The 14 senior public education leaders who make up the opening group of The Broad Fellowship returned to New Haven on March 21 for the final module of the scholarship, a week of classes, workshops and discussions with SOM faculty, leaders and colleagues. Fellows, who come from school systems across the U.S., received program certificates on March 25th.
The fourth module of the program focused on resource management and impact retention. Yale’s SOM faculty, including Professors Amy and Jesniewski, Thomas Stefan and Kate Connie, presented their research and teaching in sessions on a variety of topics, including attracting and retaining talent; Balancing key components of management control systems; And planning a drop in enrollment in urban school districts. This week culminated in a conversation between William Hite, First Superintendent of Residence and Principal Fellow at The Broad Center at Yale SOM and the current Superintendent of Philadelphia School District, and Columbia County Superintendent of Education, Christina Grant, on Sustainable, Task-Leading Leadership and Creativity Sustained impact in public schools.
Fellow Antonio Brett, CEO of KIPP Memphis Public Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, said the final module served as an appropriate fellowship for the scholarship, reinforcing management principles and skills learned over 10 months. “Recruiting employees, establishing types of managerial controls and retaining highly skilled personnel within the national shortage,” he said.
Fellow Rosena Mochetti, Superintendent of the Napa Valley United School District, said the latest module returned to her the role of smart and transparent resource allocation in promoting equality in education: “Learning has confirmed to me that our strategic use of resources for our students is non-negotiable in public education An important dimension of strategic resource allocation is clear and transparent communication to our stakeholders about our financial decisions. Stakeholders must understand the ‘why’ behind our financial decisions. They must understand the compromises and intended impact of our investments on children’s educational outcomes. In fact, we need to see a return on our investment by demonstrating how our decisions improve our students’ learning and achievement. “
This year, the fellows experienced a combination of personal and virtual programs that focused on four topics: self-leadership, team leadership, and organization leadership; Navigation; Resource management; And Sustaining Impact. Each of the week-long modules featured teaching and expertise from Yale SOM’s faculty, as well as panels of practitioners and conversations with K-12 supervisors and senior leaders. Fellows also presented their own leadership stories throughout the program and presented practice issues through structured counselors.
The importance of transparency and authenticity in public education leadership is something that says Mochetti has resonated throughout the scholarship experience: “My biggest thing about the program is the value of systemic thinking along with the need for authentic leadership. The program reminded me of the importance of authenticity and vulnerability when it comes to leadership. Often, as supervisors or CEOs, we feel we need to transmit unchallenged, superhuman power at all times. “Security, and most importantly, connection. Organizations and communities follow leaders they can trust and connect with.”
Dina Bishop, superintendent of the Anchorage School District of Anchorage, Alaska, said the scholarship reaffirmed her commitment to leadership in public education: “The scholarship challenged me, changed me and connected me even more to the mission of education and with other leaders willing to do so. To serve. Best serve others better. “
The Broad Scholarship is an unpaid executive leadership program for senior-level public education leaders, including supervisors and CEOs of public charter networks, from across the country, dedicated to strengthening public school systems and the communities they serve. In the cycle 2021-22:
Superintendent, Anchorage School District, Alaska
Head of High Schools, Public Schools in Orange County, Florida
CEO, KIPP Memphis Public Schools, Tennessee
Superintendent, Glendale United School District, California
Deputy Chancellor, Columbia District Public Schools, Washington DC
M. Ann looked
Supervisor, Savannah-Chetham County Public Schools, Georgia
Supervisor, Napa Valley United School District, California
President, KIPP Foundation, Georgia
Supervisor, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Illinois
Superintendent of Schools, Los Fresnos United ISD, Texas
Co-founder and CEO, Ednovate, California
Chief Academic Officer, InspireNOLA Charter Schools, Louisiana
Chief School Officer, Uncommon Schools, New York
Superintendent, Salem Public Schools, Massachusetts