From the DeKalb Schools Newsletter sent out July 3:
DCSD to Participate in Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Program
DCSD will participate in the Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Program (PELP) July 7-12, 2013. Through collaboration between Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this leadership development program was established to assist leaders from urban school systems drive improved performance by applying proven management concepts to the unique challenges of their districts.
Participants will explore how to develop, communicate and implement a strategy that achieves excellence across the district by drawing on in-depth analysis of management and leadership best practices in successful districts, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The following individuals will represent DCSD:
- Michael L. Thurmond, Interim Superintendent
- Dr. Melvin Johnson, Board Chair
- Jim McMaHan, Vice Chair
- Dr. Karen Carter, Board Member, District 8
- Trenton Arnold, Regional Superintendent, Region 3
- Stacy Stepney, Director, Curriculum & Instruction
- Pam Benford, Principal, Cedar Grove High School, Region 5
- Donna Priest-Brown, South DeKalb Parent Council Co-President
Before arriving at Harvard, every team attending PELP is asked to identify a strategic problem of practice that the team will work on during the team time built into the daily schedule. Additionally, the team is required to work with an assigned Harvard Professor to refine the problem of practice prior to arrival.
Upon return from the program, the DCSD Team will provide a full debriefing to the DeKalb Board of Education and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, which has generously donated to off-set the costs of the trip.