PELP Accelerating Board Capacity (ABC) Institute

July 16-19, 2023 - On-Campus Institute

The ABC Institute is a Harvard Business School Executive Education custom program developed for members of the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). This program has been exclusively designed by CGCS and PELP for school board members and superintendents in member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools, the nation’s foremost coalition of large urban school systems.

The ABC Institute draws on the expertise of faculty at the Harvard Business School (HBS), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS), as well as the Council’s years of hands-on experience working with urban school boards.

The program will provide participants with the opportunity to explore strategic topics in urban school board management and governance using both the case study method and the Council’s Student Outcomes Focused Governance Model. Specific emphasis will be placed on leadership skills and growth, relationships among board members and with the administration and community, managing conflict, building capacity to focus on district improvement, and addressing inequities.

How to Apply

All interested school board members and/or superintendents in a CGCS cities should send a direct message to Ray Hart at with the prospective names and email addresses of school board and superintendent participants from your district.