The Urban Educational Leadership PhD program is an innovative program designed to meet the needs of urban K-14 educational leaders. Each cohort is a carefully selected group of educators and administrators who have a demonstrated potential for leadership in education or in a related field. Our courses are taught on Friday evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate the busy schedules of educational leaders.
Our program encourages students to bridge their real-life work experience to their academic studies. We encourage applications from experienced classroom teachers, policy makers, and working professionals interested in promoting accountability and social justice in education.
For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Kyo Yamashiro, or Dr. Tom Luschei, Professors and Co-Directors of the Urban Leadership program, or call (909)-621-8075.
Our program is built on the premise that the sustainability of urban communities will serve as a key indicator of the vitality of the larger society, and it regards the development of successful urban inner-city schools as the major educational challenge of the twenty-first century. The program is based upon four guiding principles:
Effecting local and systematic change in education will require a critical mass of effective urban education leaders.
Creating successful urban schools will require a redefinition of schools as organizations and educational leadership in grades P-14.
Sustainable urban communities are enhanced by the presence of successful schools and community colleges.
Educational leaders in sustainable urban communities must have the capacity to effectively integrate natural, human, and social assets in their immediate communities.
The course offerings of the program are designed around three distinct competencies: the development of knowledge, skills, and strategies for leaders in urban settings; Socratic seminars that introduce students to the literature related to urban education; and research projects based on the candidate's workplace realities. The program places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of high quality leadership in public education.
Course List 2013–14 Cohort
Reading in the History of Urban Education
Strategic Management of Human Capital in High Performing School Districts
Breaking the Cycle of Predictability
Issues in Contemporary Urban Leadership
The Politics, Policy, and Governance of Urban Schools
Creating Learning Organizations in Urban Communities
Understanding the Community Context of Sustainable Urban Communities
Coaching, Mentoring, and Professional Development
Seminar in Urban Education: Literature and Practice
Developing Transactional and Sensemaking Evaluation Practices
Urban Leadership Testimonials
"Claremont's Urban Leadership Program is distinctive in that it affords a small group of students and professors an opportunity to work together on very compelling educational problems facing administrators in urban settings. The seminars and materials have been useful for work in my own district. I have been able to share them with fellow administrators to use in our efforts to ensure success for all of our students." Ralph Baker, Executive Director, Excelsior Education Center, Victorville
"The Urban Leadership Program Provides a framework for leadership that emphasizes becoming a thoughtful risk-taker that will enact fundamental change in education. Claudia Bermudez, Instructional Coach, Independence Elementary/Magnet School, LAUSD more...
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