Leadership & Civic Development

Penn Center for Educational Leadership provides programs and services targeted at improving leadership in schools and districts, helping them enhance students achievement and growth. Read more.

The Mid-Career Doctorate in Educational Leadership: An accelerated Ed.D. program for mid-career professionals in K-12 administration. Emphasizes core management strategies and applied research skills. Read more.

The Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management: An accelerated Ed.D. program for executives and senior managers in higher education. Emphasizes core management strategies and applied research skills. Read more.

The Aspiring Superintendents Program supports those who aspire to the role of superintendent to be successful in the transition toward this critical educational leadership role. Facilitated by the staff of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership, the faculty of Penn's Graduate School of Education, and five outstanding practicing superintendents from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, this program addresses leadership and change issues, shares the lessons learned by experienced and effective practitioners, and mentors those who aspire to the superintendency,

 The Educational Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals: An executive-modeled continuing education program that enables practicing professionals to earn the Pennsylvania K-12 principal's certificate and prepares them for eligibility in other states. Read more.

Teach for America Urban Teacher Master's and Certification Program:  A two-year program designed specifically for TFA corps members teaching in Philadelphia public and charter schools. Read more.

Penn Literacy Network: A comprehensive professional development/curricular enhancement program that provides on-site seminars, workshops, and mentoring programs to preK-12 educators. Read more.

The Center for School Study Councils provides professional development and continuing education to superintendents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Focuses on leadership for educational improvement. Read more.

Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium: A network of suburban school districts and county intermediate units in the Greater Philadelphia region committed to working together to address the achievement gap. Read more.

Annenberg Distributed Leadership Initiative: A major research and professional collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia aimed at promoting shared leadership at the individual school level. Read more.

Penn Project for Civic Engagement promotes civic engagement and community development in the region, particularly through the use of a variety of kinds of deliberative public forums. Current projects include the Great Expectations project in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has developed a citizen-driven agenda for the mayor and City Council and which leads civic engagement processes on regional issues from arts and culture funding to municipal budgeting. PPCE has worked with local and regional school districts to engage the public in deliberation on district and community issues. PPCE has also partnered with PennPraxis in the School of Design to design and implement the civic engagement process for the project to develop a unified plan for the Delaware River Waterfront.

Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism: A University-wide program to encourage the topics of democracy and constitutionalism as central themes for Penn research and teaching. Read more