The intensive full-semester course, offered in the Fall and in the Spring, is taught by James Liebman, Columbia Law professor and former Chief Accountability Officer of the NYC Department of Education. Professor Liebman leads the course and conducts its academic seminar. Experienced former K-12 managers will help guide the consulting projects. The full-semester program awards 13 academic credits divided among three course components that will appear separately on student transcripts. Participants engage in a rigorous and rewarding learning experience, including:
- A comprehensive seminar in the design, transformation and democratic accountability of K-12 school systems and allied public- and social-sector organizations.
- Skills training in a constellation of twenty-first century problem-solving competencies, among them:
o Working in diverse teams to address multi-dimensional problems
o Quantitative and qualitative analysis, research, and measurement
o Organizational macro- and micro-design
o Project and product management
o Policy research and analysis
o Presentation of professional advice to public- and social-sector clients
o Stakeholder engagement and communication with a diverse array of audiences
- A high-priority, professionally guided consulting project on which an interdisciplinary team of professional students provides research, design, strategic planning, and recommendations on initiatives that interweave legal, regulatory, governance, management, policy, technological and operational problems and are central to the mission of the client organization—often, a state department of education, school district, charter management organization, social-services agency or other non-profit serving children.