Program Overview

Course Components

(Our full Course Description can be found here.)

CPRL’s intensive, full-semester program immerses students in the theory and practice of managing, governing, and transforming the public systems and social-sector organizations that deliver and support public education in the U.S. and abroad. Hosted at Columbia, this experiential offering has three components:

  1. A comprehensive seminar in the design, governance, regulation, democratic accountability and transformation of PK-12 school systems and allied public- and social-sector organizations 
  2. Skills training in a range of twenty-first century problem-solving competencies, including working in diverse teams to address multi-dimensional problems; design thinking; taking full advantage of difference and diversity; collaborative inquiry; quantitative and qualitative analysis and measurement; organizational macro- and micro-design; project and product management; client-centered and policy-focused information gathering; and the presentation of professional advice to government and social-sector clients
  3. A high-priority, professionally guided consulting project on which an interdisciplinary team of graduate students provides design, strategic, planning, and/or implementation advice and support on matters that combine management, legal, governance, policy, regulatory, and/or technological issues crucial to the mission of the client organization—typically, a state department of education, school district, charter management organization, school-support or advocacy group, or other non-profit serving children

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