary funding – an average of about $7,500 per attendee, for a total of nearly $750,000 in sponsorships for 2016, and more than $6 million since the program’s inception.

“Building strong campus leaders is one of the fastest, most effective ways to improve education for all kids in public schools across Texas,” said Dr. Andre Morgan, program director for Raise Your Hand Texas. “With this year’s cohort, Raise Your Hand will have sponsored more than 10 percent of all Texas principals to benefit from a rigorous weeklong program at the Harvard Leadership Institutes.”

Attendees will join campus leaders from around the globe in one of the following six institutes, and engage in training and workshops led by national and international experts in the fields of education and leadership.

National Institute for Urban School Leaders

  • Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership
  • Leadership: An Evolving Vision
  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Family Engagement in Education
  • School Turnaround Leaders

Each Institute lasted for 5-7 days over the summer.

Wills Elementary School Principal Chris Altman was the only educator in the area to go to Harvard this summer.


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