PELP Summer Institute

July 10-14, 2023 - On-Campus Institute

What You Will Learn

Attendees at a classroom lectureBy adapting proven management concepts to the unique challenges of your school system, you will learn to build and sustain high-performing district teams, while enhancing both individual and group leadership skills. Moreover, you will leave the program with the tools and insights to formulate and execute a strategy that elevates performance across all district schools.

Who Should Attend

The PELP Summer Institute is designed for teams of eight participants, including the superintendent/CEO, and other district personnel from both the district-level and school-level leadership ranks. The PELP Project focuses upon U.S. large urban school districts, and teams are organized around a strategic problem of practice. Team composition is selected by the superintendent and can include a range of actors in the school district to include but not limited to senior cabinet leaders, principals, teacher leaders, union presidents, school board members, community liaisons, and instructional specialists.


$36,000 for a team of 8. The 2023 institute will be held on HBS campus. Districts are responsible for travel to and from Boston.

How to Apply

Superintendents or designees can complete the application online by December 16, 2022 to express your district’s interest in attending the 2023 PELP Summer Institute. For specific PELP project or summer institute questions, call Carina Traub at 617.496.1819 or email


"The environment at PELP creates a unique and special forum for school district leaders. The most valuable elements of the program are the experiences with world-class faculty, time together as a district team, and time with other districts – away from the day-to-day demands of our district jobs. The program helped us define what success would look like and got us thinking about goals and strategy."  –  former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (prior PELP participant as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools)