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Students & Alumni

POLS students are ambitious and action-oriented. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including teaching, school systems leadership, business, education technology, and government. What they share is a desire to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders.

POLS cohorts bring together small, diverse groups of students to widen each other’s view of leadership in various domains of education. Peer learning and support form a key component of the program, modeling the connectivity and collaboration crucial to education leadership. Moreover, POLS students graduate with a network of connections that extends beyond the program year.

Our students

Gabriela Mottesi
Gabriela Mottesi
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: special education, multi-language learners, K-12 and higher education policy, teacher recruitment and retention, systems change
Ellen Liu
Ellen Liu
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: workforce development, career pathways, upskilling/reskilling, higher education and employer relationship, learning science, life-long learning, career and life coaching
Drew McCann
Drew McCann
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: early literacy education, science of reading, special education, education technology, personalization, early childhood education
Kate Berkley
Kate Berkley
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: postsecondary access and persistence, adult and non-traditional learners, workforce development, upskilling and reskilling, career exploration programs for high school students, cross-sector partnerships, organizational leadership, research-practice partnerships, philanthropy

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Field project

Coaching Co-Teachers: Learnings from a Networked Improvement Community to Support Students With Disabilities

Sam Eiseman

For my POLS project, I partnered with Marshall Street's Continuous Improvement team to codify learnings from their Networked Improvement Community for Students With Disabilities. This brief...

Networked Improvement Community for Students with Disabilities: Lessons from the 2020-2021 School Year

Thibaut Delloue

Nationwide, students with disabilities represent 13.7% of all enrolled students — totaling almost 7 million students in the 2017-18 school year. Our country’s education system is not meeting the...

What is the Role of Small Family Foundations in K-12 Education?

Gabriel Cheong

This ethnographic exploration of Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation shows the impact of Intrepid’s personal investment in the lives of teachers, and how this has affirmed and empowered these...

Life after POLS

POLS graduates are well prepared to lead in a wide range of roles and contexts. Alumni work in school and district settings, higher education, education philanthropies, corporate and educational recruiting, and government. Below are a few examples of positions held by POLS alumni.

Higher education

Assistant Dean of Students, Oberlin College
Native American Liaison, Stanford Undergraduate Admissions Office
Instructor, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

K–12 leadership

Assistant Principal, Noble Network of Charter Schools
Literacy Coordinator, Harlem Children’s Zone
Academic Program Manager, Summit Public Schools

School networks, districts, government

Data Analyst, Boston Public Schools
Assistant Budget and Policy Analyst, State of Oregon
Legislative Assistant, United States Senate

Educational intermediaries and ed tech

Instructional Design Specialist, Coursera
Program Manager, Reading Partners
Education Analyst, Emerson Collective

The Graduate School of Education’s EdCareers office provides career education and counseling, job listings, career fairs and other resources to GSE students and alumni. 

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What you need to know

Admission requirements

To learn more about requirements for admission, please visit the Application Requirements page.

Financing your education

To learn more about the cost of the program and options for financial support, please visit Financing Your Master’s Degree on the admissions website.

Contact admissions

For admissions webinars and to connect with the admission office, see our  Connect and Visit page.

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