People learn best by doing. The Broad Residency combines real-world experience with coursework and development to help you build a meaningful career serving students and communities with courage, resilience and empathy.

Practice-based learning helps you make meaningful impact

Residents attend quarterly sessions with their cohort to learn from respected faculty as well as each other while working full-time in K-12 public education. Sessions are held in different cities to gain real-world perspectives from improvement efforts in those regions as well as local leaders and practitioners doing the work. When they graduate from the two-year program, Residents have earned a master’s degree in education leadership.

The Residency curriculum is built around four key subjects:

Foundations of Urban Education

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

Strategic Transformation of School Systems

  • Theories of action
  • Budget and finance
  • Accountability, transparency and data-driven decision making
  • Labor-management relations
  • Innovative school models

Organizational Change

  • Talent management
  • System-wide strategy
  • Leading change efforts and initiatives
  • Understanding governance structures

Leadership Development

  • Navigating organization
  • Crucial conversations
  • Race and personal identity
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Communicating to be heard
  • Authentic stakeholder engagement
  • Situational leadership
  • Personal sustainability

Those who can… teach

These experts bring first-hand knowledge to the cohort learning environment.

Support, every step of the way

Residents have access to a range of supports throughout the program and beyond. Each Resident is matched with a staff adviser to help address hurdles and degree progression. Experienced alumni are on call to counsel through work-related challenges. And in each cohort, Residents are grouped into smaller peer-advisory teams who meet virtually, between sessions, to share knowledge and offer support.

Residents also participate in 360-degree feedback reviews during each year of the program. These reports help identify performance successes and areas for improvement. After the 360-degree review in the second year, executive coaches help our Residents grow even further.

Connections that last a lifetime

Residents have a deep appreciation for the cohort experience our program offers. Feeling pushed to be better and try new ideas by their peers, our alumni report having learned as much from cohort interaction as from traditional instruction. That camaraderie endures long after graduation.

The Broad Center’s Broad Residency in Urban Education is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 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.

For more specific information about our accreditation and Resident achievement, click here.