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We are developing a new set of online learning experiences designed for mid-career professionals in public service who are unable to come to the Kennedy School for the time required for a traditional master’s degree. Our new program of six-week courses will cover three key areas of the Kennedy School’s curriculum: evidence for decisions, policy design and delivery, and leadership and ethics.
Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society Marshall Ganz, a veteran grassroots organizer, teaches popular degree program courses and executive education programs on organizing and public narrative. “Marshall Ganz influenced the way I think about leadership,” says Omar Yanar MPP 2010, who founded a public charter school for low-income students in El Paso, Texas, after graduating from the Kennedy School.
Through our executive education programs, we provide training to leaders in governments, nonprofits, and businesses from the United States and roughly 140 countries around the world. About 50,000 participants have taken our executive education courses over the last 40 years. Each year now we train roughly 4,000 leaders committed to serving the public interest.
Policy Analysis Exercise
MPP students point to the Policy Analysis Exercise—the capstone requirement—as a highlight of the program. Students develop solutions for policy or management challenges presented by real-world client organizations, drawing on the technical skills and knowledge they have gained at the Kennedy School. Ethan Forsgren MPP 2018 worked with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Health Alliance to analyze Medicaid-managed care in Iowa, and Sophie Feintuch MPP 2018, who conducted fieldwork in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, helped the International Rescue Committee improve a parenting program.
Teaching with Technology
The Teachly app helps faculty members learn more about their students and give each student a fair opportunity to participate in classroom discussions. Dan Levy, senior lecturer in public policy, and several colleagues developed this digital tool to track classroom participation and help create a more personalized learning experience for students.
Banner photo: Jennifer Lerner, Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management, teaches executive education programs on decision making.
Photos by Martha Stewart and courtesy of Center for Public Leadership