The development of thriving inner-city schools is a major educational challenge that requires innovative, high-quality leadership. The Urban Leadership program is an innovative cohort program designed to meet the needs of urban K–16 educational leaders.
The Urban Leadership program seeks experienced classroom teachers, policy makers, and working professionals interested in promoting accountability and social justice in education. Our approach is built on the guiding principles that bringing about systemic change in education requires effective urban education leaders and that creating successful urban schools necessitates a redefinition of K–16 schools as organizations. Educational leaders in urban communities must have the capacity to integrate natural, human, and social assets in those populations. We believe that enhancing these communities with successful schools and community colleges increases the vitality of larger society.
- Students are encouraged to bridge their real-life work experience to their academic studies. 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.
- To accommodate the busy schedules of educational leaders, our courses are taught on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the first year. In year two, students join the wider PhD group in courses offered on weekdays at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
- Curricular offerings include the development of knowledge, skills, and strategies for leaders in urban settings; discussion-rich seminars that introduce students to the literature related to urban education; and research projects connecting their academic study to real-world workplace experiences.