Georgetown and DC Public Schools Announce Executive Master's in Leadership for DC Principals

January 16, 2013

Innovative Program to Prepare 25 Principals for Leadership Challenges and Opportunities

Georgetown University and the District of Columbia Public Schools System announced Tuesday that 25 principals will participate in a tailored version of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

“We need absolutely fantastic educators in front of every school classroom, but great educators won’t come, and won’t stay, and won’t do their best unless there are great leaders in the school creating an environment for that to happen,” said DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson during a launch event for the program. “So we have to invest in our principals. They are the unit of change, and I’m excited that they get to participate in this program.”

The principals, who were selected by DCPS and admissions officers in Georgetown’s Executive Education Office, represent elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the District, as well as the Incarcerated Youth Program. They will attend classes every other Friday and Saturday on both the Georgetown campus and at DCPS locations. The program begins January 25, and students will graduate in December 2013.

“We are a business school that is truly about developing leaders who are in service to business and society,” said David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “What is being created in classrooms here in the District of Columbia is the human capital that will fuel the development of this city and the world, so our investing in that is as good a representation of investing in both business and society as we can achieve.”

The DCPS EML program, which will be subsidized for the principals, is part of Georgetown’s mission to enhance the impact of the university and better serve the needs of the city.

“We often focus on the challenges that we face in education – and no doubt, these obstacles are significant. But, from time to time, we also are presented with opportunities – such as this program – to transform the educational experience of the District’s youth,” said Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.

Founded in 2005, Georgetown McDonough’s Executive Master’s in Leadership program teaches management and leadership theory to executives seeking to positively impact their organizations. The DCPS EML program has been slightly adapted to serve the professional development needs of educational leaders within a large, urban public school system. Created with the belief that the core of leadership development is personal development, the participants will receive executive coaching and graduate with a personal leadership action plan.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

·         Identifying the roles of passion and purpose as central to leadership to achieve success
·         Understanding the practical skills to meet leadership challenges
·         Effectively dealing with uncertainty
·         Improving motivational speaker skills
·         Successfully engaging in difficult conversations
·         Understanding and managing stakeholder relationships
·         Building trust and credibility as a leader

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at http://msb.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.