The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems is an independent nonprofit organization that prepares talented and visionary K-12 public school system leaders to support students in our nation’s urban communities in reaching new levels of achievement. Through two programs—The Broad Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education—The Broad Center is building a growing network of experienced leaders and managers who have a laser focus on improving America’s public schools.

Strong, transformative leaders in our urban school systems are essential, particularly when our most vulnerable students lack sufficient access to high-quality public schools. The Broad Center was created to identify and support great leaders and managers who focus relentlessly on the true mission of schools—giving all students, no matter their backgrounds, the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.

The Broad Academy is a leadership development program for urban school system superintendents. Started in 2002, the two-year program helps them grow high-performing organizations with a focus on excellence and equity for all students and families they serve. Academy fellows hold leadership positions in large-city school districts, high-performing urban public charter school networks, state education agencies and state turnaround school systems. Academy alumni have gone on to lead nearly 80 school districts, six have become state superintendents, and a number oversee large charter management organizations.

The Broad Residency identifies and supports the transition of talented professionals into full-time management roles in urban school districts, charter management organizations and state departments of education. Created in 2003, the two-year residency provides participants with rigorous professional development and instruction. Every year, more than 95 percent of residents’ supervisors say they would hire their residents again, and 90 percent of all residents remain in education, working to support school systems in operations, finance, human capital and other central-office functions. The Broad Residency is an accredited program, and graduates earn a master’s of education in educational leadership.

The Broad Foundation has invested more than $90 million in The Broad Center, which started as a program of the foundation before it became an independent organization in 2007. The two programs of The Broad Center have supported nearly 700 leaders and managers who are working to make a difference in urban public school systems.

Nearly 700

number of alumni


number of Broad Academy alumni who have been named state superintendents of the year

9 in 10

number of Broad Residency alum who continue to work in education

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