Practice-based support to help you make an impact.

The Broad Residency provides a rigorous professional development program to support your management career in education. We believe people learn best by doing. That is why our Residents must be working in full-time roles in school districts, public charter school systems and state departments of education — allowing them to leverage their professional expertise and experience for immediate impact while developing their knowledge base and leadership skills.

At the end of The Broad Residency, you will:

  • Understand and respect the work, perspective and experiences of those working in schools
  • Understand how urban school systems work and can be improved
  • Apply management and leadership skills to execute high-impact change initiatives
  • Become part of a thriving network of leaders in public education
  • Leverage your knowledge, experiences and network to continue on your career path in urban public education


National Professional Development Sessions

Over two years, Residents participate in eight quarterly sessions held throughout the country.* Each session is convened in a different city, enabling Residents to learn from the education improvement efforts in that region as well as the local leaders and practitioners doing the work. The sessions are three to four days in length and the curriculum ensures that Residents understand the context of urban education, learn organizational best practices and develop their ability to serve as leaders with courage, resilience and empathy. Teaching methods include case studies, site visits, lectures, expert panels, reading assignments and interactive projects. At the conclusion of the two years, Residents who successfully complete program requirements earn a master's degree in educational leadership. Relevant topics include:

  Foundations of Urban Education

  • Gaps in achievement and opportunity
  • History of urban education
  • Characteristics of effective schools, teachers and school leaders
  • Youth development
  • Parent engagement
  • Standards-based instruction
  • College and career readiness

 Strategic Transformation of School Systems

  • Theories of action
  • Budget and finance
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Labor-management relations
  • Innovative schools and personalized learning

 Leadership Development

  • Navigating new organizations
  • Crucial conversations
  • Race and personal identity
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Influence and persuasion
  • Communicating to be heard
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Situational leadership

 Organizational Change

  • Talent management and human capital systems
  • System-wide reforms
  • Leading change efforts and initiatives

*The Broad Residency covers tuition and travel costs. Residents are required to provide their own tablet computer (e.g., iPad, Android, etc.).


Our approach allows Residents to understand strategies and theories, but is heavily practitioner driven.  A sample of recent guest faculty, lecturers and speakers is listed below:

Chris Barbic, former superintendent, Tennessee Achievement School District
John Deasy, former superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Patrick Dobard, New Schools for New Orleans
Kriste Dragon, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
DeLano Ford, Teach for America
Dominique Fredregill, Fredregill Professional Development
Howard Fuller, Marquette University College of Education
Christina Harbridge, Allegory
Kevin Huffman, former commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education 
Brad Jupp, U.S. Department of Education
Hansuel Kang, Office of the State Superintendent of the District of Columbia
Sal Khan, Khan Academy
John King, former secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Neerav Kingsland, John and Laura Arnold Foundation
David Lauck, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Vincent Matthews, San Francisco Unified School District
Michael Moody, Insight Education
Ana Ponce, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Monica Santana Rosen, Alma Advisory Group
Preston Smith, Rocketship Education
Ron Steiger, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Chris Steinhauser, Long Beach Unified School District

Jason Stricker, Insight Education
Sarah Usdin, Orleans Parish School Board


Learning and Career Supports

Residents participate in a cohort-based learning experience where knowledge is gained not only from work and sessions, but also from fellow Residents who bring insight from their prior and current experiences. Across the two years, we create an environment of support through multiple levers:

  • Peer Advisory Teams: Small groups of Residents meet between sessions to further discuss topics, work on assignments and offer colleague consultancies.
  • Staff Advisers: Broad Center staff members conduct regular check-ins with Residents to discuss work, hurdles, progression or other topics, as needed.
  • Alumni Adviser: A group of Broad Residency alumni are selected based on the functional or contextual needs of the current cohort. These alumni advisers are available to any Resident with a primary focus on work-related issues.
  • 360-Degree Feedback: At the end of each year, Residents receive 360-degree feedback reports so they understand how they are performing and how they are perceived by their colleagues, direct reports and supervisors.
  • Executive Coaching: In the second year, Residents are assigned to an executive coach to further their individual development. The initial conversations are based on the 360-degree feedback, but often expand to specific work projects and/or career planning.


Accreditation Status

The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems’ Broad Residency in Urban Education is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, (510) 748-9001.

Questions about accreditation or our status can be directed to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.


The Broad Residency is a unique opportunity for you to immediately impact the education of America’s students. Submit your resume today.

More information on Resident achievement can be found here.