The School Leadership Challenge

Roles and Strategies for Philanthropy to Make a Difference

Grantmakers for Education

2009, 31 pages. Grantmakers for Education, 720 SW Washington Street, Suite 605, Portland, OR, 97205, 503-595-2100,

In May 2007, grantmakers from around the country came to Cambridge, Mass., for an investigation of education leadership and the role of philanthropy that was sponsored by Grantmakers for Education. In a series of discussions with education leaders and a select group of faculty members from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Business School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Institute participants discussed organizational change, leadership development and school-system management. To inform the discussions, group members analyzed case studies, examined research and shared insights from their own work. This report shares the answers that emerged from the discussion held during the Institute. The main focus of the report is on two aspects of the conversations: the challenge of leading change and the role of philanthropy in improving education leadership.