University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Leading for School Improvement

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

About the Program

Equity, continuous improvement, and school improvement are part of the K-12 school reform lexicon, but what do these terms really mean and what do they look like in practice?


The Leading for School Improvement Virtual Institute connects school leaders in an intensive community of practice, and equips them with frameworks and practical theories for organizational change approaches grounded in improvement sciences.

Developed for K-12 leaders and supervisors, this program offers resources and tools for participants to take an intentional, deliberate, systematic, and adaptive approach to school improvement. School leaders will develop a deeper understanding of how to facilitate positive, sustainable, and equity-focused change within their schools.

What You'll Gain
  • Develop a mindset and skills for school improvement that integrate equity consciousness, adaptive leadership and continuous improvement
  • Walk away with a set of resources and considerations for leading school improvement with critical equity orientation.

Who Should Enroll

Individuals and teams with an idea or potential solution addressing a critical problem in education. Participants can include:

  • K-12 leaders
  • Supervisors of K-12 leaders
  • Leadership faculty

Key Topics
  • Continuous improvement
  • Adaptive learning
  • Critical leadership praxis
  • Planning for school improvement
  • Processes for school improvement

Dr. Katie Pak

Dr. Katie Pak

School Improvement and Data Specialist

School District of Philadelphia



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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 4:30pm–7:30pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 7/1/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.