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Superintendent and Board Members Attend Leadership Program At Harvard Business School

CCS leaders attend first-of-its kind professional development program

 CCS Board Members and Superintendent at Harvard Business School July 31, 2019 – Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and the District’s seven school board members participated in a professional development program focused on strong and effective school board governance at Harvard Business School in Boston this week.

The Accelerating Board Capacity (ABC) Institute was custom-designed for the Council of the Great City Schools by a team of Harvard University faculty members and ran July 28-31. Columbus City Schools is one of 75 urban school districts that are members of the Council.

School leaders in 18 big-city school systems from across the country received faculty instruction from professors from Harvard Business School, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The program included several classroom sessions each day using the Harvard Business School case study method, along with smaller-group sessions and discussions on issues such as the Roles and Responsibilities of the School Board and Incorporating Family and Community Voice in Decision Making. 

The Council collaborated with Harvard Business School to create the first-of-its-kind professional development program designed to leave participants with tangible tools for improved governance in their respective school districts that will lead to increased student achievement outcomes and improved relations between the school board and the superintendent.

“The ABC Institute will offer a rigorous learning experience and a first-class professional development opportunity for our member school districts,” said Michael Casserly, the Council executive director, prior to the workshop. “This is a rare opportunity to learn from an institution with a legacy of success, alongside other leaders with a shared mission of improving the nation’s urban school systems.”

In addition to Columbus, superintendents and school board members from the following school districts attended the ABC Institute: Albuquerque Public Schools, Anchorage School District, Boston Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, The School District of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Public Schools, San Diego Unified School District, Saint  Louis Public Schools, Oregon’s Portland Public Schools, California’s Fresno Unified School District, New York’s Rochester City School District, Nevada’s Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Florida’s Broward County Public Schools in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Texas’ Dallas Independent School District and Fort Worth Independent School District.