Schools that are genuinely inclusive and that promote excellence for all require leaders who understand the intersection of race, identity, power, and privilege in society and in the classroom.

In this module, you will embark on a journey of self-examination about your own beliefs, gain a deeper understanding of the blind spots we all hold, and learn to lead courageous conversations about difference. You will study best practices in leading for excellence and equity, including those that build the capacity of teachers and principals to recognize and honor the potential in all children.

The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) provides education leaders with the skills to create transformational, system-level change. The completion of this module applies towards receiving the CAEL certificate.

Meet The Faculty

Deborah Jewell-Sherman

Deborah Jewell-Sherman

Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership

Deborah Jewell-Sherman is the first woman professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She served as superintendent of the Richmond (VA) Public Schools from 2002 to 2008 and built a reputation as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country. Since returning to her alma mater in 2008, Jewell-Sherman has served as the director of the Urban Superintendents Program and currently, she serves as core faculty for the Doctorate of Education Leadership Program (Ed.L.D.). In addition to her work nationally with educational leaders and her yearly chairing of Institutes through Programs in Professional Education, Jewell-Sherman has done extensive work in South Africa as the principal investigator for an initiative between HGSE faculty and the University of Johannesburg. She also has collaborated with the Qatar Education Foundation on leadership, communication, and strategic planning. In 2009, Jewell-Sherman was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year and in 2013 she received the Dr. Effie Jones Humanitarian Award, both from AASA, the School Superintendents Association. Additionally, in 2015, she received the Morningstar Family Award from HGSE in recognition of teaching excellence.

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