Johns Hopkins Launches Online Educational Leadership Institute

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Johns Hopkins University has added an “Online Educational Leadership Institute” to its offerings for leaders of education companies and organizations, it was announced today.

Hopkins, which rolled out a full doctorate-in-education program last year in conjunction with input from the Education Industry Association, is part of a trend that finds universities meeting the demand for programs and courses in this arena. Other institutions of higher learning are also targeting school leaders and private-sector developers capable of bringing new ideas, and possibly new products and technologies, to schools, as we reported in “Universities Create Ed. Entrepreneur Programs.”

The emerging field of “neuroleadership” is one of the areas being studied in the Entrepreneurial Education Leadership course that will be offered this fall. In it, leaders will learn “how to function, and how to think better, in a fast-moving, fast-paced, quickly changing technology environment,” explained Henry Smith, executive director of Partnerships in Educational Transformation at the Baltimore-based university. Neuroscience is a strength at Hopkins, he said.

Hopkins is offering three other courses through the institute in the 2013-14 year. They are: “Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning,” “Turnaround School Leadership,” and “Education Policy and Politics for the 21st Century.”

These courses are available only to students who have master’s degrees, said Smith, noting that entrepreneurs and leaders of educational organizations might be more likely to take a class than to get an Ed.D. For its doctoral program in this area, Hopkins worked with the EIA to develop curriculum, research, and business-development programs around education entrepreneurship.

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