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PEPG events are intended to create an open academic environment in which top scholars can present and discuss the best current thinking on education policy and governance. Towards this end, the program has hosted numerous conferences and seminars since its founding in 1996. And in 2003, we initiated the Education Policy Colloquium Series with the expressed purpose of providing the Harvard community with greater access to cutting-edge education research.


Should School Boards Run Schools? A virtual conference series on school governance

Logo for School Boards conferenceMay 4-June 15, 2023

Governing schools has become far more difficult since the pandemic. Many school boards have, for example, become mired in partisan political controversies that have little to do with their core function: educating students. Several features of this polarized era stand out: cultural fights about sex and gender, disagreement about how schools should teach about race and racism, and the extent to which parents or education professionals should drive decision-making.

The Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is hosting seven one-hour virtual sessions with the nation’s leading policymakers, scholars, and experts on school boards and K–12 governance. The purpose of this virtual series is to examine current challenges facing school boards and to weigh the merits of alternative approaches to governing schools.

Please join us on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. ET from May 4 to June 15, 2023.

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Spring 2023 Colloquium Series


The Spring 2023 Colloquium Series has concluded. Please visit the Colloquium Series page for video and materials from the series, and stay tuned to this space for Fall 2023 Colloquium Series dates and speakers.

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