The Principals’ Centre in Australia:

course and scholarship information

Held at the University of Sydney Business School in Sydney, Australia from 13th January 2020 to 16th January 2020. 

Join us for a leadership program for school leaders and principals from government, independent and catholic schools in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. This program is building on the success of the HCA Education scholarship where, in partnership with the Public Education Foundation and Teachers Mutual Bank, the HCA has supported over 25 public school principals from around Australia to attended a leadership course at Harvard over the past 5 years.

We are excited to announce the Harvard Club of Australia has over fifty scholarships to enable school leaders from Australian government schools that have high levels of disadvantage or are rural or remote to access to the Principals Centre Australia – Leadership for School Excellence program. Each scholarship is worth 80% of the tuition costs of the program. Additional funding may be available for travel and accommodation. For more details see below. 

Click here for the Harvard Graduate School of Education website to apply.

Overview

A new program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Leadership for School Excellence is designed to provide school leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and the surrounding region (Australasia) with the knowledge, leadership strategies, and tools to become effective leaders of instructional change and accelerate learning for all students. Hosted in Sydney, Australia, and designed for region-specific learning needs, participants will engage with Harvard faculty over four days to explore research based techniques and best practices to assist in developing a leadership plan tailored to their home school settings. 

Program Details

With content drawn from local learning contexts, and all sessions led by Harvard faculty, this program will address areas of critical importance to school leaders in Australasia – instructional leadership, school culture, leadership development, strategy, and family and community engagement. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn through faculty-led sessions and case studies, using Australia-specific examples and learning contexts

  • Participate in facilitated discussion groups that engage peers in collaborative learning and reflection

  • Reflect on and hone personal leadership goals

  • Develop a school leadership plan that can be implemented in multiple school settings and contexts

  • Build lasting connections by engaging with faculty and fellow principals and school leaders in your cohort

Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the leadership skills needed to set high expectations for instructional quality, including how to cultivate a school culture that prioritizes learning for all

  • Become a more effective school leader and learn new leadership approaches for creating change and identifying optimal conditions for student learning

  • Develop a leadership strategy informed by relevant school data and learn how to align resources and initiatives around an evidence-based approach

  • Foster student achievement and better outcomes by increasing engagement among family members, community stakeholders, and school leaders

Who Should Attend

  • Principals and school leaders from government, independent, and catholic schools across Australasia

  • Educators currently in school leadership positions and seeking to hone or improve leadership skills

  • Principals and school leaders looking to make a transformational impact on their school or school culture as a way to improve student outcomes

Scholarships  

You are eligible to apply for scholarship funding if you meet the following criteria:  

  • Accepted into the Principals Centre Australia – Leadership for School Excellence program  by Harvard

  • Are a school leader of an Australian government school that has an ISCEA of 1000 or less or the school is in a rural or remote setting 

Scholarships will cover the following:

  • $4000 (Aus) of the program tuition fee

  • Over $900 (Aus) worth of accomodation with breakfast included at Graduate House, St Pauls College

  • In addition applicants living more than 4 hours drive from Sydney will be eligible for a travel allowance

The next scholarship selection date will be for applicants who have been admitted by Harvard before 31st August. The last date for scholarship selection will be for applicants admitted by September 30th.

Please apply for a scholarship via the Harvard Graduate School of Education website. As part of the application you need to indicate that you want to be considered for a scholarship and that you meet all the criteria. Requests for a scholarship will have no effect on your prospects for admission. Scholarship funding will be made available through specific charitable foundations whose purpose is supporting education in Australia.

Acquittal Agreement for Scholarship Winners

Fees & Policies

Tuition

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials, lunch, and light refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Invoices for tuition fees will be issued within 14 days of your application being accepted. Applicants eligible for scholarship funding will not need to pay their invoice until the results of their scholarship application have been determined. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodation for the Principals Centre Australia.

Payment

Invoices will be issued to applicants by HCA Philanthropy Pty Limited ABN 93091483635, a subsidiary of the Harvard Club of Australia Inc. ABN 70814606610. Invoices will be issued in Australian Dollars inclusive of GST.

Invoices issued to applicants eligible for a scholarship are not payable until after decisions on scholarship funding have been completed.

Applicants from outside Australia will be offered the option of paying in US Dollars. Applicants may pay by Credit Card or Electronic Funds Transfer. Details will be advised on the invoice.

Katherine K. Meresth

ADJUNCT LECTURER ON EDUCATION

Kay Merseth is the faculty chair of The Principals’ Centre in Australia: Leadership for School Excellence

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Matthew Miller    LECTURER ON EDUCATION ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING    DEAN'S OFFICE      LEARN MORE

Matthew Miller

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ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING
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SENIOR LECTURER ON EDUCATION

FACULTY DIRECTOR, EDUCATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

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