Harvard Program To Train Urban Chiefs

June 21, 1989 1 min read

Harvard University’s graduate school of education last week announced plans to create a new, intensive program geared to training the next generation of urban school superintendents.

Participants would spend one year in a residential program at Harvard and a second in an internship with an urban superintendent, according to Dudley F. Blodget, a spokesman for the school.

He said the program was devised in response to a perceived lack of superintendent candidates, particularly women and members of minority groups, with adequate preparation to meet the challenges of leading large urban school systems.

Some 17 city chiefs have lent advice and expertise to the committee formulating the program’s framework and curriculum, Mr. Blodget said, adding that the panel “started with a tabula rasa.”

The program, which will enroll between eight and 12 students each year, is expected to be up and running by the fall of 1990.--ws

A version of this article appeared in the June 21, 1989 edition of Education Week as Harvard Program To Train Urban Chiefs