We warmly welcome current and prospective students as well as program alumni and visitors to our website. As the institution where the field of education leadership was founded, Teachers College is well known nationally and internationally for carrying our historic role into the present and the future. With an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, our distinguished faculty members prepare women and men to exercise leadership in a variety of diverse PK-12 school and district settings and rise to the challenge of addressing the most persistent challenges in our profession around excellence, equity, inclusion and justice.
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Jeffrey M. Young, Ed.D.
Director, Programs in Education Leadership
The Center focuses on developing private school leaders at all stages of their careers and offers full-year and two-summers intensive Master's degree programs, an MA/MBA dual degree with either Columbia Business School or INSEAD, and two week fellowships for Heads of Schools and early career teachers.
The Summer Principals Academy is a proven and effective principal training program through which aspiring school leaders can earn a Master's degree from locations in New York City and New Orleans.
This program offers school administrators and other education professionals an opportunity to complete a rigorous doctoral program while continuing to serve in schools, school districts, and other educational contexts.
Our Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership has a distinguished faculty whose mission is to prepare committed graduate students to serve as University professors of Education Leadership.
Adult development . . . in schools? Yes. In fact, understanding and sharing ideas--and implementing practices--that help adults explore experiences and assumptions is a powerful driver of school change. Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano share expertise that has evolved from their many decades of research and work with educators.
In Tell Me So I Can Hear You, Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano show how education leaders can learn to deliver feedback in a way that strengthens relationships as well as performance and builds the capacity for growth. The authors provide real-life examples with practical strategies for creating a safe space for feedback, finding the right words, and bridging feedback and action.
How can we help aspiring and practicing leaders develop the internal capacities they need to teach, learn, and lead in the increasingly complex environment that constitutes the field of education today?” In Helping Educators Grow: Strategies and Practices for Leadership Development, Drago-Severson presents a new learning-oriented model of leadership development that draws on twenty-five years of teaching and research with educators from around the world.
Professor Ellie Drago-Severson just published Reach the Highest Standard in Profession Learning in association with Learning Designs. This groundbreaking 7-book series, co-developed by Learning Forward and Corwin, closes the "knowing-doing" gap by guiding educational leaders through the process for implementing the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning.
"Can those who teach in and lead our schools dramatically improve the development of their students without a new commitment to their own ongoing development? Drago-Severson and her co-authors think not. But more than this, they provide an expansively intelligent, intensely practical, research-based route to realizing this new commitment." (Robert G. Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development 2013-03-25)
"Drago-Severson has created an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to learn how to be a school’s ‘principal adult educator.’" (Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development)
"Helping Teachers Learn is a remarkably ambitious and comprehensive work that describes how principals may effectively exercise leadership in support of teacher learning within schools. The book is an extraordinary treasure chest of real world examples, insights, and uncommon sense." (Richard H. Ackerman)
"Provides a lush map for the territory that lies ahead as well as practical guidelines for how adult educators can work together to make a real and positive difference in the world" -From the Foreword by Laurent A. Parks Daloz
Professor Alex Bowers just recently published Using Data in Schools to Inform Leadership and Decision Making with co-editors Dr. Alan Shoho and Dr. Bruce Barnett. This is the fifth book in the International Research on School Leadership series! The book focuses on the use of data in schools and districts as useful information for leadership and decision making. Schools are awash in data and information, from test scores, to grades, to discipline reports, and attendance as just a short list of student information sources, while additional streams of data feed into schools and districts from teachers and parents as well as local, regional and national policy levels.