Talent Development

We develop community leaders and their teams to manage complex, cross-sector initiatives that yield positive outcomes for children at scale.

In 2018, we co-organized the Inaugural Leadership Institute, “Strengthening Community Leadership to Help All Children Thrive.” Twenty community teams from across the U.S. participated in the five-day training. The Institute was led by faculty from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and MIT as well as practitioners and national leaders. We have hosted annual in-person and virtual convenings with local, regional, and national leaders deeply vested in this work. Through By All Means and our Institute for Success Planning, we also support the work of mayors, superintendents, and local backbone leaders in year-long professional development programming.

Supporting Place-Based Models

We support leaders of place-based partnerships advancing cradle-to-career models that place young people and families on pathways to socioeconomic mobility and racial equity.

We align with key national organizations, exemplary practitioners, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard-based centers and initiatives to foster a national talent development strategy for the place-based partnership field focusing on cradle-to-career solutions. We are model-agnostic, supporting communities working with Communities in Schools, StriveTogether, Purpose Built Communities, Partners for Rural Impact, William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and other networks and models.

Convening Thought Leaders, Communities, and Practitioners 

We have a track record of convening thought leaders from Harvard and beyond on issues of child and youth development.

We support a wide range of place-based approaches—from Federal Promise Neighborhoods to regional backbone organizations, Children’s Cabinets, and community schools. We are actively working in partnership with over two dozen communities throughout the U.S. from a diversity of national networks. We partnered with the William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children’s Zone to co-organize and host the Summer Institute for Neighborhood Leaders, an annual national convening that aims to support the leaders of place-based partnerships advancing neighborhood-based cradle-to-career models that place young people and families on pathways to socioeconomic mobility and racial equity. 

 

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VIDEO: 2022 Summer Institute: Transforming Place through Neighborhood Leadership

We partnered with the William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children's Zone to host a weeklong institute for local leaders.

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Working with Communities to Improve Systems for Children

Institute for Success Planning helps communities design, expand & improve systems of personalized support & opportunity for kids.

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VIDEO: By All Means: Expanding Access to Opportunity for All Children through Collaborative Action

Our cross-sector work supports local communities as they create integrated systems of child well-being and education.

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Student Engagement

We engage with students through courses in collaborative action and personalization, research assistant positions, summer internships, and a doctoral fellowship to improve practice and policy design.

At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we have witnessed a growing focus on the role of cross-sector leadership within the degree programs. Our director Paul Reville has served as Faculty Co-Chair in HGSE's Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program, which prepares candidates for system-level, cross-sector leadership positions. Paul and other members of our team teach graduate courses that prepare graduates to work in the collaborative action field. Recent courses include Leading with the Board and Collaborative Action for Children: Redesigning Education for Equity. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.