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The Broad Center FAQ

Created with a $100 million gift from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, The Broad Center at Yale SOM will run leadership development, research, and policy programs devoted to strengthening public school systems. The Broad Center at Yale SOM is a successor to the previously independent Broad Center.

FAQs

What educational programs will The Broad Center at Yale SOM run?

As part of The Broad Center at Yale SOM, the school will design and offer two talent development programs with strong parallels to the existing Broad Academy and Broad Residency in Urban Education. Both programs will be tuition-free, ensuring that cost does not deter the most qualified individuals from participating. Yale SOM is committed to building an inclusive community of leaders in both programs and to actively seeking talented professionals who reflect the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the urban communities they serve.

The first of these programs will be the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership, an executive leadership program  for school system superintendents and other senior public education leaders, to begin by the summer of 2021. The Broad Fellowship (TBF) curriculum will leverage the expertise of faculty from across Yale, as well as the experience of practitioners, to enhance participants’ management skills and leadership capabilities. Participants will also create a network of driven school system leaders committed to the joint pursuit of excellence and equity. This program will accept approximately 20 participants each session.

The second new program will be a Master’s in Public Education Management degree program. This program will lead to a Master of Management Studies in Public Education Management degree. Offered in modules, The Broad Master’s (TBM)  program is designed for early- to mid-career school system leaders with extraordinary leadership potential who wish to increase their impact in key K-12 systems. The curriculum will build strong functional management skills that are necessary to successfully manage complex organizations, including operations, data analysis, finance, accounting, performance measurement, organization design, human capital development, innovation, and technology. We intend to include field projects that enable participants to leverage Yale resources to address real challenges in their school systems in innovative ways, thus creating immediate value for K-12 students and communities. The Master’s in Public Education Management will launch in the late summer/early fall of 2022 and enroll approximately 30 students in each cohort.

What research activities will the new center support?

The Broad Center at Yale SOM will enable a broad-based research effort into all aspects of public education leadership. The school will recruit new faculty members with a background of conducting rigorous research in deeply relevant topics related to public education policy. The center will additionally leverage extensive data already collected by The Broad Center and conduct new research to establish a data repository that will make The Broad Center at Yale SOM the leading national research center on K-12 public school education. The Center will also create relevant surveys that collect data from a range of constituencies, perform meta-analyses of existing scholarly and policy research, and create case studies on education leadership and management. The goal is to produce a robust body of research that is relevant to decision-makers and that can inform the public debate around education policy.

The Broad Center at Yale SOM will be an interdisciplinary center that collaborates with programs and centers across Yale that intersect with the field of public education, as well as scholars from other institutions and practitioners from the field.

When will The Broad Center at Yale SOM start operating?

To ensure a seamless transition between the existing and new program, there will always be some Broad Center activity happening either in its current state or at Yale SOM. The current cohorts of Broad Center participants will complete their programs as currently structured. The Broad Center at Yale SOM will commence operations this academic year, 2019-20, by beginning a search for new faculty and staff and planning future programs. The first public activities of The Broad Center at Yale SOM will commence in 2020-21, with the launch of the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership, an academic conference and other gatherings, and the deployment of a research database. The Master’s in Public Education Management will commence in the late summer/early fall of 2022.

How will this center affect the rest of Yale SOM?
  • The Broad Center at Yale SOM is a perfect fit with the school’s mission of educating leaders for business and society. Indeed, the school already has a critical mass of students, alumni, and faculty engaged in public education. For more than a decade, students at Yale SOM have hosted the Education Leadership Conference; and a number of SOM alumni have completed programs through The Broad Center. The Broad Center at Yale SOM will enrich the resources and networks available to the entire Yale community. Faculty hired to support the teaching mission of The Broad Center at Yale SOM will contribute to the whole school and teach courses available to students in other degree programs. In addition, courses developed for the Master’s in Public Education Management will also be open to MBA and other master’s students, as well as students from across the university. The knowledge generated at The Broad Center at Yale SOM will be accessible to the entire Yale student body, inspiring a subset to pursue careers in public education management and others to apply their learning to their civic engagements.

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What can alumni of The Broad Center expect?

Yale SOM is committed to continuing and strengthening The Broad Center alumni community and making the network a powerful resource for leaders in public education across the country. Both Broad Center alumni and Yale SOM alumni working in the education sector will be a critical component of the center’s strategy. We anticipate that the Broad Center at Yale SOM will become a convening point for these alumni stakeholders, as well as current Yale students, and the center will hold events and sponsor other programs to facilitate networking, community-building and knowledge sharing within this group. Broad Center alumni will receive career development resources through the center that will be comparable to those that SOM provides to other alumni with a focus on the K-12 leadership experience.

How will this center interact with the larger New Haven community?

Launching the Broad Center at Yale SOM  provides an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between New Haven and the university. While crafting new curriculum, SOM will investigate challenges and successes unique to public education in New Haven and Connecticut. The Center intends to build upon existing connections and partnerships between Yale and the city’s public schools and expand capabilities to bring faculty expertise into conversation with best practices from district leaders and educators. As the Center recruits students from across the country, including the state of Connecticut, it will also look to foster the professional development of district leaders from the city, as well as Connecticut’s other major urban systems. Broad Center program participants benefit additionally from the perspectives of local non-profit organizations working with children and the community as well as municipal leaders whose work is deeply tied to the success of New Haven’s families and K-12 students.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For inquiries about current or past activities of The Broad Center, visit https://www.broadcenter.org.
For inquiries about plans for the Broad Center at Yale SOM, email broadcenter@yale.edu.