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Executive Program for Education Leaders


Schools must provide students with experiences both in and beyond the classroom that build the skills they need for future success. Yet education leaders face limited resources, workforce challenges, and conflicting constituent demands. As a result, creating the quality of schools that our rapidly changing and challenging world demands requires leaders to be dynamic and entrepreneurial change agents.

Stanford Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business join forces to offer Stanford's Executive Program for Education Leaders (EPEL). The program supports the development of innovative, problem-solving management skills and leadership capacity for superintendents.

Stanford will soon invite superintendents and Charter Management Organizations to apply to the July 16-19, 2017 program.

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Curriculum and Outcomes

EPEL's curriculum addresses the expressed needs of districts in the changing education policy context, building on the cutting-edge research of Stanford faculty to challenge routine assumptions and predictable strategies, strengthening the knowledge and insight that drive superintendents' leadership.

EPEL participants develop a strong network of relationships with a diverse group of peers in a stimulating, campus-based learning environment.

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“As a busy educational leader, my time is the scarcest of all commodities. Attending EPEL helps maximize the professional development time budgeted for me and our leadership team. The chance to work in close collaboration with the faculty team from Stanford University’s internationally acclaimed graduate schools of education and business is a unique opportunity. Our district team is learning the latest research in the area of leadership, management, and education from the researchers themselves in a close and collegial learning environment. The experience to work, learn, and immerse our team in an world class academic environment engages, challenges and invigorates the entire leadership team.”

- Donald Gill, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Antioch Unified School District

“My experience in Stanford EPEL provides a wonderful opportunity to deepen my own knowledge base and renew my focus on building a strong school organization. Our time with the professors allowed me to interact with challenging organizational dynamics that are experienced in the private sector and think about how private sector solutions transfer into educational settings. Our team had a great experience and are using the content of the week to redefine our District messaging and refine our improvement plans and focus.”

- Dr. Steve Tietjen, Superintendent of Los Banos Unified School District

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