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Oct 23 - Stanford Educational Leadership Institute Symposium

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  • Courtney Schroeder
    Developing Educational Entrepreneurship Redesigning Schools for the 21st Century Stanford Educational Leadership Institute Symposium October 23, 2002
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2002
      Developing Educational Entrepreneurship
      Redesigning Schools for the 21st Century
      Stanford Educational Leadership Institute Symposium
      October 23, 2002

      Educational Leadership as the Catalyst for Change

      Forces for higher standards, greater educational choice, and more powerful learning for a more diverse student body are pressuring the U.S. educational system to change in fundamental ways. In this maelstrom of change, educational leaders are seeking knowledge about how to intelligently redesign the systems they've inherited rather than merely manage them sub optimally. While many schools are not able to produce high levels of learning for most students, some have been invented that enable all students - including those traditionally underserved by the education system - to graduate and succeed at high levels. These schools have developed very different organizational features than those designed nearly a century ago for another time and a different mission. What have we learned about creating high-performing organizations in business and education? What can we do to develop educational leaders who can draw on knowledge about teaching and learning as well as knowledge about effective organizational and management practices that will build and sustain a new breed of schools to meet the needs of 21st-century America?

      A Unique Stanford Joint Initiative Integrating Business and Education

      The Stanford Educational Leadership Institute (SELI), a partnership with the Stanford University School of Education (SUSE), the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and The Goldman Sachs Foundation, seeks to provide current and upcoming educational leaders support and proven resources and tools to transform the education system.

      To launch this endeavor, SELI will host a symposium, Developing Educational Entrepreneurship: Redesigning Schools for the 21st Century, that will examine recent innovations in school redesign and explore how to create high-performing school organizations by integrating knowledge and experiences from both education and business management. The symposium is focused on the central issue of emerging leadership in the redesign of existing urban schools and the creation of new school models that will bring about excellence and equity in our schools.

      The Audience and Agenda

      We anticipate approximately 200 attendees at the symposium with a wide range of experiences including:
      * Practitioners consisting of principals and superintendents
      * Policymakers
      * Scholars
      * Philanthropists from business and education

      We anticipate the attendees will represent a high level audience, which is consistent with our goal of influencing the thinking of key decision-makers and national educational leaders. The format of the symposium will include a mix of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will provide the opportunity for the attendees to discuss issues in greater depth with field experts from both business and education.

      The topics of the breakout sessions include:
      * Essential Elements of High-Performing Schools
      * Developing Leadership for Transforming the Education System
      * Educational Venture Philanthropy: Supporting the Growth of New School Models
      * Scaling Up Success: Issues in Expanding School Re-design

      Confirmed keynote speakers for this event include: Anthony J. Alvarado, Chancellor of Instruction, San Diego Unified School District, Steven M. Gluckstern, General Partner of Azimuth Alternative Assets, and Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

      Other speakers include: John Anderson, Vice Chairman, New American Schools; Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University; Steve Jubb, Executive Director, BayCES; Mary Anne Schmitt, President and CEO, New American Schools; Don Shalvey, Co-founder and CEO, Aspire Public Schools; and Tom Vander Ark, Executive Director, GATES Foundation. And Arlene Ackerman, Supterintendent of San Francisco Public Schools.

      FACTS about The Stanford Educational Leadership Institute

      Objective: The Stanford Educational Leadership Institute (SELI) will enable the SUSE and GSB to integrate the knowledge and resources of these two enterprises to assist educational leaders and managers in the designing, redesigning, and managing of high performing school organizations. By incorporating educational and business frameworks into their practices, superintendents, principals and teacher leaders will be better equipped to build and sustain schools that are more powerful sites for teaching and learning and for the production of equitable educational outcomes.

      The three main focus areas for SELI include:
      * Educational opportunities for school leaders including summer institutes that provide intensive coursework as well as renewal activities and selected activities that continue the learning process for leaders working on school redesign
      * Teaching materials, including cases, developed for use in the leadership training modules as well as online access by educational leaders
      * Research on school models and transformation processes that relate to theories on organizations and change.

      The major contribution of this endeavor to the field will be the conceptualization and initial implementation of approaches to preparing a new kind of educational leader - the organizational designer and inventor who works collaboratively with other leaders to build new systems for educating all children to high levels. By developing and disseminating research and teaching materials, as well as documentation of the training we design, we hope to contribute to the field as a whole as well as to the immediate participants we serve.

      Financial Support: SELI is made possible by a generous grant of $1 million from The Goldman Sachs Foundation.

      Faculty Co-directors:
      Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education; Faculty Sponsor, Stanford Teacher Education Program, Stanford University School of Education

      James A. Phills, Jr., Acting Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business

      Mo-Yun Lei, email: molei@...
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