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Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS)

What is POLS?
POLS is a nine-month, cohort-based Master’s program in which a diverse cohort of students gain the knowledge, theory, and hands-on experience necessary for effective leadership in a wide range of education enterprises. Through graduate coursework and capstone field projects with partner sites, students hone skills of critical analysis, teamwork, and problem-solving. We take advantage of our strategic position as a global hub of innovation to develop mission-driven professionals.

Program Overview

POLS Projects

Characteristics, Competencies and Core Values of Successful Design Thinking Schools

Marlee Burns and Haley Hemm

Prepared for the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, this comprehensive booklet outlines the characteristics, competencies and core values of successful design thinking schools. A...

Hiring and Recruiting Continuation School Teachers: Initial Findings from an Examination of Three Urban California Districts

Alex Kuehn

Teachers in California’s continuation high schools work with student populations that are markedly different from those in comprehensive schools in the same district. Yet, little research exists...

10,000 Degrees Project

Belen Gutierrez

My project was to support the implementation study of the 10,000 Degrees non-profit in San Francisco through the John Gardner Center. Throughout Winter and Spring quarters I updated literature on...

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